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The Blue Bell

Closed Now: 11:00 - 00:00
Open today: 11:00 - 00:00
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Ring out the (Blue) Bells!

My last review of this exceptional little pub (September 2018) expressed justified alarm that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peter Q
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Never bettered!

A traditional, no fussing and no frills pub with an amazing atmosphere, some great ales and now... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
James H
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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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

My last review of this exceptional little pub (September 2018) expressed justified alarm that devoted and committed landlord, John Pybus, was about to be evicted to meet the business requirements of its insensitive and grasping PubCo owners. Well - what a triumph. Following adverse publicity...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At 7.30pm on New Year's Eve, six of us went to the Blue Bell for pre-dinner drinks. We are three couples in our late 60's. The ladies sat down in the back room and I ordered and served their G & Ts first. I then...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lesedington
Blue B, Owner at The Blue Bell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your drinks here on New Year's Eve. We do have a strict 'No Groups' policy which is incredibly well sign posted throughout the pub and I'm sorry you chose to ignore them. The pub is small and it is difficult...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A traditional, no fussing and no frills pub with an amazing atmosphere, some great ales and now they have their own house IPA. That stuff is like drinking pop, and possibly one of the nicest IPAs I've ever had. I can see why they are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank James H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well this is a great small pub, Ben the barman/ manager is attentive,efficient,friendly even when the pub was very busy, we will return as the wine was delicious. Thank you for a good early door’s drink.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 8 December 2018 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 8 December 2018

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
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Reviewed 6 December 2018

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 Danielfsp
Reviewed 2 December 2018 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 24 November 2018

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 13 November 2018

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
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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
9 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