Welcome to the Inn

We are nestled in the lovely historic village of Horndon on the Hill, run by the same family for over 75 years.

We will open indoors from 17th May, as well a hoping the sun shines to keep the courtyard open on good weather days. We take reservations for tables inside & out for those wishing to dine from the daily menu. Yet if you just want drinks or bar snacks we have a few walk-in tables inside and  plenty of tables in the courtyard. Just pop along and our host will see what might be available . To book give the reservations team a call or email us. Open daily  9am – 8pm daily (except on Sundays we are only there until 5pm.)

Please find our menus, opening times and some of our house rules to see us through this time.

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The Bell Inn is a  15th Century Coaching Inn. The two busy bars have the warm, friendly atmosphere of a ‘proper’ pub.  There’s an open fire, numerous ales on hand pump and a carefully curated wine by the glass list. In the Bell restaurant, the menu changes daily, using seasonal and local produce where possible.

The Bell is featured in all the ‘serious’ guides and has won numerous industry awards including being recommended in The Sunday Times Food List and Good Pub Guide as one of the 10 best gastropubs in the UK, The Times Cool Hotel Guide and The Telegraph Best hotels in Essex.

Just up the road The Ostlers has transformed into a takeaway & bar.  There is a modern buzzy feel as you sit down to enjoy your breakfast. Hopefully in June we can also  open again as a cocktail bar and restaurant – watch this space

The Bell Inn Hotel has rooms upstairs in the Bell, and in the beautiful Georgian properties next door but one, are 26 individually styled bedrooms featuring modern and period twists.

We can also offer space for private events such as intimate weddings, celebrations  & social gatherings and space for training & meetings (all these events & gatherings will follow the current and relevant government guidelines.)


This is a proper inn, warmly welcoming, with thick beams, country rugs, panelled walls and open fires. Stop for a pint of cask ale in the lively bar, then potter into the restaurant for sensational food.

Alastair Sawday’s


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