Opening Times 

Monday                   12.00 -11.30 pm

Tuesday                   12.00 - 11.30 pm

Wednesday               12.00 - 11.30 pm

Thursday                  12.00 - 12.00

Friday                      12.00 - 12.00 

Saturday                   12.00 - 12.00  

Sunday                     12.00 - 10.30pm

The History of the Bell Inn 


Dating back to the 16th century, the Bell Inn is a wonderful, Grade One listed building on the main street meanderings its way through historic Thorpe-le-Soken.

This timber-framed inn was originally a guildhall, which was confiscated by King Henry VIII, 

The building was converted into a pub and was effectively turned around with the entrance now on the High Street, as opposed to facing the church.

In the 1700s landlord William Hockley who was also a carpenter, extended the property and it became a brick-fronted building.

Carvings of the initials of William's widow Margaret who remarried, and her son John Lingwood and other members of te family can be found near the patio door.

Sadly, some of the original beams were lost or damaged after the pub was ravaged by fire in 1998, although the Bell was subsequently restored three year's later.

Among its customers during the 1800s is said to be Sir William Gull, the royal physician who was among those suspected to be Jack The Ripper, and is now buried in St Michael's churchyard, which backs on to the pub.

It was the disturbance of this graveyard that led to the origins of the ghostly goings on at the Bell Inn, which is said to be haunted by the bigamist Catharine 'Kitty' Canham.

Thorpe-le-Soken itself goes back to Saxon times and was often used as a staging post for travellers heading to the east coast.

Find out more about the Bell Inn by staying the night in an en-suite room and enjoy bed and breakfast after a fun evening at the pub.