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The Belle Restaurant, Bassingbourne

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61 North End, Bassingbourn, Royston, Herts SG8 5NZ • For Reservations Call 01763 250921 or email

The Pub

The ‘Belle Freehouse’ is situated in the picturesque village of Bassingbourn just eight miles from the historical City of Cambridge, 3 miles from Royston and situated within easy reach of the A10 corridor and the A1M & M11 motorways into London.

‘The Belle’ is named in tribute to the iconic B-17 ‘Memphis Belle’ which was stationed in Bassingbourn during World War 2 and which was later subject of the Hollywood blockbuster movie of the same name. 

‘The Belle’ is an eclectic mix of both contemporary and traditional features that blend perfectly. At the heart of the pub is the log burning stove that is both warming and welcoming with a soft seating area to sit and pass the time away. The purpose built bar has been hand crafted and is the focal part of the pub, offering real ales, lagers, fine wines and an extensive mix of spirits and liqueurs.



The main bar area is a great place to meet up whether it be a mid morning coffee, early afternoon drinks/snacks or an evening's social gathering with friends and family.

We are a child friendly pub with a children's menu and baby changing facilities. 'The Belle' is also easily accessible and has a dedicated disabled toilet.

Our opening hours are:

Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 23:00

Friday & Saturday 12:00 - 00:00

Sunday 12:00 - 23:00

Our food serving hours are:

Tuesday - Friday 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00-21:00

Saturday 12:00 - 21:00 (Limited Menu between 15:00 and 18:00)

Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

 So whatever time of day you'll always be made to feel welcome at 'The Belle Freehouse'. 



Food is served in a relaxed mode in either the main bar, casual dining area and also in the more intimate atmosphere of our dining room. 

Our Head Chef and his staff are on hand to cook the most sumptuous of menus using both local and artisan sourced produce. His team have put their twist on hearty pub classics along with the very best in modern cuisine.   

So whether its a light lunch, snack or dinner from our evening menu you can be rest assured that your meal has been prepared and cooked freshly that day.  A roast dinner is available on a Sunday with a choice of roast meats. 




We're also able to prepare tailored menus for larger parties subject to prior notice. So if you have an event or celebration you wish to discuss please call and we will do our upmost to cater for you.


Lunch    Evening   Dessert

Sunday Lunch

Set Lunch    Seniors

Our Buffet Menu



At ‘The Belle’ we pride ourselves on the beer we serve and being a Freehouse we are always on the lookout for new and exciting real ales and lagers to try and also for seasonal offerings.

We serve four real ales with regulars Fullers London Pride and Doom Bar from the Rock brewery in Cornwall. We also have two guest ales which are changed on a regular basis.  

We serve four Lagers consisting of Fosters, Amstel and Premium brands Kronenbourg and Birra Morretti.





Our back bar offers a kaleidoscope of spirits and aperitifs with a large selection of Malt whiskeys, Premium Vodkas and Gins along with regular brands such as Gordon's, Smirnoff and The Famous Grouse. We also have a wide and varied selection of bottled beers from around the globe such as Tiger, Fosters Gold, Heineken, Sol and Desperado. 


Our extensive wine list has been specifically chosen and offers both old and new world wines. We also have a good selection of sparkling wines, rosés and champagnes.

To review our wine list fully and for tasting notes please download here.


Wimpole Hall & Estate

A working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive mansion and Home Farm…more

Imperial War Museum Duxford

IWM Duxford is set within the spacious grounds of the famous former First and Second World War airfield…more

Shepreth Wildlife Park 

The Wildlife Park first started as a private wild animal sanctuary in 1979…more

Bassingbourn Charities

The main aim of the Charity is to raise money and awareness for good causes by bringing the local community together to achieve it…more

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The B17 Flying Fortress ‘Memphis Belle’ arrived in Bassingbourn on Oct 14 1942. She was stationed there until May 17 1943. The Belle was one of 12,750 B-17′s built by the Boeing Aircraft Co. The Belle was the most famous because she was the first heavy bomber in Hitler’s European war theatre to complete 25 combat missions and keep her entire crew alive. The command generals had set 25 missions as an incentive for air crews to go home. Morale was extremely low because 80% of the bombers were shot down during the first three months of America’s combat flights over Europe.

In late 1942 – early 1943 Hollywood film Director, William Wyler came to Bassingbourn, and made a combat documentary called ‘Memphis Belle’; it was said that this film helped to keep America in the war.



Later in 1943 the Memphis Belle and her crew would complete their 26th and final mission; to fly the Belle home and embark upon a 76-day war bond tour of the USA, encouraging the people of America to buy War Bonds and support the continued efforts of the American Military.

Today the Memphis Belle is being restored at the Wright-Patterson AFB, in the USA. Declared by the US Air Force as a national treasure The Belle will never fly again, but will be restored to her former glory for people to see. Though she will never be seen in the skies over England ever again, her spiritual home and where her history was made, will always be on the runways and perry track of Bassingbourn.


If you looking to book somewhere for a private function ‘The Belle’ is the perfect venue (subject to availability).

With its own private bar our casual dining area easily converts into a private function room with capacity for 150 people (not seated). 



So if you require a venue for a birthday party, wedding reception, christening or family gathering please call us on 01763 250921 or email to discuss your requirements.

What’s On

Throughout the year we will be hosting various events such as themed dining evenings, live music & golf days.

For information on all our events please keep checking the website or Like us  

The ‘Winchester Club’ takes place every Wednesday & Friday from 4-6pm with FREE snacks.

Bank Holiday 1st May – Live Music – Tom Ryder in garden 3-7pm, BBQ

Saturday 6th May – Soul Sanctuary from 9pm – Soul food inspired Menu

Thursday 11th May – Wine and Food Tasting – Surprise 6 Course Tasting Menu for new menus with matching Wines – £50pp

Sunday 14th May – Live Music – Jazz Quintet from 2pm

Sunday 21st May – Live Music – Scallywags





Contact Us

For reservations please call us 01763 250921

Find us at

The Belle Freehouse
61 North End
Hertfordshire SG8 5NZ

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 Opening Times

Monday- Saturday 12:00  - 00:00

Sunday 12:00 - 23:00


The Belle Freehouse & Restaurant is also the proud home of…

Bassingbourn Charities The Belle Free Golf Society
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