Enjoyably civilised pub with appealing ancient interior, excellent carefully sourced food, a great range of drinks and a pretty garden with table service
The good pub guide review
Providing refreshment for over 300 years, this handsome and historic pub is proud to claim Shakespeare as one of its former customers. All aspects of this particularly well run pub are highly and consistently praised, and the professional, hands-on licensees work very hard to achieve this. The attractive interior has plenty of signs of the building's venerable age, and is divided into five comfortable areas, each with its own character. These range from the cosy terracotta-painted bar to a light and airy gallery room with antique wood panelling, solid oak floor and contemporary Lloyd Loom chairs. Flagstone floors, stripped or well polished antique or period-style furniture and three good fires (one in an inglenook) add warmth and cosiness. You'll find Greene King Old Speckled Hen, Hobsons Best, Purity Pure Gold and Pure UBU on handpump and 16 wines (including prosecco, champagne and sweet wine) by the glass; background music. In summer, the virginia creeper-covered exterior is festooned with colourful hanging baskets. The lovely garden has solid teak furniture, a vine-covered terrace, water features and gentle lighting (dogs on leads are allowed here). Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
The appealing food using local, seasonal produce includes sandwiches and ploughman's, imaginative salads, crispy fried whitebait, deep-fried brie with apricot and ginger compote, horseshoe gammon with pineapple or free-range eggs, lasagne, mixed grill, haddock and chips, sirloin steak with a choice of sauce and chips, and home-made puddings such as chocolate torte with chocolate ice-cream and sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream.
Bell, Binton Road, Welford On Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8EB
Weekdays: 12-3, 5.30-10