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The Bells, Staines Town, Staines Upon Thames

124 Church Street
Staines Upon Thames
TW18 4ZB
Phone: 01784454240
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Bells

A poshed-up backstreet Young's house, with a smallish lounge and a larger eating room. There is a large garden at the rear. The pub is florally decorated and nicely-kept. Sadly the beer is less so and required a couple of changes to get something halfway drinkable. Still has Original and Special on handpump, along with Tribute.

On 10th October 2019 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The Bells

A nice looking pub that has unfortunately been over-gentrified by Youngs. The interior decor is rather plain in mostly white and other pale colours, with some framed black & white photos on the walls along with some Renoir prints on the walls, a mix of high and normal height seating throughout the opened out room. Four handpumps for ale with Youngs Ordinary and Special, backed up with St Austel Tribute and Sambrookes Pale pale Ale as guests.
A pleasant but ultimately unremarkable pub.

On 27th May 2018 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Bells

Set slightly away from the town centre, in a pleasant area next to the church, this is a smart Youngs house with a rambling layout and a strong emphasis on dining. You enter through a corner door into an open space with the public bar to the left and a dining area running to the rear down the right hand side. The public bar has a compact servery along the rear wall and a neat row of tables and chairs opposite under the front windows. The area is quite pleasant and perfectly functional and most definitely offers the best spot for those just wanting to enjoy a few drinks. A TV screen on the end wall here remained turned off throughout the length of our visit. The restaurant area takes up the vast majority of the pub and runs to the rear before branching off into a couple of other rooms to the right. Lots of set tables fill all of these areas and make it pretty clear that the casual drinker isn’t really welcome back here. There is a second bar towards the rear which has one less handpull than the main bar to the front, so best to consult both before ordering. The main restaurant area is carpeted and has fairly conservative decor that treads the line between typical traditional and gastro pub identities. A nice old brick fireplace has been cleared out and filled with a glass display case full of Youngs products, which isn’t quite as dismal as it sounds. At the rear, the pub turns 90 degrees to the right, running through a fairly empty space before emerging into a bare boarded overspill room with dark beams and whitewashed walls which have sadly been adorned with bland IKEA style art prints and filled with standard tables and chairs. A dreadful soundtrack was playing throughout our visit and I also noticed a collection of board games stacked up near the main bar.
The bar had four beers on the go – Youngs Ordinary, Special and Winter Warmer plus regular guest ale St Austell Tribute. I gave the Winter Warmer a try and it was in excellent shape, even if the beer itself isn’t quite the great brew it once was. We stopped off for a Sunday roast here as well and the food was excellent, with generous portions and quality ingredients. The staff were all very pleasant and attentive, which added to the enjoyment of our visit.
I think I liked this place more because of the fact that we ate here and would imagine I would feel a little differently if we’d just stopped off for a drink instead. I found the food, beer and service all to be top-notch and whilst the Youngs ale range isn’t the most exciting, at least it is kept well. If you can avoid being shunted into the room at the far end of the pub, you should be able to enjoy a pleasant meal or drink in traditional surrounds and I would suggest this as one of the better options in the local area.

On 1st February 2018 - rating: 7
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Staines, 0.88 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Egham, 1.91 miles, 36 min walk (show)
Wraysbury, 2.08 miles, 40 min walk (show)
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10th Oct 2019, 16:01
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10th Oct 2019, 15:45
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