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               North West Essex Branch Of CAMRA

                           Pub Of The Year 2013

The village of Wendens Ambo takes it's name from the joining of the parishes of Wenden Parva and Wenden Magna in 1662, the resulting 'Ambo' meaning 'both' in Latin.The first mention of the Bell appears in documents from as early as 1576 when it existed as Beauchamps farm. The farm held 40 acres of land including stables, barns, meadowland pastures and a malt house. The pilasters on the chimney stack still remain from this time and are a fine example of Elizabethan workmanship.
The Bell was not registered as a public house until 1806 when it was sold to Elizabeth Hawkes, of The Bishops Stortford Brewery Company, who in turn sold it to Benskins Brewery of Watford in 1898. The Bell did not become a free house until 1992.
The Bell boasts 3.5 acres of country gardens, a willow edged pond which leads to the River Uttle, a woodland walk and childrens timber adventure play equipment. There is a paved patio area overlooking the gardens and ample parking facilities. We are also only 5 minutes from Audley End railway station.
We offer traditional country pub food which is available Tuesday to Sunday for lunches and evening dinners. Several real cask ales are always on tap and scrumpy cider from the cellar.

the bar at the Bell
Every year we host our Real Ale Festival over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. This has become known as 'The Bell Bash' and during the weekend many local bands take part in the festivities to help raise funds for our local charities.

We also regularly host barbeques, open air plays and steam engine rallies. Sunday afternoon jazz music is also a popular event during the summer months, along with our weekly quiz at The Bell.

One tenant of The Bell, Mrs Goddard, spent her lifetime in the pub and is still thought to be here. We always wish her goodnight when closing!
enjoying the garden at the bell
reprobates at christmas in the bell
the beer festival