Bell

Walthamstow

By Euan Ferguson

The Bell has been ringing the changes. Ever since Victorian times, the Bell has been a big, busy pub on one of those big, busy London crossroads. A new husband-and-wife team took over late last year and made it the sort of place it’s hard to walk past. It's usually buzzing.

The refurbishment revealed a few choice bits of nineteenth-century interior design, to which the owners have added a few sympathetic touches – there’s a wall of William Morris-style wallpaper, a nod to the museum in his memory just along the road. There’s also a pub garden. All this has produced an open, welcoming boozer, free of too many fripperies and full of seating.

On our visit there were couples tucking into the home-cooked pub grub (burgers, steaks, several more ambitious dishes), groups of pals on sofas kicking off a night out, beer buffs on barstools working their way through the excellently kept selection of six British real ales.

The Bell was amiably loud, pleasantly packed and as hard to leave as it was to walk by. To add to the general festivity, a DJ wearing one of those flat caps only DJs wear played records from a collection that seemingly contained nothing recorded since Thatcher moved into No 10. There was even a friendly doorman who showed us where to get the right night bus home. Saved by the Bell.

Venue name: Bell
Contact:
Address: 617 Forest Road
London
E17 4NE
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon, Tues, Sun; noon-midnight Wed, Thurs; noon-1am Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Walthamstow Central

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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Frankie

Had Sunday lunch with friends plus 2. Good range of wine , children's menu and food okay. If you would rather a more adult focused atmosphere best not go sunday... Definitely will check out to see if less weatherspoons  like during the week ....

Jill

Had lunch there today and it was lovely . Hot fresh fish & chips.my friend had the bean burger with cheese she loved it. Very good price .very good service will go back again with our hubbies.

July

I love to go there for drinks, not for food. There is nice cafe restaurant on forest road(la cafeteria)would rather eat there and then go have a drink in the Bell.

Jo

A proper local pub now. So nice after years of being the opposite. Lovely attentive, friendly staff, good food, reasonably priced and a good pint. A delight after years in the wilderness.... The only gripe is occasionally the music is too loud for conversation.

Lizzy

Agree with some of the other reviews - this is a lovely pub with a great atmosphere, good music and great selection behind the bar. The only downside is that the food is a bit hit and miss - still room for improvement!

Andre

Nice atmosphere,great ales,stuff are not very friendly and food not so great.

Jane

I really want this pub to be great. It's doing lots of the right things but it's not yet the kind of place you can be 100% confident about. For example, today the sausage cassoulet was tasty, but the overcooked chicken in a sauce made with sweet (rather than dry) marsala really was not. The service is excellent but the shabbiness of the exterior seems daft. Just a bit more thoughtful consistency will make all the difference.

Fred

What a lovely Sunday Roast, perfectly cooked Sirloin and the potatoes are better than my mums( sshh) Love the wallpaper and the ambience was nice. About time we had something cosmopolitan in E17

Mike

Great pub lovely bar staff not sure it needs a bouncer with so much attitude though.

Suzi

The Bell is by far my favourite E17 pub (and there are a number of good ones to choose from!) The atmosphere and decor are perfect, they've sympathetically restored the old features and the ambience is chilled. The staff are lovely, the drink selection is great and the food is good. Service for the food is quick even when they're busy. The garden is great. Worth a visit; we go often even though it isn't that near us. Highly recommended.

David Hobson

Amazing atmosphere... since the revamp late in 2012, the Bell has become the community hub for the Lloyd Park area of Walthamstow. Cozy atmosphere with well chosen furnishings. Always a great selection of music in the background to set the mood. As the article points out - good selection of Ales (surely more than six) - but the more important thing is that the dispensing equipment are kept immaculately clean. Great food, from snacks and pub-grub through to full blown meals and great weekend roasts. We used to grab a train further into London to get to a location of this calibre... the Bell has set a new standard.

David Hobson

Absolutely amazing atmosphere... since the revamp late in 2012, the Bell has become the community hub for the Lloyd Park area of Walthamstow. Cozy atmosphere with well chosen furnishings. Always a great selection of music in the background to set the mood. As the article points out - good selection of Ales (surely more than six) - but the more important thing is that the dispensing equipment are kept immaculately clean. Great food, from snacks and pub-grub through to full blown meals and great weekend roasts. We used to grab a train further into London to get to a location of this calibre... the Bell has set a new standard.

Traci

Love having The Bell just down the road, Great crowd, ambiance, and now menu! Just get there early if you're eating, as there are some teething problems around having enough food for the slightly later patron. Still giving you 5 stars, just for being awesome.