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The Bell Inn

4.5
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13 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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Greetings

Here at the Bell we have been overwhelmed by the support of our local communities in Lower Heyford (Including Boaters), UpperH, Steeple, Bartons, Deddington, Kidlington & beyond. My Team and I will continue to work to hard to make this a success for us all!

We have inherited a 17c Public house and over lock-down have dedicated ourselves to rejuvenating an ailing beauty with a voluminous beer garden. We invite you to sample our pubbed gastronomy, some refined classics and a rare treat or two; but of course - with children’s portions available.

I run a bar specialising in real and rare ciders alongside local cask ale, gins, and a developing spirit collection. I try and keep a good variety of both cask, keg, can, and bottled ale, and am always looking for new suppliers!

We try and provide a welcome relief in times of trouble.

James, Max, Nathan & Team

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 13 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Graham
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overpriced and pretentious. A village pub trying to do fine dining - food acceptable but service, decor and staff appearance all out of place.

Dishes very expensive with small portions and sides required, not as optional extras but to add potatoes or vegetables to a meat dish to create a meal. Common in high class restaurants - out of place in the "local".

Adding a service charge of 12.5% and expecting customers to ask to take it off if they don't wish to reward average service is also sharp practice.

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BeerGeek
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New people since last visit. Great range of ales in perfect condition. Food was stunning for the price. Great staff, friendly and accommodating.

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GillyO
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since being taken over, everything has improved enormously. The food was superb - there is obviously a very talented chef at work in the kitchen. Everything arrived quickly and was beautifully presented and the 50-day aged Dexter Beef simply melted in the mouth. Perfectly cooked.

The service was attentive without being overbearing, even with social distancing and all in a lovely atmosphere. We had a brilliant evening and would definitely go back.

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Reesamania
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent, very good beer also, staff very helpful and attentive.

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CateC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly welcoming pub with delicious fine food. This was the perfect place to celebrate our son’s 21st birthday and the start of our narrow boat holiday. Thank you to all at the Bell Inn

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CarolH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food. Limited choices for vegetarian however they were accommodating. Social distancing in place however it didn't feel sterile.

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Pierre
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Under new management, so they are still finding their feet a bit.
Food was excellent - good quality ingredients nicely prepared and presented. Cost was very reasonable.

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Linda
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely village pub that has embraced the new COVID19 requirements, sanitiser at the door and disposable menus . The food was very good and beautifully presented, and the service was quick,friendly and unobtrusive. We ate outside in the garden which was very pleasant. Plenty of space between tables and with a breeze blowing thru the trees what was not too like. Give it a go, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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HayleyW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Scallops were outstanding. So too was the linguini. My husband is gluten free and he was well catered for. A lovely meal.

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AndrewG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was fabulous. The restairant has just been refurbished and new owner and chef have taken over.

The food was excellent the setting and decor was very good and the service was very attentive albeit a little sow due to the busyness of the evening.

I spoke to other diners after who agreed it was one of the best

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Hugh
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious meal, lovely garden. Recommended.

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Lily
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful old pub, our first visit and new owners of only three weeks. Good distancing in place both inside and out, we chose to sit outside as it was a warm day...very pleasant. Sunday lunch and the beef was delicious.
Friendly staff and good service...will definitely go again.

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Mike
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere and very friendly accommodating staff. I will be a regular visitor for food and drink.

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