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This authentic Edwardian public house is unique!! Great ales.......definitely a place for ale... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian P
York, United Kingdom
Old Time Pub

Small cosy old bar real ales and lager usually someone to natter to good atmosphere, Pork pies on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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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 1 week ago

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

Thank Ian P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank shauntrish
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank grahamthomas39
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Popped in on a visit to york and loved it, a great friendly welcome from the barman in the tiny front bar, great bear and loved the atmosphere and felt very comfortable, there is also room at the back and thete is no kids, music,...More

Thank horrorfanman
Reviewed 3 June 2018

I've been going to the Blue Bell for nearly 40 years now, not as a regular but as an occasional visitor on a regular basis. I'm happy to say that it was of a high standard then, and it's exactly the same now. I don't...More

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Very nice place which I had fancied trying when out with a group, but for obvious reasons we weren’t allowed in, so was nice to go in with my husband. A few people sat in in the few corners and all friendly. One with a...More

Thank Traceyturner0610
Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

I am nervous about writing this review because I don’t want you to know about the best pub in York. It’s small but perfectly formed with the warmest welcome I have received in any place Ever ! the staff and landlord were more pleased to...More

Thank Nick G
Reviewed 18 May 2018

A couple of years since we visited York, but pleased to return to The Blue Bell, a small pub with front snug.. A couple of early evening pints (excellent) and my wife said the wine was good stuff. Pleasant barman/landlord well on top of his...More

1  Thank Trevor G
Reviewed 11 April 2018

Fantastic pub, felt like my local, as soon as we walked in you could tell it was a friendly place. The chatty barstaff were eager to advise and please, the locals budged up to make room for us to sit and we had a great...More

1  Thank spwait
Reviewed 7 April 2018

Look this place up on TripAdvisor thought give it a look in . The barman set the tone with a very warm welcome and he was a character, with his wit. And I thought I'd Scousers had the sense of humour .Regulars didn't have to...More

Thank stephen b
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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