Close to the A14 (Beyton junction) but off the beaten track, in the centre of this pretty village and opposite the Norman church, the heavily timbered Bells is a cosy pub. Two bars either side of the entrance lobby have log fires in large fireplaces. The massive Tudor brick post holding the sign above the entrance is said to be all that remains of the entry to a long demolished stately home. A record of landlords back to 1753 is framed in the bar.
The pub was saved from imminent closure by Greene King after a change of mind at the last minute in mid-January. We hope this change of mind is permanent. When visited in early October 2012, the pub seemed to be undergoing renovation work and was apparently closed. We understand that it reopened some time early in 2013 and now sells food (which it didn't previously do). There are rumours locally that the pub may be on the market.
Not only is the pub itself a Listed Building; the pub sign is also Grade II Listed.
The building was constructed in several phases in the 16th and 17th centuries.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)