Brisley Bell

The good pub guide review

Refurbished 17th-c pub in good spot on edge of sheep-grazed common (one of England's biggest); friendly atmosphere, various areas ranging from cosy beamed snug with large open fire to airy garden room, well liked classic British food with a continental twist(not Sun evening), Adnams and local guests, nice wines and decent range of other drinks (Norfolk whisky/gin), friendly efficient service; events such as live music, charity auctions and quiz nights; children and dogs welcome, terrace and good-sized garden, six bedrooms in converted outbuildings including one fully accessible and two dog-friendly, closed Mon, otherwise open all day.

Licensee Introduction

Set in the village of Brisley on a beautiful common, The Bell has exceptional views of unadulterated Norfolk countryside with its big skies. Ideally situated between coast and city, it is the perfect base from which you can enjoy all that Norfolk has to offer. This 17th century pub retains many of its old charms, while embracing the new, and is embellished with eclectic interiors. The large beer garden and croquet lawn are the perfect tonic to a busy week and watching cricket on the common, pint in hand as the sun goes down, is an ideal way to spend a lazy summer’s evening. In the colder months, you can relax by roaring fires after a hearty walk or a long lingering lunch; play games, read a book or settle down with a bottle of wine. Working with local suppliers, Michelin trained Head Chef Hervé Stouvenel creates sensational seasonal dishes, full of fantastic flavours, combining classic English cuisine with global influences. As a freehouse, the broad selection of ales, beers, wines and spirits means you’re certain to find old favourites or discover new delights. If you’re looking for a longer visit, you can stay overnight. Set in almost two acres of grounds, there’s a choice of six en-suite bedrooms individually designed with a focus on quality and comfort. Check out the ‘Things To Do’ page for a variety of local attractions and places to visit. There are also an abundance of great local golf courses to suit all handicaps.

Name of Licensee

Marcus and Amelia Nicholson

Contact Details

Brisley Bell, Brisley, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 5DW

(01362) 705024