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The Bell Hotel



Beginning life as a coaching inn in the 15th century, The Bell’s sense of history is enhanced by the fact that the hotel retains much of its original character and is even said to be haunted. Enjoy a warm and welcoming ambience with good English food in the restaurant and traditional ales in the bar. The Bell is also famous as the home of Dad’s Army, with its surroundings featuring in many episodes


General ManagerJason Chappell.

King Street, Thetford, Norfolk  IP24 2AZ

Contact UsTel. 01842 754455  email.
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Local Attractions

The Norfolk Broads, Thetford Forest, Oxburgh Hall, Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich.

Pub Opening TimesDaily 11am - 11pm.


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Accommodation Details

46 en-suite rooms (including three, four poster feature rooms). All rooms have TV, tea & coffee making facility, hairdryer, iron & ironing board.


Also open to non-residents.
Monday - Friday 7am - 12noon.
Saturday & Sunday 8am - 12noon.


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Function Rooms

Three Function Rooms available for private hire. Suitable for 12 to 70 people seated. We are a popular venue for weddings, 21st birthdays, anniversaries, meetings & conferences. Full conference facilities are available. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to customise your event to meet your requirements.


Drinks on DraughtFosters, Peroni, Stella Artois, Guinness & Aspall Suffolk Cyder.
Real AlesGreene King IPA (3.6% ABV), Greene King Old Speckled Hen (4.5% ABV) & Guest ale.
Other DrinksRange of Wines, Hot Chocolate, Selection of Tea & Range of Fairtrade Specialty Coffees.
We are accredited for excellence in service of our quality real ales.



Occasional Theme Nights such as medieval, murder mystery etc. Advertised in-house or phone for details.


We offer a range of dining experiences from lighter bar meals to sophisticated a la carte meals. Our chefs provide a range of freshly prepared meals including a variety of traditional British favourites in addition to a selection of innovative and interesting dishes. Daily changing house Specials compliment the core menu. From tasty main courses to light bar snacks your taste buds will be satisfied.

Breakfast TimesMonday - Friday 7am - 12noon.
Saturday & Sunday 8am - 12noon.
Main Menu TimesDaily 11am - 10pm.

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OUTDOOR FACILITIESBeer Garden, Patio Area with lighting, Large Car Park, Disabled Car Parking.
GENERAL FACILITIES Free Wi-Fi Access, Wheelchair Access to bars, not to bedrooms, Disabled Toilet, Baby Changing Facility.
OTHERChildren Welcome when dining, Dogs Welcome inside excluding restaurant & out on a lead, Coach Parties Welcome by prior arrangement, Debit and Credit Cards accepted including AMEX.
Bell Hotel, Thetford

Thetford town used to be the religious capital of East Anglia and parts of the Tudor style Bell Hotel building date back to 1469, with older parts underneath dating to the 11th Century. Haunted by two ghosts, 'Busy Radcliff' and a monk, the old building is truly genuine. Locals find the Bell Hotel an ideal place to meet up for a chat and quiet drink. Food in the hotel is mouthwatering and all professionally prepared from fresh ingredients with an extensive main menu available along with our Specials Board. Our very large Norfolk fish and chips are not to be missed. Your meal can be accompanied by one of our fine wines from a wide selection. Visitors will find the atmosphere here warm and friendly and the whole place very cosy. With 46 comfortable, homely en-suite rooms we are the ideal place to stay, with some bedrooms having their own balcony. Our feature four poster rooms are a cut above the rest, coming with DVD players. The four function rooms hold from 12 to 70 people seated and can be used for celebrations such as wedding receptions, birthdays and christenings. For meetings we can provide you with conference facilities such as OHP, screen, flipchart, TV and video. The friendly, helpful staff will always be here to welcome you to the Bell Hotel and look forward to seeing you soon.