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The Bell at Hardwick, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

The Bell at Hardwick

4.0
4
101 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 lunch/dinner Sat 12:00–20:45 sunday lunch Sun 12:00–16:45 Dinner Mon–Fri 17:00–20:45

  • Phone number

    01296 640005

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Aylesbury

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 101 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Buckinghamshire

    Lunch

  • Buckinghamshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. AR

    ARob

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely pub great meal and service will be back again!

  2. DW

    DavidW

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    A lovely location and quintessential old village pub. Lovely outside garden and nice inside character features with plenty of space for eating. Good selection food & drink with very friendly staff.

  3. F

    Fusspot

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Lovely and friendly environment, cosy warm pub with great dining area. It was very quiet on the night we went, only a couple of drinkers and one other table for dining, although it was later on in the evening. Because of this, the food was cooked to order and took quite a while to arrive as our party of four had ordered different menu items. Well presented and generous portions but could have been better cooked - slightly overdone kiev, dry steak & kidney pudding, too salty chips. However, overall it was fine for a weekday evening supper. Good service from a very lovely waitress. The bar is well stocked and the beer and wine choices were great. Love the place but the food needs a bit of work. I should add that I have eaten here recently at lunchtime when I had an amazing steak sandwich and my dining partner had the fish and chips - both were delicious and excellently presented. It feels as if this place just needs a higher turnover to get a buzzy atmosphere.

  4. CN

    ColinN

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Where we were seated was shaded, there were tables outside but weren't prepared for dining . The eating area was not busy at all. We could have been offered a choice. We did have a query about part of one of the dishes which they didn't resolve.

  5. JG

    JohnG

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Easy to book on-line and got reminder the day before. Car park. Nice location.

  6. G

    Georgie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Best steak I’ve ever had. 😁

  7. PC

    PollyC

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience2

    The worst Sunday lunch we have ever had. Had to send it back because it was hardly warm. The meat was tough, cauliflower cheese was a mashed up mess and the gravy, which was served separately, had grease floating on the top. My husbands rib of beef was burnt to a crisp. Manager handled it well offered us a free drink and a good discount. Until they get a new Chef we will not be going back.

  8. L

    Luke

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Lovely little country pub with a nicely separated area for food. The service here was excellent and the whole meal was great value. You can tell they're putting a lot of thought into the menu so excited to see how it might develop over the coming year. Will be back.

  9. MW

    MargaretW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Unfortunately many main courses were unavailable, as they had had a ‘run’ the previous day. So the choice was very limited which meant the experience was disappointing.

  10. D

    Dory

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Large portions, really lovely Sunday lunch, no room for a pudding after starters and main, would definitely be going back

  11. SK

    SandraK

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Enjoyable meal unfortunatley had run out of a few meals.

  12. JT

    JamesT

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3

    We went for Sunday lunch last weekend. Overall the food was poor sadly as the meat was very fatty… the vegetables were also extremely undercooked . We’d had a lovely meal there pre covid hence why we booked again. It also took 1.5 hours (from when we got there) to get our child’s meal a which is difficult when you have a 3 year old. I could understand if it was busy but it wasn’t. We won’t be going back again which is a shame as the pub is in a lovely setting and the staff are pleasant.

  13. BH

    BarryH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food perfectly cooked & nice atmosphere.

  14. S

    Steakadidict528

    Hertfordshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Freshly cooked food., large portions, good variety and helpful staff. Dog friendly. Couple of good walks nearby. Will return.

  15. NM

    NatashaM

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Make sure you are hungry, the food portions were huge!

  16. JW

    JWAW

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food with friendly service. Would recommend.

  17. MB

    MikeB

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We booked for my Dads 84th Birthday lunch. The place was great in every respect, good food, great beers and lovely staff. We would definitely book again, 10/10

  18. A

    Andrewg

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Terrible food, worst roast lunch we have ever had! Avoid

  19. LS

    LindaS

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The meat was excellent and not over cooked . The vegetables were fine although the parsnips were rather over cooked and the roast potatoes tasted as if they had been reheated. Yorkshire puddings were good , not too big and well cooked.

