The Bell Inn

4.3
91 reviews
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  • Lunch
  • 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 91 People Are Saying
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DL
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

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.

ME
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

TB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

MW
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

SB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always great food great atmosphere great service x

KR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

c
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

LS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

GG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

RB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

DA
Kent
23 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

The Bell Inn
Responded on 21 February 2019

Thank you for your kind review

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OT
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

SZ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

ML
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

DW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the second year running my friend and i have met here just prior to Christmas as The Bell is halfway between where we both live and has a large car park. Both times we booked but didn't choose the Christmas menu. Last year I was able to select a turkey dinner but this year it wasn't a choice. Not to worry, there were lots of choices on the very reasonably priced menu (2 courses for £9.50). The garlic mushroom starter was excellent, very tasty. The liver and bacon main also very good.

Service was friendly and attentive but weren't in a hurry and never felt rushed.

Overall a great lunch; I've no hesitation in booking again for next year and maybe before if passing.

KS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had an enjoyable evening, unfortunately the soup starter arrived stone cold, but it was replaced quickly, no reduction on the bill tho.

Our table for six was by the back door where smokers frequently went in and out so it got a bit draughty, fortunately it wasn't a cold evening.
Overall we had a good evening, we will return.

A
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Was disappointed with seating. We were placed right in front of the door to the garden. To compensate the waitress switched on a heater which was so hot we had to ask for it to be switched off. People were constantly using the door so we asked to be moved..... and was moved to the right and left in front of the door to the ladies toilet. Since this was meant to be a Christmas treat, we were sadly disappointed. Probably won't go there again.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 17 December 2018

Sadly our pub is too small for the popularity that we have, its a 16th century building and very limited as to where facilities are in the building. We are planning a separate outside smoking area to the front of the building that will eliminate this problem going forward. We have had a lot of parties so far this year on that table and your the first to bring it to our attention, we normally check through out the meal if warm enough etc.... Same that this might put you off in the future....

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D
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

The waiting service was excellent, very professional and friendly staff. The food quality was very poor, the soup order was mixed up and tasted like it was out of a can. The vegetables on the roast had a strange taste and the potatoes were not properly roasted. Gravy was average, meat was ok. Overall very disappointing.

The Bell Inn
Responded on 13 December 2018

Hi Daniel, very disappointed to here of your experience, as you can see from the other reviews we receive on a regular basis this is not the standard we normally provide. I have asked the team to get back to me with a possible reason this might have happened. I can assure you that we do not use canned products as you have mentioned, our soups are all made here in our kitchen, the taste on the carrots will be the star Anais that they cook them in, sometimes a love or hate thing tbh…. Kind Regards

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went along for a meal today and I had the Christmas menu. The quality of the meal was outstanding and the portions were massive!!!

MM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Used The Bell for a business meeting. Booking was efficient ( incl a change of date ) friendly greeting, quick bright service, great food at a very reasonable price. Very impressive, will use again !

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