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The Bell Inn Information


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.


  • Bar
  • Dry cleaning
  • Books, DVD, games
  • On-site entertainment
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Restaurant
  • Weddings & private parties
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning service
  • Newspaper service
  • Banking services / ATM
  • Terrace
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Car rentals
  • Ironing service
  • 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


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


Check in: 14:00 till 22:00
Early check-in available on request
Check out: 11:00
Late check-out available on request
Child Policy: Adults preferred
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pets: No pets
Accommodation type: Inn
Booking Terms and Conditions


  • 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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