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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

268 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 268 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
19.09.2017 21:47

Great food, great service and a lovely warm atmosphere. I'm fussy when it comes to food and service and I can not fault The Four Bells in any way both times I have been there.

1 review so far 6
18.09.2017 20:16

As always excellent food. Brilliant. Great service and friendly staff. Tonight was just a quick dinner and the quick service suited us. Had other meals where time wasn't an issue and still excellent service. Craig, Gaynor and the team do a great job.

1 review so far 6
10.09.2017 17:34

We went for a birthday meal, it was 10 of us, including 2 children. The food was great and portions generous! Service prompt, staff very nice and helpful. Thank you!!!

4 reviews so far 6
07.09.2017 20:08

Awesome food and atmosphere. Staff friendly and helpful. Menu has a great choice.

2 reviews so far 5
21.08.2017 10:14

Very popular and so very busy when we went. Our table was not ready as the people before us ran over time, so we were put on a table further away from the bar. Worked out well as the noise level was better there! Staff harassed but very attentive.Food was excellent. The presentation could have been a little more thoughtful though. They like to serve on wooden boards and flat shallow plates, not good if you're having custards or sauces!! I got a delicious brownie and ice cream in a bowl but another diner had sticky toffee pudding on a slate with a jug of custard to pour over - made it entertaining watching her build a little sponge fort in order to apply her custard without it escaping all over the table!! It was all delicious though- we'll keep coming here.

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.

2 reviews 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
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
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 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 ****