The Bell Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Bell Inn boasts a roaring log fire, a varied menu to suit all tastes, and a bar stocked with plenty of local real ale and cider. A very comprehensive wine list features approximately 16 varieties available by the glass including Champagne and Prosecco. As well as being named Warwickshire Dining Pub of the Year 2018 in The Good Pub Guide’s County Dining Awards, this snug inn is also recommended by Michelin, Sawday’s and AA, and is renowned locally, not just for its friendly welcome and fine refreshments, but as the place where Shakespeare famously met with Ben Jonson. Today you’ll find it manned by friendly, dedicated staff – Colin and Teresa have run the inn for over 20 years and many members of staff are long-serving hands.
The main menu provides plenty of choice alongside the specials. We began our lunchtime meal by tucking into scallops St Jacques and chicken goujons with a spicy dip. These were followed by a hearty steak and ale pie for me, and delicate parcels of salmon in filo pastry for my companion. Other delights include fresh beer-battered haddock with crushed minted peas and chips, and an impressive mixed grill comprising Lashford sausages, gammon, sirloin steak, black pudding, grilled tomato and red wine jus.
Deciding that we’d make a relaxing afternoon of it, dessert was definitely on the cards. We decided to sample a delicious lemon tart with clotted cream ice cream, but the signature sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream looked great and was a very tempting option. Colin sources ingredients as locally as possible, supporting local businesses and farms. Should you wish to know where your meal has come from, you’ll find a list of suppliers on the menu. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, a fantastic roast is served all day and comes with fresh seasonal vegetables and all the trimmings.
The Bell Inn celebrates many occasions such as Burns Night, complete with bagpipes and poetry readings. Indeed, with its log burner, wooden beams and 17th-century charm, it’s easy to imagine William Shakespeare pulling up a pew to enjoy some poetry recitals.