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The Bell Inn

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$$ - $$$
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Newmarket Road, Kennett CB8 7PP, England
+44 1638 750333
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Estbourne UK
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117 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked here to meet friends from New Zealand staying nearby.... we drove from Sussex.... All a bit disappointing... menu looked good online, pretty looking building etc, seemed like a good spot but a complete lack of enthusiasm to accommodate even the smallest changes to the menu were turned down (Ham Egg and chips on the menu... asked for just egg... More 

Thank Pevensey
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first stay at the Bell and I'm pleased I did. The room I'm stopping in is modern, clean with a large flatscreen tv and great shower. We had a steak for dinner which was lovely. The bar/restaurant is chilled and the bar staff were friendly. I will definitely stop again

Thank Richt36
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was good but the service a bit over the top and looking at the menu a bit pricey and over the top for lunch. Could do with a bar menu. I know on race days it would be busy. It was very nice and warm inside.

Thank Gary C
Newmarket, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went again to our local. To start with we has Haggis and Yorkshire pudding to share..We enjoyed this but felt less would have been better with the addition of Neeps...We did not want as much for a starter. delicious though it was. Next we had our main , as ever with a fine selection of veg. They no longer... More 

Thank Alison M
Eye, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Service slow. Food ok but not great. Boss/manageress rude to her staff. I had the curry which was obviously thickened with cornflour or something rather than tomatoes. My husband had the haddock which was cooked beautifully. The whole experience was spoiled by then boss who was rude to her staff twice in my hearing. I left about a third of... More 

5 Thank Anne H
Bedford, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Met up with a friend for Sunday lunch and this pub was midway for us. they could not have made us more welcome. Lovely log fire, great service. We had the starters of prawn cocktail and scallops, followed by the Big Bell Inn lunch - roast chicken, beef and ham - massive portions. This was followed by a meringue dessert.... More 

Thank Jackie T
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Went here for a meal on Xmas bank holiday Tuesday with family. the food was lovely and well enjoyed by all but found the waiting staff to be quite rude as she did not ask if anyone would like any sauces with our lunch and when asked ignored the person asking. Once her attention was caught it took a good... More 

Thank Sarah B
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

We arrived at The Bell Inn on Thursday 15th December , eleven of us, after an afternoon Go Karting, to a very welcoming and festive bar, for drinks. We had booked for a Christmas meal which was outstanding!, all the trimmings and all three courses delicious! Pefect! The Staff worked so hard to make this evening a great one! Thank... More 

Thank tes186338
Epsom, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We were visiting friends close by and they suggested The Bell to stay overnight. (Handy also for Newmarket racing.) The room was in a newly built block next to the hotel. The bed was comfortable, storage adequate and the en suite very good. Free WiFi available. However, even though the heating was turned off, the insulation was very efficient resulting... More 

Thank buggzee
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We meet with friends from London in The Bell Inn Kennett Newmarket on Sunday 9th October, the six of us have meet there before, as the meal was very good. On this particular day we were given the round table in the window, that's ok but, the sun came through the window and it got very hot, there were blinds... More 

2 Thank annebates5548
Management-TheBell, Owner at The Bell Inn, responded to this review

Good Afternoon Anne, Thank you for your review. I apologise if you self the lady who enquired about the blind was rude, it certainly was not meant to be the case. As you pointed out yourself it is a rather dark old building and hard to light, Sheena was concerned that maybe the bling had slipped down or another customer... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 27
British, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Digital Payments
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Newmarket Road, Kennett CB8 7PP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Kennett
  • Phone Number: +44 1638 750333
The Bell Inn at Kennett is a Family run, Early 16th Century Haunted Coaching Inn Offering Fresh Home cooked English Food. Situated Just 4 Miles from The World Famous Horse Racing Town of Newmarket, it is an excellent place to visit before or after a Days Racing, or for people visiting The Sales at Tattersalls. In July 2016 a major refurbishment and the addition of 10 guest rooms all with en-suites was completed. For many years The Bell has been regarded as a Pub & Restaurant which has the best location in East Anglia, being a perfect meeting place because of its prominent position on the B1506 Between Bury St Edmunds & Newmarket. Cambridge, Ely, Ipswich, Norwich, & Bury St Edmunds are all easily accessible From here.

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