The Bell at Hardwick

4.3
64 reviews
£25 and under
Pub
Nestled within the rolling Chiltern Hills near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, is the beautiful village of Hardwick. At its heart, stands the beautiful 17th Century Grade II listed country Buckinghamshire pub and restaurant, ‘The Bell’ at Hardwick. The Bell is a welcoming, picturesque village freehouse full of rural charm and rustic character.

The pub offers wonderful locally sourced and freshly prepared food, served up alongside locally brewed cask ales.

Today the Bell is a hub for the community offering a family friendly atmosphere, roaring log fires in winter, and a warm welcome for dogs and muddy boots in the bar. In the warmer months, we have plenty of seating in the sun or at shaded tables in our rose garden, or on our patio. We offer freshly cooked, locally sourced British food, complimented by our specially selected wines by the glass, carafe or bottle.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 64 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.1
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4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarolB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, nicely presented. Staff friendly and helpful. Service was prompt and all orders correct. We could have done without noisy man on next table with colourful language but this won't put us off going again - hopefully he won't be there!

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janw
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Nice setting but let down by quality of food. Thin white sliced toast with soup and again with mussels. Surely they can find some decent bread to serve

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GaryJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had a table booked at 1pm for lunch, hadn’t been before lovely country pub. I’m not one to write reviews but the service was very slow we ordered our food and after 45 mins it hadn’t arrived so I asked and it came out about 10 mins after, so nearly an hour from ordering lunch. The waitress was nice enough however I feel could of kept us updated more and checked on us and other guests outside more often to see if we needed more drinks etc! We will give it another try and hope this feedback is useful. Thank you.

JP
JaneP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed, if they put the cauliflower on as a starter do try it! No ordinary cauliflower! Do support them or we will lose another village pub.

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BeetrootBilly
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Mid week lunch meal. Obviously quiet but the food service and friendliness were excellent. We’re going again and would recommend it to anyone.

SB
StuartB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Please try this place out as like so many restaurants and pubs they need customers to come back now they are reopening. You’ll be glad you did.

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PollyC
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Disappointed in the menu selection certainly not as good as last time we went. Food was bland.

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LauraE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Menu looked great on line but not so good in the flesh. I had the chicken burger and chip which was served in a stale bun which had been toasted to disguise it.
Chicken was ok but overall was dry. Also no ketchup in the pub. And for a menu that all but one dish had chips was ridiculous

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LucyC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Very limited menu and very few specials left although there was only one other table in the restaurant. We felt the food was quite basic and we had a very different experience to the last time we were there about 18 months ago. No issues with the service but very disappointed with the food.

JS
JoeS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location, friendly staff, good food - has a nice relaxing time

DJ
DouglasJ
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal very professional and polite staff , made to be very welcoming,
Yes we would recommend this Pub/Restaurant to friends

AM
AnneM
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely pub in beautiful surroundings. Tastefully decorated, had obviously been refurbished during pandemic. Staff very welcoming and friendly. Food excellent. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone for any occasion 😊

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LizzyG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We booked for Sunday lunch - the food was excellent but the service was incredibly slow. Over an hour's wait from ordering to getting the starters, another half an hour for mains. We enjoyed the food a lot and we had a lovely time but it was a shame the slow service let it down.

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FionaD
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food and good service. The homemade bakewell tart is to die for!!!

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AlexR
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food as always! Best tucked away pub in the area

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RobertL
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service excellent, but choice limited. Dining room rather Spartan and a bit chilly on a damp Saturday. Add some character and put the heat on!

HS
HannahS
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely village pub with amazing food, and lots of character.

JC
JordanC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little pub just off the A413 which is a great driving / riding road and this was the perfect dinner spot.

I had the grilled chicken burger and a pint of Estrella, the chicken burger was lovely and the coleslaw was wonderful along with the nice and warm fries (seems to be a rarity during the alfresco dining!)

They have a great COVID secure setup at the minute and having recently moved to the area I’ll certainly be visiting again.

Thanks!

GP
GeoffP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fish pie, friendly service and the marquee was warmed with outside heaters with comfortable seating. Highly recommend

BH
BenH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, good food and helpful and attentive staff.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday lunch, lovely beer garden in the sun

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Penoliam
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely pretty garden to sit in
Roast was very good
My broccoli and Stilton soup was watery and flavourless.

A pleasant lunch experience overall

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Richard
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Lovely Garden area. Good beer choice. Very nice lunch stop

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AngusK
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Friendly great table service. Sunday Roast is a must.

JR
JohnR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic garden and friendly service. Great food too

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Miles
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great pub with a lovely sun trap of a garden! Good food and great staff!

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Backie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first pub supper for a long time and we were most impressed by the fish and chips and pies! Staff were very pleasant and efficient, and Covid protocol was good, albeit we long for “normality” again!

MB
MichelleB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Over all experience was good, food was tasty and service was quick.

Could have had more outside heaters as soon as the sun went down it became extremely chilly and too cold to stay longer.

But would recommend , probably on a sunny summers day 🌞

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MollyH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, staff very friendly and the service was good! Food was absolutely lovely. Will be visiting more often!

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Great
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first meal out since lockdown and it was absolutely perfect! I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know, food was great and the service was faultless! I can’t wait to go back there again! Keep up the great work!!

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Outside, was Covid secure and clean. Was cold but good to be out. Service was a little slow.

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ThomasW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food but limited choices. I think they were changing staff.

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TFletch
London
15 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding. Ambience fantastic. Highly recommend.

SB
SharonB
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our second visit to the bell under the new landlady and we had bought friends with us.
We had the Sunday roast which was as plentiful and tasty as we remembered it to be from our 1st visit. Would definitely recommend.

HP
HazelP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always. Great service and lovely venue.

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alanb
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had 2 courses,both courses we're out of this world, the roast beef was one of the best I've ever had and my wife's 2 courses we're also sublime. Would highly recommend The Bell.

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StefanI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the bell and it won’t be my last. The roast was amazing. Great service. Would highly recommend.

JB
JacquelineB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and a warm, friendly atmosphere

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AliceF
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub with great food and very friendly staff!

AR
AlexR
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is really good, Sunday roast is top notch! This has the makings of a good little pub!

FAQs

The Bell at Hardwick offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01296 640005.

The Bell at Hardwick is rated 4.3 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.