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The Bell

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The Street | Purleigh, Maldon CM3 6QJ, England
01621 828 348
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Rating summary
  • 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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57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We only popped in for a sandwich lunch today having eaten here before and been really impressed. It was surprisingly full and busy but we got a table straight away. Our food came very quickly - smoked salmon sandwiches in warm ciabatta with THE BEST home cooked chips.Good guest beer too. Service is very friendly and efficient. Will be back... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Arrived here for lunch at 2pm when lunch service ends, but very happy to serve us. Delicious food, liver and bacon with mash for my husband and ratatouille tart with goats cheese for me. Friendly helpful staff and an art exhibition upstairs. Had been recommended and didn't disappoint.

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Denbighshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful place in a quiet village. A warm and homely friendly welcome, Landlords and staff are lovely people. Food is first class. Highly recommend. A must to anyone passing through or holidaying in this lovely area. I return here each week I'm in Essex

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

excellent food, very varied menu with some unusual dishes as well. Didn't have a booking but they "squeezed" us in. No fuss, no bother. Service was prompt but not hurried or rushed. Staff were very nice and friendly. We all had different meals and they were all delicious, can honestly say it was the best I've eaten in a pub.... More 

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Maldon, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Lovely traditional looking pub that sits on top of a hill in the village of Purleigh near Maldon. Had tried to book before but was always fully booked but we eventually went for lunch on a Sunday and im really glad i persevered as we both really liked this place...The atmosphere is great , lots of people chatting at the... More 

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Billericay, Essex
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Maybe our 5th or sixth visit in the last year or so which I suppose says something on it's own. We have a sort of circuit of Essex pubs we visit and finding this one at the recommendation of our daughter was a pleasant addition to the list. The food has always come from a nicely varied menu with the... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

So very welcoming, fantastic food, great selection of wines and ales, amazingly scrummy desserts all homemade. Always something going on even as today the small detail on the table of daffodils and Easter eggs. The owners Kisten and Julian have created a wonderful place. I wish I was a resident of Purleigh then we could visit more often. Best pub... More 

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Ingatestone
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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, Pub

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