The Brisley Bell | Pub in Norfolk | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Brisley Bell - Pub in Norfolk

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The Green, Brisley, NR20 5DW, Norfolk
England, United Kingdom

Marcus Seaman & Amelia Nicholson
+44 (0)1362 705024(landline)

Perfectly placed between coast and city, the Bell summons food lovers, walkers and families for seasonal country fare in a beautiful setting

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Amelia and Marcus have transformed a run-down 17th-century pub overlooking the lovely village common into a handsome inn with two stylish dining rooms, a book-lined snug with an open fire in winter and lots of nooks and crannies to sit in. French chef Hervé's hearty pub fare attracts plenty of locals, and his menus are fresh, seasonal and packed with flavour. Tuck into the likes of linguini tossed with tiger prawns, broccoli and saffron cream sauce, or pub classics cooked to perfection. Ales are local, like wines and whisky. Settle in the snug or out in the garden with a good book and a coffee, or chat in the bar over a hand-drawn pint. The views are vast and stretch in all directions. The nearest town is Dereham, six miles away; Norwich is 20 miles, and the many attractions of the north Norfolk coast about the same.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Marcus Seaman & Amelia Nicholson:

Local points of interest from
Marcus Seaman & Amelia Nicholson:

  • GOLF: The Brisley Bell is ideally placed as a base to explore the county’s abundance of golf courses. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, you’ll find something to suit all tastes.
  • NORWICH CITY: a wonderful fusion of the modern & historic. As well as being the most complete medieval city in the UK, it has a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene, superb independent and high street shops, lively restaurants, bars and night life.
  • COUNTRY ESTATES: if you're a National Trust enthusiast, we've a plethora of beautiful houses, gardens and grounds to visit. From Sandringham estate and Blickling Hall to Holkham estate and Houghton Hall.
  • NORTH NORFOLK’S HERITAGE COASTLINE: Most people visit our coast for the wonderful birdwatching that the area presents, the vast open beaches and the diversity of landscape and terrain, (salt-marshes, woods, shingled beaches, clifftops and sand dunes).
  • HOLT: A charming Georgian town in North Norfolk. Beautiful market square with lots of interesting shops and plenty of antiques. Not far from Blakeney if you’re planning a boat trip to see the seals.
  • PENSTHORPE NATURE RESERVE: Spectacular gardens with nature trails throughout that are great for birdwatching or casual strolls. There’s an impressive children’s play area that goes down just as well as the scrummy cakes in the nearby café.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Arrived for lunch on the Friday service was excellent staff very engaging and helpful, we were given a seat at the bar until our table had been wiped down and made ready, our water was George on the day who showed us through and explained the specials and the menu. Our order was taken efficiently and the meals arrived. The meals was fabulous well balanced. We were so impressed that we came back on the Sunday for lunch. Can’t praise the staff food or service enough "

Alastair - London, United Kingdom

August 2021
"excellent value great service rooms super comfy and every detail thought of"

Alex - london, United Kingdom

October 2020
"The Brisley Bell is another example of the enthusiasm and flair of a young couple turning round completely an almost derelict old country pub, to retain its original appeal but through careful additions to add modern style and attention to the needs of the guests, which are clearly paramount."

Peter - Sawday's inspector, United Kingdom

February 2019

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Lunch/Dinner from £16. Sunday lunch from £17.50.


Open all day.


The Green, Brisley, NR20 5DW, Norfolk


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