History of the Local Area
The Six Bells was originally a pair of cottages built in around 1750. They were only recently knocked together. At the same time, a further earlier building dating back to the 17th century was also adjoined. This 3rd building faced onto Plantation Road and was probably owned by hop gardeners. Opposite here were The Maltings, and the cottages on Plantation Road, still bear that name today. You can still see the original timber framing in the pub.
The Six Bells was at the heart of the village, even in Victorian times, with the adjacent building being occupied by Mrs. Hannah Seabrook, the local butcher. The pub served cream teas and offered accommodation to cyclists. The butcher’s shop had its own abattoir and slaughtering was carried out on the premises every Monday.
One of the more famous owners of the butcher’s shop was Mr. Dines, who took over the business just before the war, managing the villagers’ weekly meat ration. A great party was held in the village for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953, with Mr. Dines carving an ox, while plentiful supplies of ale were provided by The Six Bells.
Another great village establishment was the bakery, established in the late 1800s by a Mr. Smith. Mr Smith had a pony and trap, which he used to deliver bread to Boreham and the surrounding villages. When he retired, the shop became a grocery, but sadly does not survive today.
The Six Bells
The Six Bells is believed to have become a “beer house” during the 1830s after the Beer Act of 1830 created beer houses. The then owners would have had to apply for an excise license for the princely sum of 2 guinea, and would then be allowed to sell ales, but not spirits.
The Six Bells was named by the licensee, Joseph Young, probably the son of the owner, Isaac Young of Braintree, and was so called because of the number of bells at the church. These had only been installed in 1746, so were still new to the villagers at the time. (In 1913, two more bells were added to the church, but the pub kept its original name.)
From 1883 to 1895 the pub had no fewer than 5 separate tenancy owners. The last of these was Edgar Tracey Pennick, who was also the local blacksmith. He kept the pub until 1905, when the property was sold to Greene King. It has been a Green King pub ever since.
We are now OPEN!
We are delighted to say that we are back OPEN as normal! There is no need to worry as we are adhering to strict COVID-19 government guidelines, for our safety and yours.
We are continuing to offer our takeaway service, which will now be available every day throughout December.
You can order by phone and pick up in person, observing strict social distancing guidelines!
To view our new Takeaway Menu, please click below!
We hope we will see you very soon.
Please book in advance for both our restaurant and takeaway service.
Takeaway service available
COVID-19 has caused all sorts of issues but as a business we are determined to continue!
We are now offering our takeaway service Monday - Sunday for the foreseeable future.
You can order by phone and pick up in person observing strict social distancing guidelines.
To view our Takeaway menu, please click below.
We hope we will see you very soon.
Please book in advance.
You will be contacted on Thursday for payment.
Our Commitment to our gluten free customers
At the Six Bells we pride ourselves on offering a full range of gluten free dishes for you to enjoy.
Our exciting gluten free plates include chef's homemade soup or potato skins as a starter, sea bream fillet or slow roasted belly of pork from our list of main courses as well as a selection of homemade sweets or ice cream if you still have room for a dessert!
We now serve gluten free bread and sauces and our daily specials are all available gluten free too.
If you have an allergy, food intolerance or special dietary requirements, please speak to a member of the team before placing your order or when booking your table.
Need to hire a room for a private function?
Here at the Six Bells we can offer a small private function room that is ideal to use as a business meeting venue or for small party bookings of up to 60 guests or buffets. This room is available to hire any time of day and any day of the week.
We can also do outside catering for those special occasions from a small intimate dinner party to a large wedding breakfast.
We can cater for all dietary needs, just make us aware at the time of booking so that we can meet your specific requirements.
For availability and prices of the function room please do contact us.
Sundays at the Six Bells in Boreham
There's nothing better than gathering family and friends together for a Sunday lunch, so why not come and enjoy a hearty meal with us at the Six Bells?
From a traditional roast dinner, served with parsnips, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, fresh vegetables and gravy, to something a little different such as our homemade curry of the day served with rice, naan bread and mango chutney - we are sure that there is something for everyone to enjoy from our Sunday menu.
All our food is cooked to order with various vegetarian options available, and we will always endeavour to meet your specific dietary requirements.
So what are you waiting for? Call us on 01245 467232 to book your table today!
Last minute decision to eat here on a bank holiday as they could cater for coeliac / gluten free - what a fantastic idea that was!! Very varied menu & wonderful specials menu - staff lovely & food great - tasty & good sized portions - will definitely come back.
The portions are always generous, they’re very good at adapting the meals if you request anything and the food is always good - always leave full and happy!... A great selection of drinks too.
Teri Anne Maclean
Six Bells Public House and Restaurant
01245 467 232
Monday to Friday - 12 noon to 2.30pm
Monday Evening - 6pm to 8.30pm
Tuesday - Friday Evenings - 6pm to 8.30pm
Saturday - 12 noon to 8.30pm
Sunday - 12 noon to 8.00pm