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The Blue Bell

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Oh my goodness this is a real gem,couldn’t believe it stepping inside this amazing little pub ,with... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sandie M
Durham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Beer and Atmosphere Brilliant.

Lovely old fashioned pub in a great city. Will return again whenever we can come back, so glad... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bath, 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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As featured in York - A Timeless City
53 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF, England
+44 1904 654904
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Oh my goodness this is a real gem,couldn’t believe it stepping inside this amazing little pub ,with a snug and a hatch to get served with drinks ,just loved everything about it ,amazing,I thought I was in the 1800,s just fabulous ,dogs are allowed ,not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sandie M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely old fashioned pub in a great city. Will return again whenever we can come back, so glad places like this still exist!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank alanandvalerie2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in for a break from the Christmas markets. Lovely little pub really old fashioned. Will return when we come back to York.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Daniel S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in for a few pints a timeless place brilliant like going back in time. Hope it never changes. Nice pint and pork pies. But didn’t partake as unsure how long them pies had been out at room temperature mmm don’t fancy a bad tum...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank asthomo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little pubs and hidden in a side street. Friendly pub and a regular customers. With definitely be going again next time I am in York.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank charlottesmit
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Taken here by a friend as it is his favourite pub in York . Fascinating small Edwardian pub very small very popular -excellent bar staff who are kept busy non stop No television or pin ball machines to ruin the atmosphere -wonderful Only food is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pauline C
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed my visit here, friendly staff and locals. Very small pub, but excellent atmosphere. Definitely a worth while visit when in York!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank beersam123
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

A must go to public house. Very intimate and a gem in the city. John preserves a time capsule of an old drinking pub and is a gem of a true landlord. Ben gives a great welcome and is a star of a bar manager....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Visited the Blue Bell a couple of times whilst on our holiday and love the place. Bar manager is a real asset to the pub, really engaging with the customers and a good laugh. Brilliant atmosphere and nice to mix/ talk to the locals, a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gary C
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

While visiting York I have ducked into the Blue Bell about four times. The tiny pub has atmosphere in spades. The beer is fabulous (apart from Carling tap, but one doesn’t need to drink that). The locals and staff were friendly on each visit and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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19 February 2018|
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Response from 686chrise | 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