Bell

Essex - Castle Hedingham

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

10 St.James Street
Castle Hedingham
CO9 3EJ

OS ref: TL784356

Tel: (01787) 460350

Email: enquiries@hedinghambell.co.uk

Website http://www.hedinghambell.co.uk

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Timber-framed 16th-century hall-house which includes the shop to the left, now leased out. The four rooms are linked by a corridor running from the front door. First, on the right, is the public bar which has wall-panelling, counter and old bar-back shelves but the fireplace is modern. Note the cut-out section in the counter and the exterior door behind the servery - up to c.1968 there was a tiny off-sales with a small counter and some partitioning around the top of it. To the left is a plain room with a few timbers and a glass-fronted section displaying the pub's wattle-and-daub construction. The corridor turns 90 degrees and reaches a small room with part-timbered walls and a hatch to the bar. Finally comes the smoke room, extended to the rear around 1968, when the counter and bar back shelves were probably also fitted. The building at the back of the pub, now the Disraeli Room, was formerly a court house.

Timber-framed 16th-century hall-house which includes the shop to the left, now leased out. Four rooms linked by a corridor running from the front door. First, on the right, is the public bar which has wall-panelling, counter and bar-back shelves that are over 50 years old but the fireplace is modern. Note the cut-out section in the bar counter and exterior door behind the servery - up to c.1968 there was a tiny off-sales with a small counter and some partitioning around the top of it. The distinctive feature is the casks of ale on two wooden stillages behind the bar. Note the old crib board screwed to the top of a scrubbed table.

To the left is a plain room with a few timbers and a glass-fronted section displaying the underlying wattle and daub construction. The corridor then turns 90 degrees and there’s a small, room at the rear with part timbered walls and a hatch to the bar opposite it. The smoke room on the right has a counter and bar back shelves at least 40 years old; the room was extended to the rear in c.1968. At the rear is a 17th- or 18th-century building with an upstairs room which was used as a court house. Now called the Disraeli Room it was refurbished in 1980 and has a plaster ceiling which is an exact replica of the original old Papier-Mache ceiling.

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