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Bell Inn, Banbury

12 Middleton Road
OX16 4QJ

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Punch Taverns

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Thuck Phat left this review about Bell Inn

Just outside the town centre, this is a friendly and welcoming pub in the traditional style.
These assets only make it worth a visit if you're happy with standard pubco fare as far as the beer is concerned.
Two ales were on when we visited, Adnams Southwold and Thwaites Spring Sprung. The latter was no more than ok and didn't warrant a second.
With decent beer I'd happily drop in for an extended visit but as it stands a return is unlikely.

On 14th April 2015 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Bell Inn

A traditional local boozer which has retained two very seperate rooms as Quinno described below,an L shaped public bar with a pool table and a carpeted lounge both served by a small central bar.Both rooms have BT Sport screens,and the lounge also has some tables set for dining from a pub grub menu that has very cheap pricing.It feels like a community pub and has an occasional quiz,the lounge was a comfortable place to drink and had a real fireplace.
The pub is owned by a Punch and the exterior is looking a bit shabby.Sadly the real ale choice of Adnams Southwold Bitter and Black Sheep Brewery Golden Sheep (tired and flat) was predictably dull from a pubco owned premises,while a third pump was unclipped.Stangely you have to obtain a key from the bar if you wish to use cubicle in the gents.
It has been featured in past GBG's,but I can see why it hasn't made the cut recently.It's a decent enough interior ,shame about the beer.

On 3rd April 2015 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Bell Inn

Near the rail station, this is a traditional two room boozer with lounge and public bars, most of the interior is stuck in the 1970’s but in a good, cared-for way. The lounge has a classic retro chic, oranges and browns along with a selection of daily papers. The public bar is a more Spartan grey/green/blue affair, housing a dart board, pool table, cribbage and many trophies won by the pub. Pub is dog-friendly. Three ales available on my visit, Doom Bar, St Austell Trelawney and Adnams Bitter. All three ales were in good shape and served in jugs as well. There was an all-round friendly atmosphere, with jovial punters in both bars. This is a proper pub and it’s an essential stop if in Banbury. It was my favourite of a long day's crawling.

On 31st December 2011 - rating: 9
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Michael Boyes left this review about The Bell Inn

Excellent local pub near the railway station. Two large rooms with the bar in the middle, the lounge and the snug (games roon). Up to four real ales served mostly from local micros and food is available mainly at lunch times. A very friendly local and a good mix of people.

On 13th September 2011 - rating: 8
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I L left this review about The Bell Inn

Very pleasant pub just East of Banbury station, this pub has a very friendly landlord. This pub has two main drinking areas served by a small, bar in each plus a pool table. Three ales were on from a variety of small brewers with the Beartown Bear Ass on at the time of our visit and superbly well kept. Opens at 12.30 on a Saturday but well worth a visit.

On 22nd January 2011 - rating: 8
[User has posted 287 recommendations about 284 pubs]

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michael furn left this review about The Bell Inn

The pub owned by Punch taverns, is close to Railway Station open evenings, Lunchtimes closed Monday and Tuesday and open on thursdays thru to Sundays at lunchtime.
Recommend Sunday Lunches, also serves meals in later part of week at Lunchtime and early evenings.
Meals good value for less than £6

On 26th February 2009 - rating: 10
[User has posted 38 recommendations about 37 pubs]