The Bell Inn

4.3
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£25 and under
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British

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Casual
Sunday Lunch
Have you ever wanted to find a local pub that offers great atmosphere, wonderful food and drink along with a variety of entertainment? Look no further, the Bell Inn Bearsted, aims to provide you with the perfect answer to all of the above.

A family run business with years of experience within the hospitality sector. We know what it takes to keep you smiling whilst drinking and dining.

Nigel and Andrea will be the most familiar faces you will see at The Bell. Our intention is to make the Bell a family run traditional pub with good old-fashioned values built on integrity and an eye for quality. Thriving on good reputations and using the positive energy from our customers - our aim is to make your experience at The Bell so memorable - your custom will turn into our friendship.
What 97 People Are Saying
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c
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My son is 3 and was given colouring books and toys which was very kind of the waitress hence leaving a generous tip,
Food nice but portion size small, but will be back to try other dishes
Nice to still have a local pub with a local feel

The Bell Inn
Responded a day ago

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RR
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely food, staff very friendly, 1st time there and shall be going again

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Responded a day ago

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MS
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The positives are the friendly staff as and the quality of the food which was hot and tasty.
The negatives were a family nearby who had a somwhat hyper child who was extremely noisy and was running around a lot which spoilt our enjoyment of the meal. Also there was no Harvey's beer on tap even though it was displayed as a guest beer.
I know the staff had no control of this child (neither did the adults) so I cannot put any blame on them. I would definitely eat there again and hope it will be a little quieter next time!

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great waitress who took time to talk to us and to understand what we wanted and how we wanted to be treated.

MW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited an hour for a sandwich and a jacket potato during a very quiet lunch, gave up and cancelled it in the end. Barmaid gave us a refund but we didn’t even get an apology.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 24 September 2019

Firstly, may I apologise on behalf of the team that we fell short of our normal standards of service. We have experienced some behind the scenes issues that should never affect the front of house. Be reassured that these issues have been dealt with and wont happen again. You can see from other reviews it's not the norm.

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HC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good wine was warm, we pointed out and the reaction was good

The Bell Inn
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi, Totally agree on this HeatherC, sadly we were understaffed and then had 2 very large groups of drinkers in the bar that distracted the restaurant team. Sadly the sauvignon you ordered sold out and then through inexperience that waitress gave you a bottle from the case. I hope this will not detract from you coming back, it was one of those days, training has been given and it should not happen again. Kindest Regards

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DL
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service was slow, my friend asked how long until we got our food as we had waited 45 mins already, waitress told us too many people had ordered the same main so we had to wait. They didn't have any rose wine and at 9 (our table was booked for 8) they had a live band so we could not hear each other talk.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 9 September 2019

DebL, so sorry that you were unaware that we provide live music every Friday @ 9pm, normally customers are advised on booking unless you booked online. Due to everything cooked fresh here and the popularity of our restaurant, at times we do get a bit of a wait. i'm sorry that this did not suit your dining experience and we have asked the team to ensure they check bookings are not all at the same time. The rose wine that we normally stock is out of supply @ Greeneking sadly.

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ME
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant staff and atmosphere. Food was good and service quick. Little surprised that 3 mains were off, ham, egg and chips, liver and steak and kidney pudding, from the lunchtime menu. We were dining at 1330.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 9 September 2019

Thank you for your lovely review

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TB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meet friend they, had a lovely meal,service was good nothing to much troubl. Would recommend going they.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 9 September 2019

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MW
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We`ve eaten there a lot but it just gets better & better !

The Bell Inn
Responded on 9 September 2019

Thank you for your kind review

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SB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As always great food great atmosphere great service x

The Bell Inn
Responded on 9 September 2019

Thank you stevenB

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KR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a good evening in the Bell, great food and service.

c
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

absolutely brilliant for mid week booking,football was on but not affecting our meal with friends and our own space and enjoyment.

LS
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely, very friendly atmosphere, also very dog friendly.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always loved The Bell, but first time for a sit down meal. Really enjoy it. We were booked in for 8, but the guys were happy for us to stay at the bar for a couple of drinks before hand, so we felt very looked after by everyone

CT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. One of the best roasts we've had in a pub! Lovely atmosphere and great live singer.

HF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal /service and live music .
great friendly staff and fellow customers.

GG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, we have been to the bell over 5 times now for a roast and it is lovely and very good value for money. Staff are also lovely 😊

The Bell Inn
Responded on 9 April 2019

Thank you kindly for taking time to review our Pub, we share this feedback with the team and makes it all worth while.....

