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The Bell Inn

(14 Guest Reviews)

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Friendliness 4.9
  • Cleanliness 4.9
  • Facilities 4.7
  • Service 4.9
  • Location 4.9

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The Bell Inn Information


The Bell inn is an AA 4 Star Inn and the bedrooms all feature en-suite bathrooms and are finished to a very high standard. All the bedrooms are at the rear of the building and overlook the church and churchyard of the historic St Michael's Church. The restaurant has been awarded AA 2 Rosette for Culinary Excellence and offers a great range of food or just call in for a refreshing real ale or choose from our extensive wine and drinks menu. The Bell Inn sits in the heart of the village of Thorpe Le Soken which is set in the picturesque Essex countryside close to the Victorian seaside towns of Clacton on Sea, Frinton on Sea and Walton on the Naze. The building has been used as an Inn since the middle of the 16th Century and it has a fascinating history going back to the 1500s when the property is believed to have been the Guild Hall of St Michael's Church in Thorpe Le Soken until about 1545. The property features traditional beams throughout and has a picturesque terrace which was originally the front of the building, overlooking St Michael's Church. The premises have recently been lovingly renovated throughout and the bedrooms are now available for bed and breakfast, offering en-suite deluxe double rooms overlooking the church.

The Bell Inn won Channel 4's '4 In a Bed' programme on television and has been awarded AA 2 Rosettes for Culinary Excellence and is an AA 4 Star Inn The Bell Inn is full of character and steeped in local history. Our bedrooms are named after three historical characters with direct connections to the local area. The hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of Kitty Canham who was buried in the churchyard. In July 1999, The Bell suffered a devastating fire, which destroyed the entire roof, first floor and much of the cottages attached. It took almost 18 months for the building to dry out and a year to renovate it to its present state. As The Bell is a listed building the work was carried out under the watchful eye of the English Heritage Trust. Many discoveries were made in the process including the huge fireplace in the upstairs bar which had been bricked over until the fire. The building as a whole has been returned to its former glory.


  • Bar
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Restaurant
  • Weddings & private parties
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning service
  • Banking services / ATM
  • Terrace
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Sun terrace
  • Breakfast served in restaurant


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Off-site parking

Business Facilities

  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference & events


  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Free breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options

Activities and Experiences

  • Walking
  • Wild life


  • Check in
    14:00 22:00
  • Check out
  • Child Policy
    Adults preferred
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


There is wheelchair access to the bistro and downstairs bar but not to the upstairs bar or bedrooms.


  • Road from Colchester (20.0 miles)

    Driving on the A12 continue past the Colchester Community Stadium and take the slip road left to A120 towards Clacton / Harwich. After 5.8 miles, take the slip road left to A133 towards Clacton/Weeley.

    After 1.5 miles at the roundabout, take 1st exit toward Clacton/Weeley. After 2.2 miles at the roundabout take the first exit heading toward the crematorium. at the next roundabout take the second exit passing the entrance to the crematorium and drive through Weeley Village. Continue for 2 miles and you will arrive in Thorpe Le Soken. drive through the village passing Tesco on your left hand side and The Bell Inn is approximately 200 yards on your right. 

  • Train from Colchester (12.0 miles)

    The average journey time between Thorpe-le-Soken and Colchester is 26 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 43 trains travelling from Thorpe-le-Soken to Colchester. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

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