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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
01621 828 348
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Worthing, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited 'The Bell' at Purleigh twice whilst we were in the area on a short holiday and are very glad we did. Firstly, the staff were very friendly and welcoming and very accommodating to our 1-year-old son. Secondly, the food we ate on both occasions was absolutely first class. The pub itself is charming and had the added bonus... More 

Thank Jonfurn
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went because my wife wanted to see a collection of Lino prints in the room above the bar.We intended to have a beer and a sandwich while we were there but we were invited to join friends at their table who were already having lunch; so we had the opportunity to taste their two main courses. John's main course... More 

Thank MichaelRobertK
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

I can't give this place enough stars. Eat here all the time. The address is misleading as its not in Maldon but in Purleigh and it's called "The Purleigh Bell". I can't understand how some reviewers have claimed its terrible. I've been eating regularly here for the past 7 years and have never had a meal that hasn't been excellent.... More 

Thank Lambrettagirl
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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346 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Called in with friends after finding a nearby pub closed. Not been to the Bell for very many years. We had a warm welcome from the staff and after making our choices of food and drink we sat outside. The food arrived quite quickly, but sadly one of the meals, gammon, egg and chips was rather undercooked. After pointing out... More 

Thank peebee43
Dagenham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

We were invited to The Bell for a family 18th birthday and it was our first time there. First impressions were that it is a beautiful historic pub. Then we hit a snag. We were the first guests to arrive and I am in a wheelchair and the main door to the pub is awkward to access with a chair,... More 

Thank BorryBoo
Maldon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Lovely old pub with a warm welcome, lovely landlord/lady. Good menu choices adequately cooked and well presented.

Thank Sheena127
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

What a gem of a country pub , we had a Sunday lunch and it could not be faulted, the starters were excellent and the Roast Beef was to die for (rare and succulent) and the vegetables cooked to perfection. the wine was not over priced and service first class , all in all a very pleasant way to spend... More 

Thank Nick L
Tiptree, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

For the second time I had a great meal from the dish of the day menu while my husband on the last occasion had overcooked whitebait (which the chef said was how people liked them with no trace of fish) and on the second time last week was served pork belly from the microwave which was cold on the outside... More 

Thank twilightLondon
Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

1st time visiting The Bell and had a lovely reception from Julian and Kirsten. The meal was very well presented and very tasty. Absolute gem of a find and will be visiting again without hesitation ! Thank you to all the staff. Lindsey & Greg .

Thank Jonesy1971
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Apart from a very good business meeting the meal and reception from all the staff was fabulous! It was the 1st time visiting The Bell and Julian, Kirsten and the staff were lovely and so was the food! We won't hesitate to come back - Thank you so much. Lindsey & Greg . X

Thank Lindsey J

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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
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Bell The Street | Purleigh, Maldon CM9 6RF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Maldon
  • Phone Number: 01621 828 348

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