The Essex pub named one of the best in the Great British Pub Awards

With the Great British Pub Awards releasing their finalists, one of Essex’s own has made it onto the list. The Bell Inn, in Halstead, has been named one of Britain’s best.

Established in the 1500s, The Bell has been run by the same family since 1967. Quirky yet traditional, this historic inn is located at the heart of the beautiful village of Castle Hedingham.

It is no surprise why it has been shortlisted - it hosts live music every other Friday, a quiz on Sunday evenings from 6pm, a hop garden with a ping pong table and mud pie kitchen and a games room featuring a shuffleboard and vintage pinball machine. It has been summarised overall as a “nice typical local country pub”.

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The Bell Inn was shortlisted in the category of the best sustainable pub - which it definitely deserves, with its compostable crisp packets, recyclable peanut pots, carbon neutral vodka and fruit juices and reusable quiz sheets standing out as features that many other pubs should include in their mission to becoming more eco-friendly.

The kitchen continues this trend, with a range of free-range meats, using recycled cooking oil and increased vegan and vegetarian offerings.

The Bell Inn offers a warm welcome to dogs both inside and outside, with bowls and blankets are available by request. The inn even keeps a jar of doggy treats on the counter for all good boys and girls. It is local to a wealth of natural footpaths to explore with or without your pooch after a drink in the sun.

With its annual pub festival coming up on the third weekend of July and its national recognition, the pub is definitely worth a visit this summer.

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