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MW
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another superb meal from a great pub.
It`s no good listening to other people, you just need to go there yourself and enjoy !

The Bell Inn
Responded on 17 April 2019

Thank you kindly for taking time to review our Pub, we share this feedback with the team and makes it all worth while.....

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Y
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely busy pub with good food and great music.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 9 April 2019

Thank you kindly for taking time to review our Pub, we share this feedback with the team and makes it all worth while.....

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K
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pub
Lovely atmosphere
Good food
Friendly staff
I would definitely return

RB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We waited a long time for our meals to be delivered. I and one of my friends had s meal with gravy which was very salty. After the main course we waited an age for our dessert orders to be taken. Puddings were very good.

MB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venue had changed from when we last visited. It was very pleasant and has been upgraded to a very nice venue. The service & food was excellent, & very enjoyable. We will definitely visit again.

JW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening great service and great food , not been there before but will go back

DA
Kent
26 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bearsted is the hub of excellent pub grub and The Bell Inn is a welcome inclusion in that clutch. It’s an old fashioned locals village pub at its heart. Care has been put into bringing its decor into the swank of the 21st century with glittery bulbs and modern art works.
Seating is comfy in the restaurant area. The Specials menu has few but excellent selections of British dishes. There is also a specials menu for the day of the week. The Bell Inn highlights their use of locally sourced beef, lamb and ham. The freshness of the ham hock and the beef stew were testament to that. The presentation of the food showed the chef cared about the dishes preparation.
Service was caring too, and humble.
The best part of the whole experience, value. This sets The Bell Inn apart from its Bearsted siblings. I will stick my neck out and say that The Bell Inn is the best value for money pub grub in Kent.

Y
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great decor. We enjoyed the evening.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 9 April 2019

Thank you kindly for taking time to review our Pub, we share this feedback with the team and makes it all worth while.....

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SB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good
Service was good
Great atmosphere
Nice pub

The Bell Inn
Responded on 15 March 2019

Thank you for your kind Review

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely roast dinner on Sunday. Plenty of everything and very enjoyable. Strange taste to the carrots which I believe are cooked in star anise? My husband liked them, I did not. My husband order a spotted dick for desert. It wasn't until we got home we realised it had been a treacle sponge! Eaten and enjoyed (I had a taste, very light and lovely custard) so not a problem. Busy and noisy due to rugby on the tv and then some live music. The music was part of the reason we went and very pleasant. Would recommend the Bell for Sunday lunch but maybe not a quiet one1

The Bell Inn
Responded on 28 February 2019

Thank you for your lovely review, yep you guests it the star anise is the culprit. It is a love or hate taste and I totally get it, more ladies don't like rather than Guys. Next time you come in ask for an alternative and they will always accommodate. Will ask about the dessert as looks like a human error but so glad you liked it all the same. Due to England playing the 6 Nations was always going to be a little noisy.

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JM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value for money and great atmosphere! Acoustic music from 4pm Sunday which was really good.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 28 February 2019

Thank you so kindly for your review

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MH
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday roast at the Bell Inn. The meat was tender, the gravy was thick and plentiful, the roast potatoes were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, and the Yorkshire was huge. The atmosphere was welcoming and the staff were helpful and attentive. We all enjoyed the meals and will definitely be returning for another roast dinner soon!

The Bell Inn
Responded on 28 February 2019

Thank you kindly for your lovely review, much appreciated

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KD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met some friends for a Sunday lunch. Good choice. Very comfortable, friendly and nice Sunday Roast.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 21 February 2019

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T
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent new menu. Fabulous as always. Would highly recommend it

The Bell Inn
Responded on 21 February 2019

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OT
12 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of room to hang out and chat with friends. Did not rush us at all. Good easy parking and great kept beer

KS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good venue for our girly catch up and good value for money.

SZ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely Sunday lunch here , was one of the best I’ve had out , staff we lovely and friendly to , so good I’m taking a friend there for tea

TE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of food. friendly staff. Reasonable prices. will be visiting again.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are so friendly and the food was gorgeous. Can't wait to return

ML
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A lovely Sunday roast, with very friendly and helpful service. Happy to let us move tables when a better one became free before our food arrived!

NT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Sunday lunch. Food was plentiful with loads of meat. Everything was really hot which was brilliant. Sharing Cheeseboard was excellent value. Service was excellent. All in all very impressed.

FS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was well presented and very tasty. There were four of us all choosing something different. It was well cooked and the service was friendly. I imagine this is a place that excels in the summer as they have an outdoor (partially covered) where they apparently serve pizzas direct from the oven. Will have to return and give it a try.