Bell

Norfolk - Hempton

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: II

24 The Green
Hempton
NR21 7LG

Tel: (01328) 864579

Website http://hemptonbell.co.uk

Real ale & Cider: Real Ale

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Two fine old bar counters here, each with a story. The one in the left hand room was moved there from the right hand room and had to be altered a bit to make it fit. It was replaced in the other room by a counter formerly in the Crown, Fakenham. A folding partition where a wall once stood separates this room from a third which has some oldish bench seating.

18th century village local. In the left hand lino floored main bar (note the '2' on the inside of the door) is a Victorian counter which was originally in the right hand room (you can check the markings under the carpet to confirm this). If you take a look at the far left part of the counter you will see it consists of three small pieces indicating it had to be cut up to make it fit! The bar back is at least 30 years old with some modern additions. The pub was extended to the left in the 1960/70s to bring the toilets inside. In the right hand bar is an old counter which was introduced in the 1970s and shortened - it was originally in the Crown, Fakenham. The folding partition walls (originally in the left hand main bar) now separate it from the third room (presumably they replaced a wall) and this has some old, possibly 1960s bench seating.

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