The Bell Inn

4.5
35 Reviews
£26 to £40
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Greetings

Here at the Bell we have been overwhelmed by the support of our local communities in Lower Heyford (Including Boaters), UpperH, Steeple, Bartons, Deddington, Kidlington & beyond. My Team and I will continue to work to hard to make this a success for us all!

We have inherited a 17c Public house and over lock-down have dedicated ourselves to rejuvenating an ailing beauty with a voluminous beer garden. We invite you to sample our pubbed gastronomy, some refined classics and a rare treat or two; but of course - with children’s portions available.

I run a bar specialising in real and rare ciders alongside local cask ale, gins, and a developing spirit collection. I try and keep a good variety of both cask, keg, can, and bottled ale, and am always looking for new suppliers!

We try and provide a welcome relief in times of trouble.

James, Richard & Team

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 35 people are saying
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Localboatereater
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Upgrades to the local are well worth the effort that I know the staff have put in. Great teamwork, great food,beer garden cosy and atmospheric despite the cold temps. Glad to have our local pub at a standard that will keep us coming back for more. Thanks team!

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MichelleG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a brilliant night, food was delicious, god vibes and friendly staff 😁

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Marcellus
Bath
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff and attentive service. The food was good, although a limited menu, but not unexpected given that they have just opened up after lockdown. The garden was lovely and just the place to enjoy my first pub beer in more than 12 months!

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MichaelR
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely garden setting and very attentive staff following all COVID protocols

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AnnF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The service was good and friendly and on a very cold day the were happy to supply blankets.
However the food was very poor and the chips had that awful greasy spoon taste and my grandson had fish which was very undercooked. The pub and gardens are very good for families but I am afraid if the food does not improve they will not survive.

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Roxy
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue, friendly staff and the best ever chips.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! So pleased this little gem has reopened. Food was brilliant, service excellent. Can’t recommend enough.

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littlefloyd
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly pub with lovely service and great food. The menu is interesting without being pretentious and great value. Plus you can have a lovely walk by the canal afterwards to work off the sticky toffee pudding

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ClaireM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, amazing service and a warm welcome. Good beer too. Highly recommend for an eclectic menu.

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HayleyT
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely, cosy pub restaurant with really delicious food. Staff made us feel really welcome. They have done really well with the Covid restrictions/social distancing measures too.

We're not local, but we'd definitely visit again. Highly recommend.

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vipKat75
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food delicious and excellent value.
Pub clean and felt very safe re Covid.
James, thank you for such a warm welcome and lovely chatting to you about the pub, local area and boats.
Not our taste in music playing, but hey ho can't have everything 🤣
Looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food,very friendly staff,good service and a great trio of real ales.

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ColchesterEssex
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very lucky indeed when we moored up on the canal and found this little gem, we walked in on the off chance of a table for 3 for an evening meal due to the current situation we were pleasantly surprised staff were very welcoming and accommodating lots of homemade dishes on menu, outstanding rich flavors, fantastic range of beers and wines would definitely recommend. Richard,Tracy & Ed Colchester Essex

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KimberlyW
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely Sunday lunch, service was excellent and every course was beautifully presented and delicious!

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CathyF
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Being local and regulars, we are well known and the staff (especially James & Casper) are always ready to chat but are not intrusive.
We chose roast pork for Sunday lunch and the food was outstanding - the meat lovely and tender, the crackling was crackly and the vegetables beautifully cooked with delicious gravy (definitely NOT Bisto!) The sticky toffee pudding which was followed was the best!!
We will certainly be returning.

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RobertJ
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The service staff were absolutely fabulous, attentive and friendly. The food was good but very small portions and an expensive steak with absolutely nothing provided with it. The menu is very "pub menu" but at restaurant prices. Guys, as a local, I have to add that you have a golden opportunity to create a good business as there is little choice in the area. Don't price your selves out with poor value. Your staff and food are great but you are still just a pub environment and should charge accordingly.

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TikkiP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dining rooms were quite echoey since removing the carpet, we had to move rooms due to this as there was a large group next to us and we couldn’t hear ourselves talk. It was also quite cool as there wasn’t heating in the area we sat.
That said I’m sure these are just teething problems as the food & service was excellent & we will come back another time.

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DavidB
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Due to covid, restaurant area was quiet, but was very covid safe. Excellent food and good service. Friendly atmosphere, highly recommemded

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CharlieH
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, good food, well priced... will be back soon

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RobinD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to have a pub like this in the village. We've just moved into Lower Heyford and will be regular visitors to the Bell Inn!
Very friendly staff, excellent food and a regularly updated selection of local ales.

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PaulT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Sunday Lunch was good. I had the French Trimmed Chicken. It lost a star becaue the ternder stem brocolli was raw. (I don't mind my veg crisp but this was too much). The sauce was over salted. You can always add to taste but once in it cannot be taken out. Price wise it was at the top end of reasonable.

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JohnS
London
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Well done to all at the Bell - good Covid-19 arrangements and made us feel very welcome.

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Graham
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overpriced and pretentious. A village pub trying to do fine dining - food acceptable but service, decor and staff appearance all out of place.

Dishes very expensive with small portions and sides required, not as optional extras but to add potatoes or vegetables to a meat dish to create a meal. Common in high class restaurants - out of place in the "local".

Adding a service charge of 12.5% and expecting customers to ask to take it off if they don't wish to reward average service is also sharp practice.

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BeerGeek
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New people since last visit. Great range of ales in perfect condition. Food was stunning for the price. Great staff, friendly and accommodating.

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GillyO
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since being taken over, everything has improved enormously. The food was superb - there is obviously a very talented chef at work in the kitchen. Everything arrived quickly and was beautifully presented and the 50-day aged Dexter Beef simply melted in the mouth. Perfectly cooked.

The service was attentive without being overbearing, even with social distancing and all in a lovely atmosphere. We had a brilliant evening and would definitely go back.

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Reesamania
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent, very good beer also, staff very helpful and attentive.

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CateC
London
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly welcoming pub with delicious fine food. This was the perfect place to celebrate our son’s 21st birthday and the start of our narrow boat holiday. Thank you to all at the Bell Inn

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CarolH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food. Limited choices for vegetarian however they were accommodating. Social distancing in place however it didn't feel sterile.

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Pierre
Kent
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Under new management, so they are still finding their feet a bit.
Food was excellent - good quality ingredients nicely prepared and presented. Cost was very reasonable.

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Linda
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely village pub that has embraced the new COVID19 requirements, sanitiser at the door and disposable menus . The food was very good and beautifully presented, and the service was quick,friendly and unobtrusive. We ate outside in the garden which was very pleasant. Plenty of space between tables and with a breeze blowing thru the trees what was not too like. Give it a go, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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HayleyW
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Scallops were outstanding. So too was the linguini. My husband is gluten free and he was well catered for. A lovely meal.

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AndrewG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was fabulous. The restairant has just been refurbished and new owner and chef have taken over.

The food was excellent the setting and decor was very good and the service was very attentive albeit a little sow due to the busyness of the evening.

I spoke to other diners after who agreed it was one of the best

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Hugh
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious meal, lovely garden. Recommended.

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Lily
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful old pub, our first visit and new owners of only three weeks. Good distancing in place both inside and out, we chose to sit outside as it was a warm day...very pleasant. Sunday lunch and the beef was delicious.
Friendly staff and good service...will definitely go again.

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Mike
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere and very friendly accommodating staff. I will be a regular visitor for food and drink.

FAQs

The Bell Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

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