18 September 2019 Read more

Pub of the Year 2019

We’re delighted to announce The Brisley Bell was awarded ‘Pub of the Year’ for the second time at the Norfolk Food and Drink awards this year. Having previously won in 2017, we were so pleased to have been given the accolade again. It’s a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team, both […]

05 July 2019 Read more

Instagram Our Gardens in July

Whiling away the hours with friends whilst enjoying a pint of real ale, or perhaps catching up with friends over a cocktail or Pimm’s in the summer sunshine? This month, share a photo of you in the gardens at The Brisley Bell on Instagram using the hashtag #BrisleyBellGarden to be in with a chance of […]

07 June 2019 Read more

Awards Galore!

Four In One Month! We’re delighted to have been awarded a Muddy Stilettos Award 2019 – ‘Best Destination Pub’ (voted for by the public) & GunsOnPegs Good Shoot Hotel Awards 2019  – ‘Highly Recommended’ (voted for by GunsOnPegs members) We’ve been nominated for The Good Food Awards ‘Best Destination Pub‘ 2019 & Sunday Times Top […]

29 January 2019 Read more

Telegraph Review

We recently welcomed Martin Dunford, a travel writer for The Telegraph who visited The Bell after hearing about the opening of our bed and breakfast rooms. After dining in the pub and staying in Troose, we were delighted to read his review, which you can read in full here. It places The Brisley Bell as the […]

22 January 2019 Read more

Fred’s Check?

Here at The Brisley Bell we are raising awareness of It’s On The Ball Testicular Cancer Charity. For this week we have a great ale supplied from The Norfolk Brewhouse called Tobi’s Tipple – Fred’s Check 3.9% abv. This year’s edition of Tobi’s Tipple has been named “Fred’s Check”, after Fred who was diagnosed with […]

29 November 2018 Read more

Treat yourself to our Winter Warmer offer

  We all know that after the festivities of December, January and February can feel like a cold, dark slog! Sometimes it’s nice to find an excuse to give yourself a bit of a treat. From the 6th January to the 7th February on Tuesdays,  Wednesdays and Thursdays, when you book a night’s stay in our […]

03 August 2018 Read more

We have a defibrillator!

Defibrillation is the only method for reverting lethal cardiac arrest. If applied within the first minute defibrillation has a 70% survival rate. So a huge thanks to a local resident who very kindly donated a defibrillator to the pub.

22 December 2017 Read more

Ladies Cricket Team

  If you’d be interested in signing up for a women’s cricket team in the village, then please get in touch with Amelia. All levels welcome as we will be a novice team!

15 July 2017 Read more

Lions at The Brisley Bell

The Brisley Bell has been showing the 2017 rugby British and Irish Lions test matches, against the New Zealand All Blacks side on Sky TV. There was a fantastic turnout of both local and NZ rugby fans, coming together for 3 consecutive Saturdays to watch the games. The Saturday morning itinerary began with everyone grabbing […]

01 February 2017 Read more

The Brisley Bell Build

In Septemeber 2015, Marcus and Amelia became the official owners of The Bell. Since then they’ve spent months nurturing their vision and transforming it into a reality. Special thanks are in order to everyone below, without them The Bell as Marcus & Amelia imagined it would not have been. Anne Covell (Bawdeswell Garden Centre), Louis Clapburn, […]

30 January 2017 Read more

Ring Ring!

The time has come! As of 9.30am tomorrow morning we will be officially taking table bookings. The best way to make your booking for the launch weekend (and beyond) will be to call us on the number below. Space is limited and we anticipate that we will fill up fast. See you soon!

24 January 2017 Read more

What will I be drinking at The Bell?

As a freehouse, we will always have a great selection of beers on offer. One of the breweries we’re ecstatic to be working with is one you may already be very familiar with -the Norfolk Brewhouse! We’d like to be able to pride ourselves on supporting local, Norfolk breweries and this is our first step in […]

19 January 2017 Read more

Hard times for The Bell

After passing hands many times over the past years, The Bell began to lose its lustre.  A variety of factors stacked up against The Bell such as the smoking ban, and higher rents, rates, and taxes. However, during this time, tourism in Norfolk flourished and new businesses began popping up everywhere. Brisley C.E.V.A primary school […]

13 January 2017 Read more

What Will I be Eating at The Bell?

We’ve had a lot of questions about what food we’re going to have and what will be on the menu (see comment on our previous post), and I’m afraid for now, we’re being rather coy about it. However, we are very proud to announce one of our suppliers! Savory Farms will be supplying The Bell with Aberdeen […]

11 January 2017 Read more

The Countdown Begins!

