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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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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Banbury, 0.27 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Kings Sutton, 4.01 miles, 1 hr 17 min walk (show)
Heyford, 12.1 miles, 3 hr 53 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Bell Inn, Banbury
14th Apr 2015, 12:03
Review submitted by Thuck Phat
3rd Apr 2015, 09:50
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 03 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 31 December 2011 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 September 2011 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 03 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - BT Sport - last updated 03 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 03 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Occasional - last updated 03 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 September 2011 by hondo .
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