The Bell at Ramsbury

4.4
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21 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Our sophisticated yet informal Modern British restaurant serves the best of British seasonal cuisine, with much of the produce grown in our own kitchen garden and always organic where possible, keeping our carbon footprint to the minimum.
Running the kitchen is Duncan Jones, former head chef at Marco Pierre White’s flagship pub The Yew Tree Inn, who follows our belief in sourcing ingredients locally and using the highest quality, traceable meats and ingredients. Think succulent loin of Ramsbury Estate venison and pan fried fillet of gurnard and save some room for spiced caramel panna cotta or sticky toffee pudding.
Let our wine connoisseurs guide you on complimentary wine choices.
Your perfect destination for a romantic or family meal, a business lunch or a warming Sunday roast.
What 21 People Are Saying
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OT
Bath
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Charming service and fabulous food

RD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tastefully modernised pub/restaurant where the bar provides both ample seating and bar standing/sitting space. There is a good range of ales from their own brewery as well as lagers and other beers. The range of spirits and mixers is comprehensive without being excessive and the wine list is well balanced. The restaurant is a good balance between traditional with "proper" table cloths and napkins and decorated in modern light tones. Most importantly, the menu is imaginative without jeopardising the pleasure of the dishes on offer. Service in the bar and restaurant is excellent - attentive, friendly and informative.

DN
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday lunch. Superb selection of different roast meats (plus a vegetarian option) and an array of fresh vegetables, all beautifully prepared and presented. The service was excellent, all the staff were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble for them. We have just moved back to the area from the coast so this will now become a regular haunt for us. Thank you.

l
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

excellent food and service and no pressure to move on after a leisurely sunday lunch.The beef was first class but one person had the pulled pork which didn't really hit the spot for a roast.He would have much preferred classic roast pork stuffing apple sauce and crackling
The dining room is spacious and relaxing .All in all a very good venue

DH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very very limited menu on a Sunday I am afraid to say!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were somewhat disappointed on our first visit to the Bell. On the positive side the bar area is pleasant, the overall setting of the pub is very attractive, the staff welcoming and the local beer excellent. My lunch of parsnip soup and cod was very good. My husband’s smoked salmon was very disappointing and the beef burger was acceptable but not exceptional. The main problem was the slow service. Everybody seemed to be waiting a long time for their food to be served. We decided not to have a dessert or coffee because it would have taken so long!
We did comment on this to the waitress at the end.

RC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow even though we were early in the evening with only 3 tables occupied at the time - 6:45
Food was good but rather sparse and very expensive even though we are regular diners elsewhere
Would not return

RS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely,yummy food,in a great place.Superb staff,who always go the extra mile.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slow. We had to find a member of staff for help. Waiter forgot to serve bread - given after starter. Food excellent. Staff polite. Restaurant perfect setting.

GG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food, welcoming atmosphere & very good & friendly service. Will come again.

PS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely place.Very friendly staff.Good food and drinks.

DK
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good pre-dinner ambience in bar
Excellent local Bitter
Excellent attentiveness by Manager
Restaurant ambience - nice balance between pomp and relax
Food - imaginative and good quality
Wine - excellent merlot by the glass
Noise level - good ambient music; slightly noisy table of young guys who seemed unaware of other guests

IG
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Many years ago I was a frequent visitor to The Bell, which I loved, but have not been for over 10 years. This was a special treat for my wife, who has never been. Sadly I was very disappointed.
Briefly,
- the ambience was poor, very rowdy
- after after a few minutes choosing our meal we realized we had different menus, my wife choosing a dish from the wrong one
- the wine I requested was not available, though still on the list
- my wife's chicken breast was in a lump with a bone in it, and was very tough
- bread sauce should be available with chicken, but it wasn't
- the potatoes were over cooked and very hard.

In the circumstances I consider the pricing to be grossly inflated

It pains me to say all this, but it is just a measure of my great disappointment with a pub I had always held in such high esteem.

DS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been to Ramsbury and decided to go to The Bell after reading reviews. The food was first class even thou I was apprehensive with the cost of the menu but I was more than happy to pay those prices for the quality of the food. Service was on point and felt at ease the whole time I was there.

Thank you

ST
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food and would highly recommend to friends and family

BG
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fantastic.

Excellent choice of meat, fish and vegetarian food.

All really well cooked. Delicious!

Good kids menu too.

I wish that we lived closer. We were travelling back from a 3 week holiday. This was the best meal that we had and we had some really good ones.

We had breakfast the following morning too. This was equally as good.

DS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was rather slow. When we arrived there was one other couple. By the time we received our food, it was nearly full. I couldn't decide if was down to the kitchen or the waiting staff. The food was good but our waiter didn't suggest any side dishes so the meal lacked veg/salad.

AP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a very enjoyable experience. Good food, very pleasant surroundings and friendly and professional staff. A real gem!

WC
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent, beer and wine equally good and ambience delightful. Service, as usual, top notch.

MB
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bell always offers an excellent standard of food and service. I’ve eaten here several times before a will continue to in the future.

RF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food and beer from the Ramsbury brewery.