Now we have an official launch (it’s the 11th & 12th of February, in case you haven’t already heard), we’re counting down the days – and so are a lot of you! We’re delighted that so many of you are as excited as we are to get the doors open. As there have been a few […]

06 January 2017 Read more

The Bell on TV

  In 1990 Henry & Ada had to pass on the pub, reluctantly retiring at the age of 89! The Bell was then sold on and updated. The reenvisaged Bell concentrated on the essentials: good ale and food, preferring not to have the modern jukebox and fruit machines of other establishments. Looking after its locals proved […]

04 January 2017 Read more

Ephiphany Recipe

To commemorate the end of the twelve days of Christmas, it is a French tradition to bake this delicious flaky pie. Much like the sixpence in the Christmas pud, you might find a couple of figurines hidden inside this delicious pastry. Whoever finds them will be crowned King & Queen for the day, and have […]

19 December 2016 Read more

Top 10 Norfolk Christmas Day Walks

As it is a common tradition in many families, we decided to make a list of the top ten Christmas Day walks away from the cold wind of the coast. Bintree Mill A short walk, ideal for those who love discovering picturesque settings. The old, disused watermill dates back to the 1750s only stopping production […]

16 December 2016 Read more

Christmas Cocktails

Although we’re unable to serve drinks this Christmas, we still want you to enjoy a little tipple! We discussed our favourite Christmas drinks and put our twist on them. Mulled Ale As a Proper Pub, the standard Mulled Wine (although delicious) isn’t enough for us. We want to make our beer Christmassy too. If you […]

09 December 2016 Read more

The Bell & Brisley Common

Brisley’s common is one of the largest of its kind in England. With regularly exercised grazing rights, the common is a daily site of beauty for the Brisley population. It was able to remain untouched when it was gifted to the Parish by Canon Dodson in 1993. The Green, on The Bell’s doorstep, is a […]

05 December 2016 Read more

Cassava Pie

  Today’s recipe is a bit of an unusual one. Cassava pie is a Bermudian Christmas classic, and it’s unique as it’s made with  yucca roots (manioc tapioca) and, stranger still, with either chicken or turkey.  Traditionally served alongside the main savoury meal, it’s a great way to utilise turkey left over from Christmas day. It […]

02 December 2016 Read more

Builders Doing Things!

For those of you who don’t follow us on Twitter, this is what you’re missing out on… Builders Doing Things! No. 1 pic.twitter.com/MNAeHyI0FF — The Bell (@TheBrisleyBell) November 28, 2016 Builders doing things! No.2 pic.twitter.com/7Yq7r8xBUo — The Bell (@TheBrisleyBell) November 30, 2016 Builders doing things! No. 3 pic.twitter.com/X65gObyMiD — The Bell (@TheBrisleyBell) December 1, 2016 […]

25 November 2016 Read more

The Era of Ada

For Ada Gricks, The Bell was not only the place she was the landlady for decades, it was also her birthplace. It held a very special place in her heart and The Bell’s legacy is owed to her hard work. With the Era of Ada came the pub’s very full license in 1966. Up until this […]

24 November 2016 Read more

Quince tarte tatin

Autumn is here and with it one of my favourite fruit begins to appear: Quince. This is one of the many ways you can prepare this tart fruit. You will need: 375g puff pastry (pre-rolled if you prefer) 100g butter 600g + 100g caster sugar 1 lemon 1 vanilla pod 1kg quince Begin with making […]

18 November 2016 Read more

A Day in the Life of the Owners

Marcus: 6.30am: Alarm goes off. Blink away sleep and get up. 7am: Walk around with site manager Matt. Have ciggie & a coffee. 8am: Hop on the digger. Come to terms with this is where most of the day will be spent. 9am: Shift bricks, tiles, mud, ect. 10am: Have an hour-long meeting that was supposed to be 20 minutes. […]

17 November 2016 Read more

In Need of Literature…

For those of you who do not follow us on social media (although you really should be as we now have Twitter AND Facebook), you may not know that the last of the concrete is in! This is very exciting and means that in the not-too-distant future all of Amelia’s purchases can start populating the […]

11 November 2016 Read more

Meet Our Head Chef!

Well-travelled & Michelin trained, our ethos-focused Frenchman can’t wait to bring his imaginative blend of flavours to Brisley. Meet Herve Stouvenel: Herve has over twenty-years’ experience and has worked all over the world from the pink beaches of Bermuda to the rustic towns of Western Europe; from running a huge team to catering for the […]

09 November 2016 Read more

The Brisley Bell & The Winter of 1947

Not long after the war, the UK had one of its coldest winters in centuries. Country roads became especially hard to traverse and there were multiple power outages.   One man, George Nicholson, desperately needed a thimble of brandy to prescribe to his premature son. He braved the harsh weather and made it to The […]

04 November 2016 Read more

A Brisley Bell Photographic Update

October has been a very busy month, walls completed, windows in, roof going on. If you drive by this week, you’ll see the skeleton of The Bell. Now we need to add the veins, muscles and meat (otherwise known as electrics, plumbing, and plaster). So here’s what we’ve been up to: The cellar was built […]

02 November 2016 Read more

And the winner is…

Thank you to everyone who entered our local flavours competition. We pulled a name out of the hat and the winner is…   Congratulations to Sue Rutter who was very pleased to receive our box of treats! The box contained a range of products from hot chocolate to rapeseed oil all from East Anglian suppliers. […]

