about us


The Bell Inn is currently the oldest pub in the town. Dating back to the 16th Century, it boasts many fascinating period features. What is now the function room and skittle alley, used to be stables, with horses being brought in directly through the bar. A serving hatch still exists between the pub and The Old Foundry in Swain Street, where beer was passed directly to the workers. An underground tunnel supposedly runs beneath the pub, used for the purposes of smuggling in days gone by.

Local poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was believed to have stayed at The Bell Inn with his friend William Wordsworth and it is said that it was here that he began his most famous work - The Rime of The Ancient Mariner.


Welcome to The Bell Inn. We are a traditional, friendly, family run pub in the beautiful coastal town of Watchet. The pub is situated just 100 yards from Watchet's picturesque Marina. We offer a good selection of Local Ales and Ciders, along with Fine Wines and a variety of soft drinks. We have a large menu of freshly prepared, homemade dishes, including a Children's Menu and use local suppliers and produce wherever possible.

The Bell Inn is proud to be host to no less than six skittles teams, a large and extremely popular part of pub life here in Somerset. We also have two quiz teams competing in the Minehead and District Quiz League and run regular pub quizes for locals and visitors alike, as well as monthly Open Mic Nights and Live Music.

Accredited by Cask Marque and listed in The Telegraph's Best 30 Pubs in Britain

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

3 Market Street, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0AN - TEL: 01984 631 279