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.
- 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!
In summary, good food, great service and really friendly staff. Been before be back again!!!
Staff friendly and welcoming. Food good and liked the 'virtual' wine list - actual bottles of wine for you to look at then choose - great idea and quite reasonable.
Service has been slow on more than one occasion that I've visited, however we have enjoyed ourselves.
Good food, veggie mushroom and halloumi burger was dry and bland but chips were excellent. Rib night menu was excellent. The service had no check back which led to us not having drinks throughout our meal and out of frustration went to the bar to ask for some and seemed like it was putting the woman out when she huffed and walked over to the table. Disappointed more than anything. Rain leaked through the roof on table behind but staff did try to quickly sort it out for them. Nice atmosphere and not too busy. Would return for drinks next time rather than food.
Very friendly service. Lovely food at very reasonable prices.
Attended as a member of a party of 30. Communication both prior and during our evening was excellent. The staff offered a warm and friendly welcome and an extremely efficient service. The offer of a separate area with Music after our meal was welcomed by all and allowed us to continue to enjoy the evening until closing time. We will definitely be going back!
Amazing place - great food and service, lovely atmosphere and very friendly staff and customers. Hope to be visiting here more regularly!
Really friendly staff and very good service
Excellent food, service and ambience. Prices are a little bit higher than necessary. The beef and mushroom tagliatelle was very tasty and original - although overpriced at 15.95.
Always excellent... staff in particular make this pub a great place to visit
The food was lovely however the service was shocking. I understand that you were busy but the ‘festival’ has been advertised for a long time and it happens regularly therefore we expected better. We were virtually ignored for a long time before even ordering when we did order we had to ask 3 times for a jug of water, it was very disappointing. It appeared that you only had 2 waitresses on a Saturday evening which was not sufficient and resulted in a disappointing service for us. I had written on my booking that we were celebrating my dad’s birthday and we wanted this to be special, it was not - it was especially bad due to the service which is disappointing because the food was very nice when it arrived.
Fantastic location, excellent food lovely staff
Another excellent meal. Wouldnt hesitate to recommend five bells for a meal. Particulatly loved the salmon and avocado salad starter. 😋
I had the pan fried local pigeon as a starter and it was incredible. Hats off the chef!
Our favourite pub, love it here.
We took advantage of the senior citizens lunch offer on a Tuesday. The food was excellent and even though the pub was very busy, the service was still pretty good. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
I bright my best friend along for her first ever meal at the Five Bells and we had a Sunday roast , Lara having roast lamb and me having roast chicken. The meals were wonderful as always and Lara really enjoyed the meal and the whole Five Bells experience. Jilly had greeted us and served us and she was wonderful as she always is and we were made to feel very special. I was so pleased that I had brought my friend Lara to the Five Bells as I wanted her to experience my favourite place. Thanks Jilly and team, see you very soon from Rachel Turner xxx
Fabulous roast and vegetables. All served with a smile. Very busy. Girls rushed off their feet.
Service was great, very polite and helpful. Food is always very good too.
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.