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Four Bells Inn

Woodborough European, British £££ +100
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About Four Bells Inn

The small village of Woodborough, just half an hour’s drive northeast from Nottingham, is a sought-after locale for those wishing to find respite in the Nottinghamshire countryside. Steeped in history, Woodborough naturally has a couple of pubs – just two, mind – and one of those is the acclaimed Four Bells Inn, a tavern that’s been up on the Main Street since at least 1762. A quarter of a millennium later, after changing hands many times and undergoing a thankfully sensitive and much applauded refurb, the Four Bells Inn is now an esteemed gastropub serving robust British food and, naturally, a stellar selection of drinks.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:00
Four Bells Inn, 87 Main Street, NG14 6EA Nottingham

Further Information

The Four Bells Inn’s Tudor facade is only the latest of a long series of facelifts that this venerable Nottinghamshire pub has undergone. The last major structural refit was completed in the 1930s, and 1999 saw the two rooms of the public house merged into one – a development that met with approval among Woodborough locals and Nottingham’s country pub connoisseurs. Now, under the stewardship of experienced restaurateurs and publicans Craig & Gaynor Smith, the Four Bells boasts a superb menu of gourmet British cuisine that befits its status as a classic pub, not to mention an outside barbecue area, kids’ play area, separate rooms for private dining and a wood-burning stove to keep the winter out.

The kitchen at the Four Bells Inn is helmed by chef Dan Burton, turning out lunches and dinners seven days a week. You can of course simply head up Woodborough Main Street and drop in for a quick pint of real ale and some bar snacks, a light lunch or a few small plates to share, but it’s the generously apportioned, rustic British meals and traditional Sunday roasts that bring the loyal in from nearby Nottingham. Ever-seasonal, the pub’s small allotment of fruit, vegetables and herbs supplements the locally-sourced produce that goes into the creation of dishes like the slow-cooked shin of beef stew served with Stilton and thyme dumplings and braised curly kale. For a vegetarian delight straight from the garden, go for the homegrown Jerusalem artichoke tart with Parmesan and glazed root vegetables. Having been voted the best pub in Nottingham in 2015’s Nottingham Post Food & Drink Awards, reservations are strongly recommended.

CHEF'S CHOICE

228 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 228 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 07:12

Fabulous food in a relaxed atmosphere. A varied and exciting menu. Something for everyone. A wonderful way to have my birthday celebration. Looking forward to my next visit.

3 reviews so far 6
18.07.2017 17:12

we ordered four fish and chips and one ploughman's lunch. all were excellent meals. Drinks were great and service was top notch. we will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2017 21:15

First class food different from normal pub food ,lovely friendly pub, staff very helpful and pleasant Would throughly recommends visit to the Four Bells Inn.

3 reviews so far 6
16.07.2017 11:57

Terrific! We had the fish and chips. It tasted great. Received prompt service and great food. We will definitely be back there again. I highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
25.01.2017 16:58

We booked to celebrate a wedding anniversary at 7.30. There was 6 of us and we were seated quickly and efficiently. The service was excellent although they were very very busy. After choosing from the menu our food was a little late but it gave us time to chat. The food was delicious and hot, and service was excellent. We have booked a table again for this Saturday and have no worries regarding the quality of the service and good. We have recommended the 4 Bells to other friends.

1 review so far 5
02.04.2017 19:12

Lovely find, with the outward appearance looking very traditional pub like :-) Inside is nicely decorated and they have an area that accommodates those with dogs, as we did - they even have treats on the bar for the dogs and provide water bowls as well. The food was delicious and there was no real wait for it. The downsides were that the choices for lunch were a little limited (especially for vegetarians) and the portion sizes were a little small. That said the atmosphere, quality of the food and friendliness/helpfulness of the staff ensured that we would certainly recommend this place to friends 🙂

3 reviews so far 4
23.03.2017 22:22

My own meal was not as good as previous visits. The crushed new potatoes on my food were dry and tasteless and the vegetable portion massive. The lamb rump was sliced too thickly however the rest of the party were more than happy. A suggestion would be to have less potato on the main courses and perhaps one more pudding that is not a cheesecake or a brownie as they seem to feature on every pub menu. I'm sure they sell well but it is not something I would choose. The eve's pudding though was excellent. Portions are huge which are daunting. I think smaller plates are on offer but reducing the portions a bit would mean more customers may have a three course meal instead of one or two.

