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.
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.
Four Bells is a superb village pub serving quality food from well sourced providers It is family and dog friendly a great hub to a lovely village
The variety on the menu is the best around. This is a chef who really understands flavours and has flare and imagination. There is something for everyone.
Booked a party of 9, but only 5 turned up, but it ended up being a perfect day. lovely food, lovely atmosphere. Very relaxed and friendly.
Excellent food, great atmosphere, wonderful service. A great local pub which, though it can be busy, welcomes everyone. It is dog friendly too so bring your bitch - and your dog!
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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!
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