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The Bell Inn

4.6
4.6
58 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

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We have now moved to a separate booking platform; please find further details on our website:

www.thebellinnlowerheyford.co.uk

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 12:00–15:00
    Bar
    Wed 16:00–22:30
    Dinner
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 18:00–20:00

  • Phone number

    01869 347176

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Bicester

  • Parking Details

    Parking directly outside the front of the pub, with overflow into the square behind.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 58 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CP

    CaroleP

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Sharing roast was a bit disappointed with the small amount of meat , half a VERY small overcooked chicken and 2 thin slices of ham between 2 . Staff were very friendly and attentive.

  2. GF

    GemF

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious Sunday roast. Helpful and friendly team. Comfortable seating. Thank you.

  3. C

    Cazroz

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I met a friend for lunch here before visiting the nearby Rousham gardens. We had a lovely lunch in this beautiful old pub- the service was excellent and the food delicious, with an imaginative menu. What more could you want?

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food while staying for a few days nearby. Everything about the place was great from friendly welcome to service and tasty food. We would thoroughly recommend!

  5. PB

    PaulineB

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Not much choice for a vegetarian. When asked if I could have egg and chips the chef said yes but would charge £13. I asked why so expensive and the reply was that it’s the preparation that takes the time. I explained that it would take 2 minutes to fry and egg. With that we left and went elsewhere. Avoid this unfriendly place.

  6. NC

    NigelC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Tasty Sunday lunch. Would recommend the beef board.

  7. GG

    GillG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Met friends here for an early evening meal whilst on a narrowboat holiday on the South Oxford Canal. The main course sharing platters were delicious and plentiful. We shared the fish, chips with mushy peas and one with mussels, giant prawns and garlic bread. Both were fantastic. We asked for extra bread to mop up some of the sauce in the mussels pot and were brought some quickly. Puddings were delicious though probably not needed really. Staff were friendly and attentive. Service was excellent and experience was great value for money. Strongly recommend a visit if you are in the area. Will certainly return when we are passing in the future.

  8. S

    Steveq007

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What an amazing place this was to find on our narrow boat trip through the Oxford canal. We was taken by surprise on the meal we had in the evening at this place. You will not be disappointed if you eat here. But please go on an empty stomach. Thanks guys and keep doing the good stuff you do.

  9. D

    Dolive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was both interesting, quirky and brilliantly executed for such a quaint olde worlde pub. Service was friendly and charming. Not many diners but it was a Tuesday night.

  10. RG

    RobG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely pub with friendly staff and good food. Booked straight away to go again.

  11. NB

    NickB

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last minute thing,this place recommended by our hotel. Friendly,helpful staff,food was stunning,and huge portions too. Lovely quiet place and highly recommended.

  12. G

    Gillygrove

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very tasty meal. It was lovely to gave something a bit different to the standard pub grub fare The pork in the feast dish I had was delicious Service was great and very friendly

  13. PS

    PeterS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great food. Friendly staff. Good atmosphere. Good food.

  14. J

    Jennyse

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easy to book. We were warmly greeted on arrival. The food was excellent and nicely presented. All the staff were clean, tidy and happy. Lovely to see waiting staff with clean finget nails. Highly recommend.

  15. RC

    RegC

    Nottingham

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Interesting array of sharer menu choices and quality ingredients

  16. PW

    PhilW

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Had an evening meal here twice last week. First time was very good, dining in the beer garden. Second time the chicken wings we had were undercooked and were returned. The manager did remove them from the bill so well handled. The sharing menu they offer was tricky as we were a group of 3. Maybe need to amend the menu to account for this.

  17. MM

    MikeM

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great for garden dining. Different type of menu with sharing boards but many not sharing as well. Very good food with big portions.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely evening. Excellent and interesting menu; very good quality ingredients; attentive and informed service. Very good beers. Wines OK. Wonderful puddings too. Room simple but clean. Excellent all round.

  19. L

    Luncher

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fabulous food! The sharing boards are absolutely worth it, much better than the usual Sunday roast. Great friendly service, good beer, beautiful location. Would definitely go again.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    A little gem on the doorstep

  21. L

    Lisaispink

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant food, brilliant service, brilliant garden - everything was just superb

  22. JA

    JohnA

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very enjoyable. Will go back. Toast with the board of meats etc was hard but that was really the only flaw. Excellent, attentive, very pleasant staff.