1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 19:39

We rate this venue very highly, just for a quick drink, or to eat and relax in a boisterous atmosphere. Tonight we were eating, we both chose dishes from the specials board, they didn't disappoint, I have a good appetite but I could not finish the faggots with black pudding mash, it was fantastic, I plan to cook this one at home! Good wine choice, cask ales, great food, nothing to dislike here, we will be back, very soon!

1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 07:15

A really good family birthday lunch. Although two of a party were twenty minutes late, the staff told us it was ok, but there could be a delay as the next sitting would be arriving. This didn't cause us any problem. Good that we were told, but in the event, there was no delay at all. A free bottle of Rioja, as existing customers with a birthday booking, went down very well. Thanks for a lovely lunch. Slight delay between main and dessert courses, but certainly didn't spoil the experience

1 review so far 5
08.06.2017 11:17

The food was delicious however all dishes came out a little cold. Two people had theirs re-heated but 2 were too hungry to stop and wait, but was still delicious. The toilets were a little grubby, -a woven basket on the floor for used hand towels doesn't look neat or hygienic- also the baby mat is to be used on the floor and this doesn't look at all nice. Everywhere else is cleaned and decorated to a high standard and this let it down a little. Otherwise, fab!

1 review so far 6
31.05.2017 17:06

The Four Bells at Woodborough bank holiday Monday, 29th May. Very busy and yet the service was excellent. Our waitress couldn't do enough for us. The 8oz pork ribeye with blackpudding mash and creamy spinach was just amazing. That followed by the triple chocolate cheesecake rounded off a really fabulous meal with family. We've been there at least 6 times and I cannot fault it for excellent food and fabulous service.

1 review so far 6
09.03.2017 08:05

This is our favourite place to come for a Sunday dinner as they do the best cashew nut roast. On this visit we brought a couple of friends with us after telling them how nice it was. They didn't let us down! We booked a table easily and they accommodated our little dogs and young children making us all feel welcome. The service and food were both excellent. Thanks Four Bells!

1 review so far 6
09.03.2017 21:16

The service was very warm and welcoming and the food was excellent, there were plenty of choice for good beers at the bar and l think that for two courses and two drinks for two people £45 is excellent value especially considering the quality of the food, we'll be looking forward to returning soon and recommending The Four Bells to our family and friends, cheers Oz and Sammy

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 09:40

They know what they're doing. Revamped and atmosphere even better. One of the few food pubs that you can still get a good pint without being made to feel awkward without eating but when you do eat the food is excellent. The steak was delicious and absolutely no fat or gristle left and the chips are as good as I make at home

1 review so far 4
10.07.2017 08:39

Friendly and helpful staff. There was no problem in changing the time of my reservation at short notice. We were seated and served quickly and efficiently. We chose the Sunday roast and found the quality of food/cooking good but were slightly disappointed that the beef was thinly sliced and a little too 'well done' for our taste. The waitress did explain however that this was unavoidable with the meal we chose and this I understand. I like my beer and appreciate quality, but was disappointed with the 'Craft IPA' that I was served.

1 review so far 6
09.06.2017 10:37

Visited for lunch on Wednesday 17th May 2017 and evening meal on Monday 5th June 2017. Lovely venue, great atmosphere! Excellent menu choices and variable prices. Good sized portions served by pleasant and competent staff. Well-stocked bar. Easy to book a table on-line. Plenty of parking. It's the ideal place for lunch or dinner and I have no hesitation in recommending it!

1 review so far 6
07.01.2017 22:04

Welcoming was very polite . Although we were early the staff accommodated us and shown us to our table. The area was veryclean and exceptionally busy. Bar man was very committed and making youas though you are the only ones there. Food was to die for hot and hot plates yippee.we will be back for the good value Thank You

1 review so far 6
25.12.2016 00:33

Amazing place, great food, and superb staff as always. The Four Bells Inn is a great pub and recommend to everyone to go and enjoy this really good pub.

