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5.3 /6 Excellent 193 Reviews

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


The discount applies only to the specified times and is exclusive only to online reservations.
You will receive the discount automatically with your online reservation.

Best of British Mussels Night - 28th June 2017


Join us monthly for our ‘Best of British’ Mussels nights.

We offer Shetland mussels fresh, served in a variety of ways, with home-made focaccia & hand-cut chips.
Lemongrass, garlic, ginger, chilli & coconut cream;
Moules Marinières;
Smoked bacon, shallots, garlic & parsley;
Chowder with smoked bacon, leeks & potatoes;
& a guest recipe of the month!
£11.00 per person


All bookings require a £5 deposit per person (non-refundable) | Please note: Table of less than 6 are limited to a 1.5 hours sitting time | The normal menu isn’t served, just the mussels! | Mussels night may be cancelled at last minute notice if issues with picking/growing/season.

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.


193 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 193 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
25.05.2017 07:24

We loved it in here, felt very relaxed, service was good and food was tasty. We will definitely be going back. Very friendly staff too.

1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 07:55

Fab food, fab place, great servcie, massive hangover. A perfect night. Definitely worth a trip if you've not been, and an added bonus of buying some of eggy Pete's eggs on the bar

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 6
14.05.2017 22:06

Amazing food especially the Sunday lunch. Good selection of options on the menu. Always a warm welcome from all the team! Our favourite local by far!

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 🙂

2 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 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
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.

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.

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
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 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 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 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.

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 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

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
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.

1 review so far 6
14.07.2016 21:48

Lovely menu, a step above normal pub grub and at a good price. I had the monk fish which was lovely. Great to see a pub that can accommodate gluten free with ease. Will definitely return.

4 reviews so far 6
08.04.2016 07:12

The four bells never lets me down. The food and staff are excellent and as always the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. I always recommend to family and friends. Thank you for a lovely evening

2 reviews so far 6
14.10.2016 22:18

Fantastic village pub offering high quality meals with a good selection of choices on both the main menu and specials board. The staff are always friendly and efficient helping to create a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

1 review so far 5
16.05.2016 07:56

Booking was put back by 30 mins but the manager texted me early to check ok. Excellent lunch. Lovely staff. Dogs welcomed and were very happy too . A great pub and place to eat. All in all a very happy family.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 17:40

This pub is dog friendly and has water bowls and treats available. The service was great, everyone was very helpful and friendly. The food was nice, I have the veggie burger and would recommend it.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2017 23:25

Friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Good polite service and great food. The staff were attentive without being overbearing. We were given time to have a drink beforehand and were not rushed at all. Good varied menu

1 review so far 6
10.09.2016 13:13

The menu was really varied and we though the Food, wine and service were all great!! Would highly recommend and will be going back!! Also fantastic interiors and play area for kids in the garden

2 reviews so far 6
11.07.2016 12:13

We love The Four Bells . The staff are amazing , as is the food and environment . They catered to our table of 12 (including 6 children ) perfectly . Thank you .

2 reviews so far 6
27.04.2017 09:46

Great atmosphere- a real pub. The food and service are excellent. We want on a moules night - held monthly in season. Only mussels are served in various sauces........really good if you like mussels.

1 review so far 6
01.07.2016 21:39

Lovely buzzing atmosphere on a Friday evening. Service as always was excellent. We had a table for 4 although we are not vegetarians we had 2 Poacher Pies, Sea Bass and Fish and chips....superb.

4 reviews so far 3
23.02.2017 06:30

had not got the wine we wanted, also only 1 thing left on specials, 2 items not available on starter and it was only 7.00pm, then the card machine not working and they wanted us to leave bank detail so they could sort it the next day we did manage to get the money because it was only 2 of use needed it, will not be going back.