  20. PF

    PatriciaF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Food truly unappetising to look at and awful to eat

  21. DF

    DonnaF

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely time. Food was delicious and well presented. Good service all round

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Disappointing Sunday lunch. Started with tempura prawns which incredibly greasy. This was followed by a blow par Sunday roast. Yorkshire’s we’re burnt and dry, veg tasteless but the meat was ok.

  23. PN

    PaulN

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Food was taste less ,was the worst meal we have ever had and not the cheapest. The serving staa did there best however every thing from the food,wine and atmosphere was lacking. We where put in a room at the back on our own even know there was room in the first bit. The picture looks like a lovely cottage however this was not the case

  24. RA

    RichardA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The restaurant was not overly busy, but has a warm welcoming feel. The food was delivered at the same time for all four diners, well presented and tasted lovely. The staff were courteous and helpful. On a downside, the wine glasses were not great and paper napkins are in use. The gents toilets were mid-refurbishment, though that did not spoil our evening. Would recommend a visit 100%

  25. SL

    SharonL

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent and very nicely presented. The service was great too . We were very impressed and will definitely go back one day.

  26. DC

    DavidC

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Good quality food and cooking. The price of some dishes was however around £3-4 too high.For example around £20 for lamb shank.

  27. GT

    GaryT

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful find - six of us went for Sunday lunch, the staff accommodated all our needs. The portions were generous and we loved the variety of vegetables rather than just the standard fare. Excellent all round, thank you

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely service, good traditional roast. Nice relaxing Sunday.

  29. J

    Jeff

    Bedfordshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Food was poor. Rather expensive for what it was. Service was good however.

  30. SH

    SteveH

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Friendly service and the food was good. The mushroom starter was tasty and my sea bass fillet was excellent. Would visit again.

  31. L

    Lorrainek

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were a party of 5 persons including an elderly lady. We booked The Bell at Hardwick for a Sunday Roast. Ryan and his team could not have been more helpful prior to arrival and during service. We had a perfect meal and enjoyed 3 courses and coffee. We all felt very relaxed and our waiting staff were efficient and attentive. Thank you Ryan and team, well done!

  32. S

    Suebags

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We met up with some friends for the afternoon, lovely atmosphere , great food and ambience . Staff very helpful , polite and friendly would definitely recommend it to family and friends

  33. CF

    CarolineF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience2

    We were really disappointed with Sunday lunch. Tasteless and not good!

  34. BT

    BTSmith

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely country pub with lovely atmosphere. Some food was excellent, other things could be better

  35. PF

    PatrickF

    Aberdeen

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The pub has a long way to go to recover from the previous appalling mis-management, But they are making an effort and I wish them the very best!

  36. D

    Disappointed

    Buckinghamshire

    76 reviews

    1.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2021

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    This was the opening night and no real effort was made to set a good standard.The restaurant area was cold as most mobile radiators not plugged in or did not work. Food london prices and mediocre. Service was slow. No mayonnaise as “run out”. Only one beer on tap. No atmosphere. A missed opportunity as this pub could be fantastic but no discernible effort was made to impress customers and set a high standard going forward. So disappointing.

  37. SW

    SteveWard

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect. Beautiful pub with lots of character. Welcomed in and seated in a spotlessly clean restaurant with windows/doors cracked open to allow fresh air to pass through. Polite staff very efficient and well mannered. Excellent pint of ale. Excellent Sunday beef roast perfectly cooked with lots of flavour. Very reasonable prices. Tbh I don't write many reviews, but felt this pub deserved a recommendation 10/10.

  38. CB

    CarolB

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  39. j

    janw

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    2.0

    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

  40. GJ

    GaryJ

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    3.0

    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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

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

The Bell at Hardwick is rated 4 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for The Bell at Hardwick

Lower Road Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP22 4DZ

Additional information

  • Area

    Aylesbury

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 lunch/dinner Sat 12:00–20:45 sunday lunch Sun 12:00–16:45 Dinner Mon–Fri 17:00–20:45

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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