  23. m

    mlewis3

    London

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    First visit and had a lovely roast (half and half) but unfortunately the peach melba mess not only looked like sick on a plate, it also tasted like it... and we both had bad tummies afterwards. It’s a shame but would have a roast there again.

  24. L

    Localboatereater

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Upgrades to the local are well worth the effort that I know the staff have put in. Great teamwork, great food,beer garden cosy and atmospheric despite the cold temps. Glad to have our local pub at a standard that will keep us coming back for more. Thanks team!

  25. MG

    MichelleG

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a brilliant night, food was delicious, god vibes and friendly staff 😁

  26. M

    Marcellus

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Friendly staff and attentive service. The food was good, although a limited menu, but not unexpected given that they have just opened up after lockdown. The garden was lovely and just the place to enjoy my first pub beer in more than 12 months!

  27. MR

    MichaelR

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely garden setting and very attentive staff following all COVID protocols

  28. AF

    AnnF

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience3

    The service was good and friendly and on a very cold day the were happy to supply blankets. However the food was very poor and the chips had that awful greasy spoon taste and my grandson had fish which was very undercooked. The pub and gardens are very good for families but I am afraid if the food does not improve they will not survive.

  29. R

    Roxy

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent venue, friendly staff and the best ever chips.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow! So pleased this little gem has reopened. Food was brilliant, service excellent. Can’t recommend enough.

  31. l

    littlefloyd

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really friendly pub with lovely service and great food. The menu is interesting without being pretentious and great value. Plus you can have a lovely walk by the canal afterwards to work off the sticky toffee pudding

  32. CM

    ClaireM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, amazing service and a warm welcome. Good beer too. Highly recommend for an eclectic menu.

  33. HT

    HayleyT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely, cosy pub restaurant with really delicious food. Staff made us feel really welcome. They have done really well with the Covid restrictions/social distancing measures too. We're not local, but we'd definitely visit again. Highly recommend.

  34. K

    Kat75

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food delicious and excellent value. Pub clean and felt very safe re Covid. James, thank you for such a warm welcome and lovely chatting to you about the pub, local area and boats. Not our taste in music playing, but hey ho can't have everything 🤣 Looking forward to returning.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food,very friendly staff,good service and a great trio of real ales.

  36. CE

    ColchesterEssex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were very lucky indeed when we moored up on the canal and found this little gem, we walked in on the off chance of a table for 3 for an evening meal due to the current situation we were pleasantly surprised staff were very welcoming and accommodating lots of homemade dishes on menu, outstanding rich flavors, fantastic range of beers and wines would definitely recommend. Richard,Tracy & Ed Colchester Essex

  37. KW

    KimberlyW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A really lovely Sunday lunch, service was excellent and every course was beautifully presented and delicious!

  38. CF

    CathyF

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Being local and regulars, we are well known and the staff (especially James & Casper) are always ready to chat but are not intrusive. We chose roast pork for Sunday lunch and the food was outstanding - the meat lovely and tender, the crackling was crackly and the vegetables beautifully cooked with delicious gravy (definitely NOT Bisto!) The sticky toffee pudding which was followed was the best!! We will certainly be returning.

  39. RJ

    RobertJ

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    The service staff were absolutely fabulous, attentive and friendly. The food was good but very small portions and an expensive steak with absolutely nothing provided with it. The menu is very "pub menu" but at restaurant prices. Guys, as a local, I have to add that you have a golden opportunity to create a good business as there is little choice in the area. Don't price your selves out with poor value. Your staff and food are great but you are still just a pub environment and should charge accordingly.

  40. TP

    TikkiP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Dining rooms were quite echoey since removing the carpet, we had to move rooms due to this as there was a large group next to us and we couldn’t hear ourselves talk. It was also quite cool as there wasn’t heating in the area we sat. That said I’m sure these are just teething problems as the food & service was excellent & we will come back another time.

FAQs

The Bell Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 58 OpenTable diners

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

  • Area

    Bicester

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 12:00–15:00
    Bar
    Wed 16:00–22:30
    Dinner
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 18:00–20:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub, Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Parking directly outside the front of the pub, with overflow into the square behind.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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