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The Blue Bell

Open Now: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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I have been using The Blue Bell for some 30 years which is itself a tribute to how much I enjoy it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Peter Q
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Saturday drinks

In York called into the blue bell for last drink before home. Nice pub like going back in time as... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
York, United Kingdom
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  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“proper pub”(24 reviews)
“real ale”(23 reviews)
“smallest pub”(17 reviews)
The Blue Bell is York's only Grade II* Listed Edwardian Public House. The first pint was pulled in 1798 and it's interior has remained untouched since 1903, allowing you to step back in time and experience a piece of living history first hand...more
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53 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF, England
+44 1904 654904
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been using The Blue Bell for some 30 years which is itself a tribute to how much I enjoy it. The pamphlet 'The Historic Pubs of York' rightly says that it owes much to its refurbishment in 1903! It is tiny (hence the...More

3  Thank Peter Q
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

In York called into the blue bell for last drink before home. Nice pub like going back in time as pubs used to be. Nice pint on Tim’s landlord Pork pies on the bar they have been there for way to long and warm. Apart...More

1  Thank Jane720
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Like a step back in time and a proper old time pub feel. Wood panels on the walls and proper beer. Well worth a call for a quick pint.

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Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

We only found the pub on our second to last day which was a shame as this pub is a gem The staff treated us like old friends and the other customers were more than happy to chat to us The beers were well kept...More

Thank netandalan
Reviewed 31 July 2018

In the Blue Bell last night and we had a great time with good beer 🍺.but the landlord was telling his customers that he was leaving due to Punch Taverns wanting more of the slice of cake.I have been going into this for a few...More

3  Thank Paul john w
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Lovely friendly pub in the city center ....went through a dodgy period a few years back but back to its best !

1  Thank Dave H
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Proof that all you need to do to create a great pub is to leave it alone for a hundred years. Remarkable in its simplicity.

1  Thank Mick J
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This authentic Edwardian public house is unique!! Great ales.......definitely a place for ale enthusiasts........where else can you go in York for a quality pint of real ale in a “ proper pub” No juke box....no mobiles....just a proper pub selling great ale with no distractions......you...More

1  Thank Ian P
Reviewed 29 June 2018

Small cosy old bar real ales and lager usually someone to natter to good atmosphere, Pork pies on bar are a must.

2  Thank shauntrish
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Great beer, great craic from a top bar person and love the no group policy, many of whom have left ridiculous reviews. Some people! Tsk tsk.

1  Thank grahamthomas39
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Donald M
19 February 2018|
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Response from chris e | Reviewed this property |
no tv's in the pub at all plus , as it's two very small bars , they don't allow groups in - there is a sports bar on the corner across the road
10 February 2015|
Response from BlueBellYork | Property representative |
Hi there I think you may have mistakenly asked a question of the Blue Bell, York, that you meant to post elsewhere. Have a great trip! Becca