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The Bell

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub
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The Bell The Street | Purleigh, Maldon CM9 6RF, England
+44 1621 828348
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2 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Took my 86 year old dad for a drink today. Went to the bar and stood for nearly 15 minutes waiting to be served as the bar had nobody behind it. Walked round the corner and the lady was making coffees for a table outside. I asked if she would be long and was met with a glare and said... More 

1 Thank Grahame F
Essex, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

The Sunday lunch was of a high quality - if you want the free entertainment park over the neighbours drive and Stan will be out to thrall you - during our vist two cars did this and it was very entertaining

Thank veryexptraveler
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57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

We stopped at the bell for lunch whilst walking with the kids. Two roast beefs, a roast lamb and sausages and chips! Everyone enjoyed lunch, the local bitter was exceptional. My wife, who cooks a mean roast, said it was the best roast she has ever had away from home. I think it was good, but obviously not as good... More 

Thank Glenn H
Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We keep coming back because at its best this is a really good place to eat. BUT twice now, even though had booked in advance, we have had to wait for over an hour even to start our meal. And on the last occasion, when the food finally did arrive, the meal was certainly not up to the standard we... More 

Thank John H
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

As we only live around the corner I visit here regularly with my family. Great specials menu, deserts are always a hit! Always great food and fantastic service. Highly recommend!

Thank Chelmsford1234
Colchester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Met here recently for midweek lunch with two other couples, one of whom had been before. The car park was full when we arrived but our table had been booked in advance. When dining out I usually avoid ordering steak but against my better judgement went for the rib-eye medium /well. Unfortunately this had to be sent back with another... More 

Thank robessex981
Witham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

Went there for a family Sunday lunch on 10th April. Very friendly staff, good selection of wines and ales and good choice of food including a liquorice cheesecake! I had a lamb roast which was very enjoyable as were the other dishes my family chose. The staff were very polite and attentive and the prices were fair. I would recommend... More 

Thank Nogoodboyo63
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191 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

Four of us met up for mid-week lunch at this lovely old pub. Our meals were all tasty, well proportioned and good value. The men drank beer and said it was proper real ale. The ladies drank wine by the glass - good wine at reasonable cost. We all enjoyed our lunch and drinks here and will not hesitate to... More 

Thank Gracie02
Essex, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Visited at 2pm on a Sunday having booked the day before. Really enjoyed our Sunday lunches of roast beef and roast pork. Excellently kept Adnams Southwold Bitter and very pleasant and polite service. We've been before and will be back, I think perhaps they could try and reduce the table numbers slightly as it does appear rather slightly over crowded... More 

Thank 4and20
Essex Coast
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Despite having booked a table for 6-8 people three months in advance, there was no table when my guests arrived for my birthday celebration and several tables were pushed together, as they were vacated, leaving 8 of us only able to communicate with our immediate neighbours. I had asked for a large round table to enable the two of us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Bell The Street | Purleigh, Maldon CM9 6RF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Maldon
  • Phone Number: +44 1621 828348

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?