28 October 2016 Read more

A Spooky Recipe from our Head Chef

Pumpkin Couscous Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: 1 Medium sized pumpkin, washed and hollowed 2 diced chicken fillets 1 diced onion 1 chopped garlic clove, thyme, rosemary, red chilli 150g brussel sprouts, celery stick fluted 1 butternut squash, 1/2 celeriac, 1/2 swede, all peeled and diced 100g chanteney carrots trimmed 200g couscous, piri-piri seasoning, olive oil 4 […]

21 October 2016 Read more

The Brisley Bell in WWII

Throughout World War Two, Henry ‘Derick’ Gricks spent his childhood living at The Bell. During this time, Brisley was mainly utilised to produce food. In 1942, there was a shift in Germany’s air force targets. Instead of strategically bombing locations of military importance, they decided to focus on cultural centers and rural landscapes. This was […]

18 October 2016 Read more

A glimpse of what we've been up to! #TheBrisleyBell #Hyperlapse #Builders #Extension pic.twitter.com/Dxhq56trNY — The Bell (@TheBrisleyBell) October 18, 2016

07 October 2016 Read more

The Bell and the Jailer

1700’s  In 1706, the Athow family lived in Brisley Hall and John Athow was said to be the innkeeper here at The Bell. Around this time, prisoners from King’s Lynn were made to walk all the way to the Norwich gallows. Often, they stopped at the halfway mark for a nights rest in Brisley. It […]

30 September 2016 Read more

The History of The Bell #1

We’re beginning a mini-series about The Bell’s past to see what went on in this age-old building. 1500’s There are reports of The Bell Inn dating back as early as the 16th century! One of Brisley’s most famous inhabitants was reputedly born on the site of The Bell. His name was Richard Taverner, and he […]

08 September 2016 Read more

Twitter for the not-so-technologically-savvy

We’ve tenderly stepped into the world of Twitter! And we’d love for you to join us. Before that scares you off: we’re the first to admit that for those who have never used Twitter, it can seem like a whole other language with its strange terminology and abundance of abbreviations. Not too long ago we […]

26 August 2016 Read more

Look what we’ve dug up

More clinks, clanks, and clunks as work continues at The Bell! While renovation is usually long days and heavy-lifting, it can be refreshing to take the time and look back at some of The Bell’s rich history – this time, in the form of bottles. Between bouts of shoveling and troweling, we unearthed two ‘relics.’ […]

25 July 2016 Read more

A typical day

So as always, we’ve been busy!  And for a change we thought we’d give you an idea in pictures of what fills our days.   Stone picking from the meadow and the garden (mindless …and yet somehow satisfying, very therapeutic and definitely preferable to picking up sticks!) Continuing to construct the garden. And now with […]

19 May 2016 Read more

On your marks, get set…

So, we have full planning (as of 9th May) and we intend to start building the back extension of the pub – hopefully sooner rather than later. As always, it’s busy at The Bell and we continue to have a huge amount of people to thank for all their generous help. Aga and Tom (our friends […]

01 April 2016 Read more

Spring has sprung

  So the winner of our Easter prize draw was a chap called Rob who came to pick up his prize on Easter Saturday. Congratulations Rob and many thanks to everyone else for taking part your feedback is invaluable to us.   Many of you asked when is the pub reopening. The plan is still to […]

01 March 2016 Read more

Easter Prize Draw!

We are conducting some market research as we are keen to understand our potential customers needs. So we have put together an online survey and we would really appreciate your input. It is very straight forward, shouldn’t take long and in thanks for your feedback if you wish to enter our easter prize draw, there […]

03 February 2016 Read more

Research is key…

We thought February might be a quiet month, but it’s all systems go here! We’re now super busy taking it in turns sitting for hours at our computer sourcing all manner of materials, furniture, fixtures and fittings. Research is key, but this does not make for great photos. So no lovely images this time…just a […]

06 January 2016 Read more

Happy New Year!

It was wonderful to see, and meet, so many of you at our christmas drinks party – thank you all for making it a great day, despite the wet weather. Wishing you all the best for 2016.

23 November 2015 Read more

We’re having a party!

Someone mentioned to us that the fire smoked… and they weren’t joking. So Dave the chimney sweep came and helped us clear out our chimneys and now we’ve had our first fire, which was lovely. The builders [David, Chris, Brian and Tucky] are now in upstairs busy redecorating and we have also pitched in to […]

01 November 2015 Read more

Hubble, bubble, toil and … more toil

So we’ve been busying away in the garden to get it cleared before winter arrives. We enrolled the talents of the lovely Slim to help with our hedge cutting and thanks to him we’ve found parts of the garden that haven’t seen the light of day for a few years. Now we have a beautifull […]

11 October 2015 Read more

And so it begins…

A big thank you to everyone who recently contacted us with kind words of support both online and in person, in response to our first blog. It has been hugely encouraging to us and so lovely to hear of your delight at the prospect of The Bell reopening. The realisation of the immense task we […]

23 September 2015 Read more

New beginnings

Marcus Seaman and Amelia Nicholson On behalf of us both, we would like to say a warm thank-you to everyone who has ‘popped-in’ and introduced themselves over the course of the past few weeks. Just to tell you a little bit about ourselves… In our formative years we drank at The Bell and we have […]

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