Blue Bell

Bar, Eatery

53 Fossgate
York, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1904 654904 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Whilst in York, forget the Roman Ruins, visit the Blue Bell and see some real history.

A pub for over 200 years, it retains its unspoilt interior from its last refurbishment by the then new owners C.J. Melrose Brewery in 1903, nothing has changed since, which warrants its Grade II* status (very rare for a Pub), as well as a less prestigious place on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Heritage Pubs.

Small but perfectly formed, the pub has a rare undamaged ground floor frontage fully covered in deep red ceramic tiles, but a confusing front door entrance on the left hand side. Don’t be confused!, when you open the door on the left it leads you down an alleyway. Look and turn right and enter the two rooms through each of their own side doors. For the layout is quite unusual. The first door leads to the Snug room at the front, the second further door to the Tap room at the back and the Bar is right in between them and faces both ways. The only way to go from the Snug to the Tap room, is by going back out of the door you came in, and down the alley, around the Bar in effect. When busy, as invariably it always is, the covered side alleyway becomes a drinking Corridor full of local characters and knowledgeable beer tourists!!! Note: it can be very hard to get served when busy.

Has around 8 Handpumps / Beers, all in great condition (it has the Cask Marque). It serves; Camerons Strongarm Ruby Red, Greene King Abbot Ale, Marston’s Pedigree, Tetley Bitter, Adnam’s Bitter, Charles Wells Bombardier and Deuchars IPA, plus Guest beer. All from the smallest Pub in York!!

No Food, only Sandwiches, but these are great value and are made fresh daily. They are always a good mid-session “Ale-soaker” if you are feeling the effects.

The birthplace of York City Football Club in 1908, and recipient of more Awards than all of Hollywood put together, perhaps it will get its own Star on the Walk of Fame one day!

Open 11-11 all day, every day (crappy 12-10:30 hours on Sundays!).

A truly genuine completely unspoilt original Edwardian interior, that has to be seen to be believed, AND a choice of at least 6-8 great Cask beers.

What Roman Ruins???

Jan 04, 2003
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Dreyski from England

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Jun 30, 2018
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JohnfromDublin from Ireland

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in the centre of the historic city of York, this place does not seem particularly inviting from the outside. The exterior is of red-painted brick with a single large window with frosted glass and "Blue Bell" etched into it. I visited it in November 2009; I entered (walking across a well worn stone step) and went directly into the small front bar (immediately to the right). This was about the size of a small front room with an open fire to drive the cold winter away. There were 5 or 6 cask ales available, mostly from the Yorkshire district. I settled down with a pint of Landlord and started to relax.

There was a relaxed friendly atmosphere here; one that encourages the visitor to forget about the outside world!

There is another area towards the back (more of a "lounge") but I was perfectly happy in the front place.

Sep 02, 2010
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surfadelic23 from Florida

4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We made a delightful three night trip to York on our last holiday and this was one spot we liked so much we hit it twice. It IS rather small, but the very friendly locals made room for us at their table in the small front room and before we knew it two hours had passed as they just pulled us right in to the conversation. All ales were on form and served properly. My wife had the landlord, i tried the black sheep bitter, and a golden ale nicely hopped. Very nice place...I also highly recc. York as a real ale destination. There are more good pubs in the one square mile than one can hope to try, but we tried very hard!

Nov 12, 2008
Blue Bell in York, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 4 ratings