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Reviewed 31 October 2016

My wife and I stayed at the Bell Inn on Horndon On The Hill for two nights arriving on Friday 28th of October and departed on Sunday 30th of October and after reviewing online decided to book the "Stables".
Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by the reception staff and than escorted to a small courtyard nearby where our accomodation was located. Inside it was the perfect blend of contemporary and character with large well proportioned bathroom downstairs and a cosy "snug" area and upstairs on the mezzanine level via a spiral staircase was the bedroom with exposed beams and floors with plenty of storage.
The Inn has a charming "old world" feel and their was good mix of both guests and locals all of which were welcoming and friendly. On the second night on the 29th of October we had pre-booked our table (6xweeks in advance) in the restaurant area were we experienced a three course meal that rates within the top three restaurant and "gastropub" we've ever had and even the noise from a large table next to us could not spoil the evening and in fact the management took immediate action and relocated us without fuss allowing us to continue our evening.
In the morning breakfast is a continental affair however you do have the option to have full English if you so desire and this is all served at Ostlers a adjacent building next to the Inn, again the quality of both the food and service is reflective of our entire stay over the weekend.
Without hestiation we would return to this hidden gem of a venue especially as it offers fantastic value for money (£90 a night) and one that many other more expensive venues could learn from in terms of our overall weekend experience.

Chris & Adele

Room tip: The stables is ideal for couples but you must be able bodied due to spiral staircase.
Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ayre-Pearce
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Really worth starting here. Friendly staff and a beautifully set up hotel. Our room was lush with a fab bathroom. I liked how the pub, restaurant and hotel are at the heart of the village and really work together but create defined spaces. Taxis to Orsett Hall where extortionate mind £15 to go 1.5 miles!

Date of stay: October 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Sim29
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

We called here for lunch while out for a day in rural Essex. The greeting on arrival was friendly and the barman helpful in sorting out drinks and a table for lunch. It wasn't busy but a bit of an issue was made about us not having booked, I did wonder why, had it been busy I could have understood but it was less than half full.

Service was slow and chaotic although there seemed to be a high number of staff present. The food was average pub food and certainly nothing special although the dressing up of terms on the menu would have had you believe something different. When lunch finally arrived the order was wrong, by then I wasn't willing to address that and wait for the correct dishes to be brought so we ate, paid and left. I wouldn't rush back.

Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank longhaulfromlondon
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

A friend had enjoyed a meal here a few weeks ago so three of us decided to have a meal early on a Saturday evening.
Unfortunately we were rushed through our meal as it was obvious that the waitress was keen to seat another group at our table. We arrived at 7pm and by 8.30 we felt we had to vacate.
Our main courses were fine but over priced BUT it was the cheese and biscuits which horrified us. £9.50 for five plain crackers, four tiny pieces of cheese and a bit of chutney! Disgraceful! Where were the grapes or celery?

Date of stay: October 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
1  Thank Julie A
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We were visiting family and friends in the area. Stayed at the hotel. In reception the owner chatted to us and he made us feel very welcome.
Rooms were of high quality, bathroom was luxurious . The pub was homely and welcoming. Continental breakfast was high quality and even my husband , who normally hates yoghurt raved over the home made in offer . Well worth the visit.

Date of stay: September 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank smashtennis2009
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