1 review so far 6
19.11.2016 23:15

It was hugely busy and despite having booked a couple of weeks prior to visiting were offered a table by the door. That said, we were then given a much better table. The food was delicious and served quickly given they were catering to a very large party. The staff were great too. Definitely recommend ****

1 review so far 5
03.08.2016 09:50

Had a lovely meal at The Four Bells. We were seating in the lounge area rather than the restaurant itself, but all areas of this old world pub are just as nice. The food was of a really high standard (would really recommend the swordfish!) and the staff were friendly and attentive. We'd have no hesitation in recommending this to others, and we'll definitely be going again!

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 22:19

Brilliant host (Craig), always a very warm and welcoming atmosphere especially with the wood burning stove on a cold evening. Food is absolutely top notch and far above the quality you would expect from a 'pub'. It's on a par with the very highest end of dining in Nottingham and perhaps a later area too.

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 21:18

The food was really good and the service was excellent the only downside was being seated right next to the door in the bar area despite having booked 2 weeks before. It was the most disappointing of our 3 visits there for meals, especially as it was a treat for a family member and we kept telling her how wonderful it was going to be.

2 reviews so far 6
03.09.2016 08:58

We have been coming to the Four Bells for a long while and the food and service is always excellent. The menu changes on a regular basis and has a selection of lovely dishes to suit any palate. There is a specials board daily too.overall the Four Bells is a fantastic pub!

1 review so far 6
02.05.2016 08:44

Arrived a little early for booking but found a table almost immediately. We were with our 2 grandchildren so this was appreciated. Pre-ordered Sunday lunches had been kept for the boys and they loved them. Food was good and service attentive. We will be coming again when visiting from the north east.

1 review so far 6
17.03.2016 09:18

I took my 93 year gran for a Sunday lunch and had a lovely time. The food was very nice, all arrived hot and fresh to our table and the portions were generous. The staff are very very friendly and couldn't do enough to help. We will definitely be going back.

1 review so far 6
06.03.2016 06:01

Fabulous food, friendly staff and relaxed surroundings. What more can I say? I will certainly be visiting the Four Bells Inn again. Very, very soon!

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 22:42

Even though we now live the other side of town, Four Bells is our go-to pub for tasty gastro pub food and a warm atmosphere. They have an ever-changing specials board and a menu that rotates often enough to never get boring and it's all reasonably priced. Never disappointed!

2 reviews so far 6
02.03.2016 14:23

Fabulous evening last Saturday with some friends who were new to the Four Bells, like us they really enjoyed the delicious food, good wine and warm welcome by Craig and team. Eager to return and try more from the great menu. Thanks Four Bells for a good time :)

4 reviews so far 6
12.02.2016 19:36

As always the food was exceptional made all the better served by friendly, professional staff. The atmosphere of the four bells is always amicable. A real mixture of regulars drinking and diners enjoying the exceptional food. I would recommend the Four Bells to anyone for a friendly night out.

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 21:05

Very happy..delicious meal and great service despite being very busy. The meal was the tastiest I've had in a long time, there was a good range of gluten free options and while it wasn't the cheapest, it was worth the money. We will definitely be returning :-)

1 review so far 3
06.06.2016 07:29

Starters were good: Camembert for me and my husband had the squid. My main was roast beef, meat was fine but the gravy was tasteless and the veg was boring and bland. My husband had the ploughmans, he though it was good overall but quite dry with doorstop bread and no butter. Service was not very good standard, had to ask for sauces and it was difficult to get someone's attention for more drinks. When I paid the bill, in cash, they keep the change, about £4.50, my husband had to ask for it.

1 review so far 6
19.06.2017 21:27

Once again an excellent evening meal in a very welcoming pub. Staff are excellent and food is always of an excellent standard. We have now been here 3 times in the past month and always the staff are more than happy and welcoming even when incredibly busy.

1 review so far 5
15.07.2017 09:43

Food was really. Initially I said I was ok about where we were seated but on reflection to be put in the bar with the dog and kids was a bit if a disappointment, specially as I'd booked a few weeks in advance. It felt like we weren't regulars we were put in another area.

