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The Bell

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The Street | Purleigh, Maldon CM3 6QJ, England
01621 828 348
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A real favourite - an authentic English pub.

We had a great family Sunday lunch. The atmosphere was great and the traditional roast lunch delicious. This was not our first visit and it won't be the last.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
jackiewingrove
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Ingatestone
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Ingatestone
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We had a great family Sunday lunch. The atmosphere was great and the traditional roast lunch delicious. This was not our first visit and it won't be the last.

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Southminster, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I was very excited at the thought of a birthday lunch at the Bell as I'd heard, and read some excellent reviews. I can't fault the staff who were truly lovely. But overcooked food is not acceptable. I did mention it to the waitress who said she would let the kitchen know. No offer to replace with perfectly cooked food.... More 

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England
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We stopped by chance last week and had a fantastic evening meal in front of a lovely open fire. We enjoyed it so much we returned a few days later to sample the menu further. So far we have had the fish and chips and soup of the day, and on the second visit it was Steak & Stilton Pie... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Purleigh Bell is set at the top of a hill, next to the Church, in a typical Essex village with charming country views. The atmosphere and ambience is that of a traditional, warm and friendly country pub just as it should be. The owners are a happy couple who make everyone welcome and serve well kept local beers at... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The Purleigh Bell is a delight. If you consider the below your cup of tea, then do yourself a favour and book a meal. 1. Without fail, a warm greeting every single time you visit. 2. Cold beer, local ales and a varied wine list (the house red is very nice). 3. Tasty, varied and inventive menu that changes daily.... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Had booked ( weeks before) for Saturday 12th December to take my aunt there for a special meal having been taken there before by my aunt and uncle and we enjoyed the evening then. We thought we would return and take my aunt when we visited from Leicester as my uncle had died last year. When we got there the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Lovely friendly efficient staff/owners very helpful and nothing is to much trouble. The food could be a lot better. Over cooked calfs liver and a poor dessert selection was disappointing however I will still go back again for a second try

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Maldon, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I visited the Bell with some neighbours for a Christmas get-together, and cannot fault the evening. Excellent Christmas menu, good beers and wine, attentive service. A winning combination. Some of my neighbours hadn't visited the Bell before and they said they would definitely repeat the experience. Don't be swayed by the negative reviews here - this is one of the... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I have visited twice in the last week with family and friends.The food and service was very good. For me the place was just too cold to fully enjoy a meal.On Sunday I sat near the door to the kitchen which was very busy. On my next visit ,having noticed on the way out that the main entrance area seemed... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My wife phoned to book a week before we visited and requested a table near the fire which was agreed by the man on the phone. When we turned up, on time, the pub was empty, every table had a "reserved" tag on it, and the woman behind the bar seemed very put out that we wanted to actually sit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Street | Purleigh, Maldon CM3 6QJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Maldon
  • Phone Number: 01621 828 348

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English

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