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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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This is a great wee pub and it is wee. We loved it, very olde worlde, and welcoming. Easy to find... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Brian B
Forfar, United Kingdom
via mobile
Old world pub

Great beer selection but never expected it to be a swingers club. Opened my eyes a bit but enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jon B
York, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great wee pub and it is wee. We loved it, very olde worlde, and welcoming. Easy to find and not expensive for drinks. No music, no kids, no machines, great !!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Brian B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great beer selection but never expected it to be a swingers club. Opened my eyes a bit but enjoyed the beer

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jon B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If a must in your visit to York. Staff are really nice, the only thing is that some folks were a little bit rude with us, it seems that they didn’t want foreign people around there.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank L8754DSbarbaral
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we don't get to York often enough, but this pub is an essential part of any trip. Good range of beers, Bradfield pale was fine for me, warm welcome and the small rooms create an atmosphere that encourage conversation. Look forward to next visit.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Trevor G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really small pub with 2 rooms but what a great atmosphere and great beer. Sampled the "Blue Bell" IPA is was deliciously fruity and Hoppy at a reasonale cost. happy to recommend

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Don J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in York for a couple of days in April and stumbled across this little gem, i do love local unspoilt inns and this must be one of the best we have frequented. Original surroundings, Lovely well ale and a pork pie to die...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small Fossgate pub with excellent craft beer selection and perfect ambience. Very cosy time warp rooms with interesting drinkers enjoying good conversation in a mobile free environment.Free Wi-Fi if you go outside. Good pork pies and snacks and the friendliest service make this a must...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Brian M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called in for a drink whilst shopping in the area to rest our weary feet. Good selection of beers and the Edwardian decor really is great just like stepping back in time, just like pubs used to be, no fruit machine or TV. Really relaxing,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 429dw
Reviewed April 13, 2019

Could this be the friendliest pub in England? As soon as you enter you receive a warm welcome from the friendly landlord. The pub is tiny and groups are not allowed so the atmosphere is friendly and conducive to conversation. The interior is straight from...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Darlene3501
Reviewed March 20, 2019 via mobile

Walked in and made to feel very welcome. Good selection of drinks. Fabulous pub rules to make for a very good and social atmosphere. Small and perfectly formed!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mollydorset34
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February 18, 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
February 9, 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