1 review so far 5
13.08.2016 22:18

Great food no complaints at all. It's just the wooden seats are uncomfortable after an hour or so. We came with people who hadn't eaten at the pub before, they really enjoyed it and will come again. Thank you for all your hard work in keeping the food a good standard. Sue & Brian Dickenson

1 review so far 5
28.06.2016 04:34

Beautiful food freshly cooked to a very high standard , visited on Monday night with my elderly parents and grown up son , it was a delight from start to finish , i would go more often , but i live in North Devon and was only visiting the area . Sue .

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 10:50

The food was excellent, well cooked and well presented. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her fish and chips (no soggy batter or greasy chips) and the tartar sauce was superb. My pork and asparagus was simply delicious. The service was good and the staff friendly.

1 review so far 5
19.06.2016 09:36

Excellent food, especially the main course. However would have liked more choice for dessert. Excellent service from the team of young staff on duty. Will be very happy to return and hope to do so very soon. Very pleasant evening spent with friends. We look forward to our next visit. Thank you!

4 reviews so far 6
17.04.2016 07:53

We have been to the four bells many times and this time we took a group of friends. We all had an excellent evening enjoying the atmosphere and of course the great food. This place never disappoints and we can't wait to return.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2016 22:56

Excellent servi.ce, friendly people, food was amazing. Craig and his team really understand how a gastro pub should be run. It was the first time I have been since it has been renovated, they have done an amazing job. Well done.

1 review so far 3
10.07.2016 17:45

Lovely lovely food, would try again just to give them a second chance as the service was very slow, main took a while but was lovely, having to go the the bar to prompt drinks even after ordering & being asked if we had ordered more between courses, asking for the dessert menu twice, never got the bill went to the bar to pay even thigh we asked, just slow slow slow! Not great but as I said food fabulous.

1 review so far 6
28.09.2016 23:23

The menu covers most taste and the food is well prepared and presented. The atmosphere is excellent as I like a 'pub' feel which takes me to the bar! Good range of beers and lager especially the Cornish Ales.

1 review so far 5
11.06.2017 15:59

Sunday roast was lovely I had the lamb, husband had the belly pork both were delicious. Vegetables were well cooked, would have liked the roast potatoes to be a little more roasted but overall it was a great experience and we would definitely eat there again

1 review so far 6
16.07.2016 22:52

Great service very Polite and attentive staff. The food was delicious there was a lovely atmosphere In the whole place. A lovely buzz. Highly recommended will definitely return again Thank you to the staff for a lovely evening.

2 reviews so far 5
11.04.2017 08:56

Decent Sunday lunch again. Beef and veg cooked as I like them. Great Yorkshire's Wife is dairy intolerant so trying to find something for her was a challenge. Maybe need to improve menu on that side. Nice little play area outside for the kids Cheers

1 review so far 5
25.09.2016 16:15

Really great food and whilst our waitress was excellent I would say that the service was slow but I attribute this to the amount of waiters as clearly there should be more. Having said that it wouldn't stop us returning as the food is fantastic.

2 reviews so far 6
04.06.2017 16:30

wonderful selection of food on the menu and great service. Beef croquettes were lovely and the slaw complemented it beautifully. We both had beef Sunday mains and puddings and are totally stuffed but in a great way!

3 reviews so far 6
29.04.2016 08:18

Food so nice I could have eaten it all over again!!! Took my 3 year old so was a bit on edge but the staff were amazing with him. Would recommend this place to anyone and everyone

1 review so far 5
29.05.2017 16:52

Really lovely decor, staff were nice but a little inattentive at times (they were quite busy though, so understandable). Was served a coffee in a glass with no handle which was a bit strange as obviously it was a hot bevarage... Food was nice!

1 review so far 5
18.02.2017 14:10

A great visit all round excellent food and service where nothing was too much trouble with a gift for my girlfriend also after our valentines evening meal. Great value and made to feel valued will definitely visit again as it never fails to delight!

1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 13:10

We had a great meal and great service, as usual. The 'specials board' was excellent. I had an amazing Barnsley chop and my wife had a great sea bass dish. Super starters also. Great night out.