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
- Free WiFi
- Free Parking
About Five Bells
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.
Please note if you have any special requirements such as highchairs or wheelchair access please include this in the 'Special requests' section of the booking process or alternatively call us on 01787 224166.
Great service and atmosphere. Lovely selection of food. Pimp my roast was amazing! Would definitely recommend.
This team! Wow! Having worked in hospitality myself for years I can say with confidence that this is a brilliant team! ... we were a rather large party of 8, including 4 kiddos under 6 ( I’m so sorry haha!) who met at the five bells as a meeting point with friends we hadn’t seen for 5 years ... we were greeted and seated with such a warming welcome. The atmosphere was fantastic, we wanted somewhere my other half could watch the Liverpool v Spurs game whilst we all had food and this establishment was the most perfect balance .., despite the (very tense) football being on the atmosphere was still brilliant and I felt the kids were not out of place, in fact many people talked to them, smiled and it was genuinely lovely. The food was brilliant, the only downside was that although we ordered on the same ticket the food for each separate family (two) came about 10 minutes apart (meaning two adults and one child had food whilst the other three children and two adults waited considerable time). Once the food was there it was delish!!! And we totally understand that we were a large table. Nevertheless we will be returning, the 4.5hr drive to see everyone was topped off by visiting this most brilliant little find. Thank you to all the staff, back and front of house ❤️ Xx
Excellent food in a beautiful old building. The only minor drawback was the slow speed of service, but the serving staff were very pleasant and polite throughout.
Great fish and chips and a proper steak pie went down well with our party of four. Great atmosphere, friendly service. A much enjoyed lunch date
My friends and I all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Nice friendly greeting on arrival. No-one likes to be ignored at a bar so thank you for your smile and welcome. No complaints.
Pie was spectacular and great chips!
Lovely friendly helpful staff. Had a really enjoyable evening
Friendly place. Nice surroundings inside and out. Service a little slow at times but could see they were very busy. Food was good but could definitely improve on the roast potatoes. They weren’t crispy at all. Desserts were delicious.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and both our lunch and the sandwiches and cakes at the Wake were very tasty
Pub is in great condition. Had food with 4 young children, sadly the service was incredibly slow. Will visit again but make sure we have more time.
I love this pub, always a great place to visit . Great atmosphere, service and value.
Took my mum for Sunday lunch as she was visiting from Scotland. Throughly enjoyed the food as normal. 10/10.
Great pub, will be back again.
I had a lovely birthday lunch with three friends at the Five Bells. The food was excellent. The chef made our favourite dessert for us and I even had a candle on mine!
Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
Food is always exceptional in a pub which, thanks to its family/dog-friendly nature, is one of the best around. Brilliant service, excellent choice of beers - and always a smile for you. This is how pubs should be.
I will certainly come again and recommend the five bells to friends
Fabulous Welcoming Community Pub!!!!...
We held a funeral tea for my mother who grew up in the pub. Nice to have a separate access to the room and still be able to get to the bar easily. Plenty of tables to sit quietly and chat and room to mingle. Discreet service and good food. She would have approved
Fantastic food, service and atmosphere.
Lovely spacious dining area, nice selection of drinks and delicious food. We'll certainly be back.
We had a lovely meal as an end of term event. Gilly was attentive but not intrusive and made sure we had absolutely everything we needed. It was a very hot day and our cold buffet was covered and tidied as we went along. They also catered for our vegan and gluten free guests with tasty options and without a fuss. I highly recommend the Five Bells.
Had a lovely roast and very nice parma violet gin!
Very nice food except the steak which could be better ( quality , not cooking ). Lovely, friendly staff for whom nothing was too much trouble ( hence why we return ! )
Very lovely pub, with nice staff and customers. Love that you allow dogs.