The Eight Bells
So, we’ve deliberately kept the original features of this beautiful building intact, like the old half timbered walls and ceiling rafters, and added some stunning new things like a huge feature wall made entirely out of mellowed logs, a warming log burner and mood lighting. Comfy Chesterfield sofas and armchairs, old wooden settles and bookshelves piled with leather-bound tomes give the pub a really homely feel.
We have a regularly changing seasonal menu with good home-cooked food fresh from the kitchen of our talented head chef David Webb. Book a table for dinner, eat at the bar or pull the curtains to the Drawing Room, our intimate private dining room that’s perfect for smaller gatherings, dinner parties and informal business meetings.
We had a brilliant Sunday lunch in The Eight Bells. It's in a lovely old barn, the food was excellent (we had roast beef, which was perfectly cooked medium and tender), and the service was friendly and professional. We were actually surprised how good it was and we're recommending it to all our friends.
Lovely restaurant, always made to fell very welcome, beautiful food.
Delicious food and good service in a great atmosphere. Defo recommend.
Amazing place friendly good food good service good atmosphere Charlie was excellent would definitely recommend
A good menu. Food did not disappoint. Good service. We will certainly be going back.
Very nice lunch - only issue was roast potatoes were under done in my opinion.
Great food and value for money with attentive, friendly staff. A relaxing Sunday!
The company was excellent A***
Would 100% go again!
Delicious freshly cooked food, helpful and friendly staff in a great, warm and inviting atmosphere.
We had a family Sunday lunch to celebrate my daughter's 28th birthday. It was not our first visit to The Eight Bells - we came because we knew we'd enjoy it and we did.
The menu has something to suit us all. Service is speedy and polite. Food excellent. We like the atmosphere and appreciate that we can hear each other talk!
We had a lovely evening and the food was fantastic. Recommend the Steak or the Duck!
Good evening with friends
Excellent Food, good service lovely ambience, well recommended!
We ate in the restaurant at the back of the pub. Lovely and warm, great ambience. Very tasty food. Will definitely be going back.
Varied menu catering for all tastes, good size portions, welcoming staff knowledgeable on wine front, and decent priced wines. We enjoyed a lovely evening
Top quality Sunday lunch. Roast lamb with all the trimmings was excellent. Friendly, welcoming staff. Highly recommended.
Great food, great service. Lovely atmosphere. Will be returning.
Lovely evening spent with friends at the 8 Bells. Service was brilliant and staff very friendly, nothing too much trouble. Food was delicious and the setting is really comfortable. Would highly recommend to any one staying in that area.
We loved 8Bells. The venue was gorgeous and the food amazing. I would definitely recommend it
Had a LOVELY roast dinner, one of the best I've had! 2 courses for £19.50 on a Sunday was great value. The music was a little loud but we were with quiet company so may have been us. Staff were friendly and service was good. The restaurant was fully booked so we had a table in the bar which was still a nice setting. We will be back soon and have already raved about our lunch to friends. Thanks!
Booked online - arrived to find they had no knowledge of booking, was very good at finding us a table. Nice setting, could hear ourselves talking. Food was mediocre .
Lovely meal in a lovely pub. Very friendly and helpful staff.
This was my second visit to this venue and again, it didn’t disappoint. Excellent food, service and surroundings. Worth the drive 😃
Great service and lovely, tasty food. This was my first visit but won't be my last.
Yet another fantastic meal never been disappointed. Great service. Friendly atmosphere.
Food is always fresh and tasty. I’ve tried a few dishes and the fish is always cooked to perfection.
Lovely setting with oak beams
Lovely meal, beautiful food. Fantastic and personal service.
Starters are overpriced for what you get but the rest is worth the money.
Very good welcome and very tasty food delivered quickly as I had spoken to Laura to explain that we needed to leave for a performance promptly at 7pm.
I should mention that the speakers which we were next to were quite loud as we just wanted to chat. However, I didn’t mention this at the time so you didn’t have chance to fix it.
We had a great supper all in all!
Having picked the Eight Bells as a halfway house for the four guests were absolutely delighted with the whole experience and all four of us thoroughly enjoyed our excellent lunches. The service was friendly without being intrusive and the setting within the 16th Century restaurant are was a delight. Wine choice was equally appropriate and made by our waiter who may well have been the boss! We will make sure that we return to the Eight Bells in future.
Enjoyed sitting in the garden under large brolly shade with a couple of friends for lunch and a good few hours of chatting! We met early so started with pots of tea, followed by ceasar salad lunch & cool long drinks. There isn't table service in the garden as such but this suited us perfectly & we could have had a table inside if we had wanted. Perfect all round for long afternoon outside in open air. Food yummy.
Well worth the drive from Loughton in Essex , braving all the traffic and large roundabouts - would thoroughly recommend a visit to this iconic building in a delightful village - saffron walden - keep doing what you are all doing - it works - thanks A Hyland and company
Don’t order the lamb but desserts are great and the building is wonderful
My Daughter and I really enjoyed our Evening get together and will re-book again in about 6 weeks. Thanks Sue
Great evening out with friends, helped by 1/2 price prosecco on Fridays!
Great variety of foods, and large portion sizes
Waiting staff lovely and friendly
Highly recommeded. We were served the best Sunday Roast I have experienced when eating out . Fresh perfectly cooked veggies and wonderfully tender meat. The restaurant setting is exceptional and the staff were very good.
Food was fantastic, never had a bad meal in all the times attended. Service very friendly and lovely atmosphere.
Interesting room, quirky, beamed hall. Service vey cheerful and attentive. Food (we only wanted a main course) was very good apart from a surfeit of peas with the fish!
Very friendly helpful staff. Steak cooked to perfection! Very enjoyable evening
Best food and restaurant in Saffron Walden and immediate area
Lovely birthday meal, vegetarian dishes were delicious although a little over priced but we received a warm welcome & the waitress was a gem.