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The Bell Inn (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent MildExcellent2
Rebellion - ZebedeeExcellent1
Arkell's - 3BGood1
Loose Cannon - BombshellAcceptable1
Arkell's - BB (aka 2B)Not Tried0
Arkell's - Kingsdown Special AleNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Old TylerNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bell Inn, Aldworth, Berkshire
Picture 2. The Bell Inn, Aldworth, Berkshire
Picture 3. The Bell Inn, Aldworth, Berkshire
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

06 Jul 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening our coach just about managed to squeeze through the narrow village roads and parked cars. Many bemused locals witnessed our arrival.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rebellion - Zebedee4.70ExcellentFull bodied yet refreshing and fruity, my 5 a day in a pint glass.
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent Mild3.80Not Tried
Arkell's - BB (aka 2B)3.20Not Tried
Loose Cannon - Bombshell4.20Not Tried
West Berkshire - Old Tyler4.00Not Tried
10 Jun 2014 (HSB)
13:40 Number three on our Heritage tour this being a pub interior of National Importance. Busy in front of the servery with a group of locals chewing the fat. This was my first visit since 1989 and we sat in the tap room which we had to ourselves. Nice to see old Arkells pump clips still in use.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arkell's - 3B4.00GoodGreat condition but rather sweet
Loose Cannon - Bombshell4.20AcceptableLacklustre
Arkell's - Kingsdown Special Ale5.00Not Tried
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent Mild3.80Not Tried
West Berkshire - Old Tyler4.00Not TriedHouse beer for the pub
08 Jul 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Another visit here by preserved bus from the Thursday evening mild drinkers club, swelling the already large complement of locals visiting on a warm summer evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent Mild3.80ExcellentAgain in top condition here with a full bodied malty and fruity flavour with low hoppiness. My score 17/20.
24 Sep 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
We arrived by preserved 1950s Reading double deck bus and soon swelled the assembly of friendly locals. A superb atmosphere then ensued, like stepping back in time to the 1950s. The outside Gents toilet is a rarity these days too. Simple food consisted of farmhouse style rolls with various excellent quality fillings. Highly recommended, but difficult to access without own/arranged transport.
BeerABVScoreNotes
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent Mild3.80ExcellentCertainly the best condition I have ever tasted this beer with deep malty, fruity and liquorice flavours all present. My score 17/20.

About The Bell Inn

The pub sign. The Bell Inn, Aldworth, Berkshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent3
Good1
Acceptable1
Poor-

The pub is found in Aldworth, Berkshire, RG8 9SE.

In Bell Lane, on the National Inventory of historic pub interiors, this is a gem of a rural pub caught in a time warp. Two simple rooms lead off a central hatch bar area. Beers are served by handpump and include local West Berkshire brews including mild and other local ales. CAMRA National Pub of the Year in 1990.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 7 different beers and tried 4 of them.

Map location

Postcode: RG8 9SE