Monday – Saturday 12 noon – 9.30pm
Sunday (including Sunday Roast) 12 noon – 8.30pm
N.B. If your booking is for over 6 people please call us on 01787 224166 to ensure that we can accommodate you comfortably.
N.B. If you have any allergies or dietary concerns please call us on 01787 224166 to ensure that we can satisfy your requirements.
Monday – Saturday 12 noon – 9.30pm
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Children's Menu available
- Families and Children Welcome
- Outside Seating Area
- Gluten Free Available
- Wine Shop
- Dogs Welcome
About Five Bells
The Five Bells @ Colne Engaine
Proud Winners of BII Licensee of the Year 2011 and Great British Community Pub the Year 2011.
Welcome to the Five Bells Public House a pub and restaurant that stands proudly looking over the stunning view of the Colne Valley in the pretty village of Colne Engaine on the Essex & Suffolk border. The village is only 3 miles from Halstead, 6 miles from Sudbury and 10 miles from Colchester making it very accessible for dining out with friends, family & colleagues.
The building dates back over 500 years, and a record of the Inn's landlords going back to 1579 is proudly displayed in the bar along with other historic information about the pub & village.
The interior retains many of its lovely features such as the original exposed timbers in the restaurant and bar.
Outside, a lovely terrace commands stunning views over the Colne Valley. The restaurant, bar and terrace are all easily accessible via a ramp.
The menu is carefully created to include modern, exciting dishes along with delicious traditional pub food such as fish & chips and homemade pies. All our produce is sourced locally and from sustainable sources and prepared on the premises.
Owners Darran & Caroline Lingley are very proud to uphold the pub's long and fine tradition of hospitality, quality and service. Their friendly staff make all their guests feel very welcome.
The pub is delighted to sell an outstanding selection of Real Ales plus Adnams beers & spirits, Visor Belgium Beer and a wide selection of hand picked wines from around the globe to tantalise your palate!
Another fabulous evening at The Five Bells. The pub and restaurant of choice of all at Twinstead Cricket Club. Thank you Darran and Caroline
An excellent evening out for Mother’s Day, a lovely meal and drinks in the restaurant, service was great, overall a very good experience! Thankyou!
We had a lovely late lunch with great service in lovely surroundings. Thanks Five Bells. I’ll be back again.
Fantastic hosts, excellent range of drinks and wines. Superb food. the best around locally.
Food was sub standard , and not good value for money! Staff were very friendly!
Nice pub but very expensive for pub grub
Had been a couple of times for lunches, but this was the first time for dinner. Booked over the web. Called to say that we were running late, responded with no issue and will be pleased to see us arrive. The pub had a music night, which created a great atmosphere. We had a table within the bar area, and felt as if we had one of the best seats of the house. We were asked if it was too loud, that we could retreat to the restaurant - however the night was great. TBH it would of been better, had they of had some (soft) speakers round the bar to balance the sound of the band, so we could hear it clearer. Service was very friendly and very easy to talk to. The food was extremely good, with all aspects of the S&S Prawns, Goats cheese then burger and pork loin extremely well cooked. If only TBH a little pricey for the location out of town. Overall - will return for sure and make use of another theme night and bring plenty of friend and family.
Very nice pub with friendly and helpful service. The Beef and Mushroom Suet Pudding main was to die for. The only issue with the food was on the portion size of the Prawn Ball starter for £8. This consisted of 3 prawns on a skewer with some sauce. When we queried the price we were advised that this was a mistake and had been overpriced on the menu. The price was subsequently reduced to £4. As a gesture of goodwill I would have thought the whole price of the starter could have been deducted. Not only because we were left wanting more but also for,the not so easy matter, of having to mention it when everything else was great.
Myself, my partner and family members have eaten here many times before but of late the service has been well below par. Our table was for 7.30 starters arrived and were delicious then the mains - the phesant was so tough and dry I had to send it back, My father in law & his partner both had the pork which they too had to send back. Replacement meals were offered & A free round of drinks were given to soften the blow but unfortunately this was an anniversary dinner treat from the in laws that just ended up being disappointing. A phone call to the pub days before we were due to arrive, A 'happy anniversary' on a dessert plate had been organised but never happened higher staff blamed a poor hand over. A waiter collecting glasses then spilled a drink over my other half, we then waited what seemed like forever for him to return with a cloth to clean up and apologize. Overall very poor & such a shame.
We have used the 5 Bells regularly to meet up with friends for a meal for years. However, this time we were dissapointed with some of the meals we had. The prawn and crayfish cocktail had little flavour in the sauce. With regard to the two servings of pheasant with mash and red cabbage - the meat was dry and difficult to cut - overdone in my opinion. The mash and cabbage and sauce were good though which was the only reason we were able to make the meat edible. The two haddock and chips were good. Initially we were expected to sit at a table in the window by the door which was very dimly lit, even though I had specifically asked for a table in the dining room when booking online. We compromised by moving to a table and bench setting near to the fireplace. We were told they only seated in the restaurant when the bar was full. This has never been the case in the past. I assume this is new staff or management in place? Much as we like the ambience of the pub and where it is situated as a halfway meeting point with our friends, we may decide to try elsewhere for our future get togethers.
Excellent choice of real ales. Friendly service.
We always book the gallery table at Christmas, and we had another wonderful meal here again this year. Thanks so much for great food and great service. Kind regards, Carrie
Eaten here many times and once again everything was perfect. 100% recommend the Five Bells to anyone.
Really liked this, good food, minor problem with order, properly handled , which is all you can ask for.
Great Sunday lunch followed by a fantastic New Years celebration.Staff coped so well considered the numbers that were there for New Year.Thanks for a great day.
Excellent experience for our party of 18 with good food and efficient service. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Always amazing food and service.
Good service, great food and plenty of it. Good atmosphere with a busy restaurant.
I have to say on behalf of us all the Food was out standing our party of four enjoyed every single course of our christmas meal. Tasty well portioned and seasoned with generous vegetable sides which made mum very happy, the curried soup we all thought was espacially tasty well balanced and left us wanting more. Desserts very well presented and the effort level was clear to see with a pretty snow flakes on the side of plate lovely touch. A super warm welcome from Beth and Ben who were both very bubbly. The service through out from Tracy and Beth was perfect attentive on courses and drinks but not ott. Comfortable and pleasant athmosphere in the resturant, beautifully decorated and Christmasy with tasteful seasonal music. Thanks and will see you again soon. Ah also one more thing excellent value for money !! Shelly and Mikey xx
Had a lovely pre Christmas lunch with friends. Thoroughly recommend.
Food was amazing, and I was very very impressed with the price of a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc £21, I was expecting it to be a lot dearer (please don't put the price up).
Lovely food and helpful efficient staff
The pub had a cosy friendly feel to it. The staff were friendly, efficient and attentive, and the food was delicious. Great choice of real ales and gins. Fabulous evening.
The service was fantastic and nothing was too much. Thank you so much to the lady that went that extra mile to take photos and put a candle in my sons cake after noticing him opening some bday pressies. It made his night ☺️💙 Great staff, great pub, great atmosphere xx