The Bell Inn
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, Richard & Team
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
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.
Interesting array of sharer menu choices and quality ingredients
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.
Great for garden dining. Different type of menu with sharing boards but many not sharing as well. Very good food with big portions.
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.
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.
A little gem on the doorstep
Brilliant food, brilliant service, brilliant garden - everything was just superb
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.
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.
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!
Had a brilliant night, food was delicious, god vibes and friendly staff 😁
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!
Lovely garden setting and very attentive staff following all COVID protocols
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.
Excellent venue, friendly staff and the best ever chips.
Wow! So pleased this little gem has reopened. Food was brilliant, service excellent. Can’t recommend enough.
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
Great food, amazing service and a warm welcome. Good beer too. Highly recommend for an eclectic menu.
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.
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.
Fantastic food,very friendly staff,good service and a great trio of real ales.
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
A really lovely Sunday lunch, service was excellent and every course was beautifully presented and delicious!
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.
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.
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.
Due to covid, restaurant area was quiet, but was very covid safe. Excellent food and good service. Friendly atmosphere, highly recommemded
Good service, good food, well priced... will be back soon
So glad to have a pub like this in the village. We've just moved into Lower Heyford and will be regular visitors to the Bell Inn!
Very friendly staff, excellent food and a regularly updated selection of local ales.
Sunday Lunch was good. I had the French Trimmed Chicken. It lost a star becaue the ternder stem brocolli was raw. (I don't mind my veg crisp but this was too much). The sauce was over salted. You can always add to taste but once in it cannot be taken out. Price wise it was at the top end of reasonable.
Well done to all at the Bell - good Covid-19 arrangements and made us feel very welcome.
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.
New people since last visit. Great range of ales in perfect condition. Food was stunning for the price. Great staff, friendly and accommodating.
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.
Food was excellent, very good beer also, staff very helpful and attentive.
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
Lovely food. Limited choices for vegetarian however they were accommodating. Social distancing in place however it didn't feel sterile.
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.
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.
The Bell Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 45 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.