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Five Bells

Mill Lane, Colne Engaine, Colchester, United Kingdom, CO6 2HY
Restaurant info
Opening Information

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.

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Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Children's Menu available
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Wine Shop
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking

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!

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Smart Casual,Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 27 January 2019

Food was average. Waitress stuck us on a table right next to the bar even though there were only three of us eating and could hardly hear each other. We had the Sunday roast each and felt like it had been cooked at 10am and then served up at 13:00pm. We paid £2.85 for a 330ml bottle of coca-cola. An absolute disgrace of a price. I get pubs mark up but nearly 6x the price of a shop is pure theft. Service was appalling. Only at the very end when I paid the bill was we asked if everything is okay. Definitely will never return, not especially when the prices for drinks remain so ludicrously expensive.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Lovely food. Didn't have to wait too long even though the pub was busy.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

Only our 2nd visit but another great evening. God food, good beer, and good atmosphere

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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

I have been here often with my work colleagues, we find the staff so friendly and helpful. The food is always very nice. I recommend this place to all my friends.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

A really great atmosphere in this restaurant, very cosy, the food is tasty and a wide choice is available on the menu. Would definitely return.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

A lovely evening. Warm, cosy, great food, great wine & helpful staff :-)

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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

We had an amazing time with you on Saturday. As I'm doing Veganuary I could only eat vegan food when I came, and the options were pretty limited, which is expected of a country pub. Overall the staff were absolutely lovely and helpful and my grandparents thoroughly enjoyed their food, it would be nice to see a vegan option but I'll haveto come back when veganuary's over!

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Visited On Monday, 31 December 2018

Lovely pub with a friendly service and tasty food.

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Visited On Thursday, 20 December 2018

A fantastic evening had by all from start to end. Food was excellent. We always enjoy ourselves that's the reason we return every year. Thanks again.

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Excellent food and service. We were very well looked after by all members of the team. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

The team were incredibly accommodating for my family and I. We took up a fair bit of space, required a high chair, and wanted to bring the dog - none of these issues phased the team. Everyone was really, really helpful and helped us have a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday lunch.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Came for a Christmas dinner with the girls, food was lovely & service was great. Will definitely be coming back in the very near future x

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Myself, my mum and sister came for lunch for our annual Christmas get together. We were so so disappointed in the food. My mum and sister had prawn cocktail for starters and the prawns had no taste and they both felt there was too much sauce. For mains we were all looking forward to steak. It was awful! Terribly fatty and the chips were hard, it seemed like they were cooked and then cooked again to warm up. It all tasted extremely greasy. None of us could finish it, it was that bad. The waitress was lovely and she did take off the starters from the bill, but it ruined our afternoon that we had all been looking forward to so much. We’ve been regular customers, meeting up for special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries etc so to say we were disappointed was an understatement.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Lovely, friendly pub. We travel nearly an hour to get to it but it's worth it every time.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Unfortunately my email order (as part of a Christmas meal) for a vegan pear and almond tart was not passed on to the chef: I was bitterly disappointed at this and it spoiled what had been, up until then, a lovely meal. I was offered some vegan rice pudding (which is hardly festive but I accepted); I'm afraid this turned out to be not only dry and stodgy but the individual rice grains were not cooked through, so I was unable to eat this. I was offered a discount. I would need your absolute assurance that my needs would be observed before coming to Five Bells again. Gillian

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

2nd year running for our Christmas party - food and service excellent once again. Thank you so much, we had a fab time x

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Visited On Sunday, 11 November 2018

A lovely pub and the food was amazing. The atmosphere was also very cosy and warm. We will definitely be back again!

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Visited On Saturday, 10 November 2018

Lovely pub, lovely staff, lovely time...

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Visited On Friday, 02 November 2018

Great food, excellent value for money and friendly service. Food allergies are catered for extremely well. We have been before and we will be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

We had a lovely meal. We arrived early so we could drink and chat. We were asked a few times if we wanted to order and the staff were fine when we asked to wait a bit longer. My sister in law who is celiac was thrilled to see such a vast gluten free range and was amazed to have fish and chips for the first time since her diagnosis. Everyone loved their meal, top quality food and clearly all freshly cooked. Friendly service and a slightly upmarket but relaxed and warm atmosphere. We have been before and we will come again! The miles and the mayles!

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Visited On Saturday, 20 October 2018

We came for my Nans 90th Party. The food and service was great, with everyone commenting on what a lovely place it was 😀 Thanks very much to Ginny for making the day so special x

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

Very accomodating when I booked the wrong day and also forgot to say our dog was with us!! Good menu selection, friendly service. Dog and child friendly, great local pub.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Great food, atmosphere and welcome. Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

lovely staff food good beautiful old pub

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Visited for the Senior meal offer on Wednesday. Excellent value. Staff very attentive.

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