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"This gem of a rural pub richly deserves all its awards. It’s welcoming and friendly, warm-hearted and deliciously comforting."
Adrian Tierney-Jones,Daily Telegraph
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"A real treasure – a proper rural pub at the heart of its community."
"Man walks into the Blue Bell Halkyn... and finds it very difficult to leave!"
CAMRA Community Pub of the Year 2013
Vale of Clwyd Branch


Built in the mid 1700s at the crossroads of two old coaching routes, the Blue Bell Inn is purportedly named after a local privateer's boat the Blue Bell. Legend has it that he was later caught and hanged for his piracy and is thought to be buried a few hundred yards away in the cemetery next to Halkyn Castle. How to find us.

We are an independent, family run, award winning freehouse! We've been CAMRA Regional Pub & Cider Pub of the Year for North Wales, Cheshire & Merseyside, we were also listed as one of the Sunday Telegraph's Top Ten UK Country Pubs in 2008, 'The Best Pub' in 2009 and have been picked out as one of the Best Summer Walks for 2009 in the Sunday Times.Opening hours at the bottom of the page.

"A shrine to real ale, wonderful!" - Simon Theakston

We sell the full range of Pipers crisps from non-salt and through all the flavours!At 850 feet we are near the top of Halkyn Mountain with spectacular 70 mile views over the Dee & Mersey rivers, the distant Cumbrian mountains & Pennine hills. With an extensive events list we are enjoyed by walkers, riders, cyclists, folk & jazz musicians, game players and locals alike. Our award winning walks around this fabled land of Avalon can be found here and you can use our free wireless internet to stay in touch or post a letter to a friend in our brand new Post Office®! Real fires in winter add to the warm welcome. Bring your Motorhome!

"More than a pub, it's an institution!" - Pete brown

We have it on good authority that beer is good for you. We've had over 1,000 different cask ales and ciders with our own local Welsh brewed Blue Bell Bitter always on with its stable-mate Dark Blue and other regularly changing real ales, ciders and perrys.

Click for Blue Bell Inn on Google+Click for Blue Bell Inn FacebookClick for Blue Bell Inn TwitterClick for Blue Bell Inn MyspaceClick for Blue Bell Inn FourSquareAfter a decade in the Good Beer Guide you'll find us on-line and also in the Good Cider Guide and we have a Cask Marque for quality, in fact we are one of the highest scoring cask marque pubs in the UK! We also have a good selection of great wines, superb single malt whiskies and other spirits, a large range of soft drinks,Teapigs tea,Cafe Direct Organic Fairtrade Coffee & Chocolate.


A decade in the Good Beer Guide! PDF Print E-mail

The Blue Bell Inn is in the Good Beer Guide 2015 Click the picture to buy your copy from Amazon (the cheapest I can find!)

The UK's best-selling beer and pub guide reaches the momentous 42nd edition and once again we are one of them - now for our 10th year running!

Packed with a listing of 4,500 of the best real ale pubs in the UK, as selected and reviewed by CAMRA members, and a unique 'Breweries Section' that details every real ale brewery operating in the UK.

The Good Beer Guide is completely independent. There are no entry fees for listings, and every pub is checked many times a year by discerning local CAMRA members.

Free Guided Walks, Three Times A Week! PDF Print E-mail

Our free guided walks are run here(can you run a walk?)by Troedio Clwyd Walks who, with their wonderful volunteer walk leaders guide us overfieldand mountain on different walks every week!

We had a fantastic a walking festival in July this year to celebrate 10 years of walking on Halkyn Mountain! Lots of new walkers joined us and now having thoughts on next year. Perhaps some weekend themes, a seasonal wildlife walk, geology walk, history walk, etc. Let us know what you think.

Fun Facts! Did you know that we've had well over 1,000 walking events at the Blue Bell Inn? If we multiply the number of walks by the number of walkers by the distance walked, on an average year we do over 10,000 miles a year! In fact we've walked the equivalent of more than twice around the planet since we started!

Don't forget our annual pilgrimage up on to the Moel-y-Gaer Hill Fort on Mid-Summer's Day each year, this year we meet here at 9:15pm for a 10:15pm sunset on the tops. So we've a date on Saturday 21st June at 9:15pm!

We have both regular weekly and monthly walks and also sneak in the occasional special walk too. Here they are:

  • 7pm every Wednesday evening April to Sept, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking taking in the sunset with John & Vicky.
  • 2pm every Thursday, 90 minutes of brisk walkingwith John & Vicky.
  • 10:30am every Saturday, two walks, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking with Jill & June or 4 to 5 miles of brisk walking John & Vicky all ably backed up by a multitude of other walk-leaders.
  • 10:30am every 3rd Saturday in the month, 6 to 7 miles ofleisurelywalking with Bob & Trish.
  • 1pm every 1st Saturday Nordic Walking, we'll provide sticks & a trained instructor!
  • 11am every 1st Sunday (from April to September) come for a 60min history walk and learn about your mountain!

If you can't make our free guided walks then how about using one of our free self-guided walks here? There's no excuse now as you can do one of these walks any time you like! If you want a bit more of a challenge why not try our new Treasure Trail?

You'll need appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather and to be prepared for a great time, lovely chat and good company, finishing off at the Blue Bell Inn for refreshment and a winter warm by the fire.

We've some good links to walking equipment suppliershere and some others to those that organise walkshere. Check out theWeather, Traffic and How to Find Us orContact/Find Us if you do decide to visit and we'll work out a route from you to us! Please follow thecountryside code.

Learners Conversational Welsh Classes every Monday at 7pm from 29th Sept 2014 PDF Print E-mail

ImageThe annual National Eisteddfod is perhaps the ultimate showcase for Welsh culture and we are doing our bit to help spread the Welsh word hereabouts. We've been holding conversational Welsh classes here at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn for a few years now and as we have had so many requests we thought we would start another beginners Welsh class with Deeside College. This course follows on from last year and if you've done a first year course (12 to 16 weeks of Welsh) then you should be OK.

Join the new continuation course Monday's 7pm-9pm from 29th September 2014.

A fun, conversational based course, suitable for those with a good grasp of the basics. We will check the level is suitable for you before you enroll. Having been going for a few of years now, our learners at the Blue Bell are no longer beginners! This is a foundation (Sylfaen) level course which means you have normally completed either Wlpan or Mynediad before progressing to the Foundation (Canol-Wlpan for an intensive course) level courses. However if you have some prior knowledge of Welsh this course could be suitable for you.

Coleg Cambria run Welsh classes at all levels throughout North East Wales, including beginners classes in Holywell, Mold and Deeside, as well as many continuation courses in the local area. Please ask for details of times, venues + levels.

Dewch! Mae'n hwyl! Come on! It's fun!

The course details are:

Code: LA06561 Llanllawen 3 Module 4
Start date: 29/09/2014
Venue: Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn
Day and time: Mon - 19.00 - 21.00
Fee: £22 + course book
No. of weeks: 10

Having been going for a few of years now, our learners at the Blue Bell are no longer beginners! However, the course would be suitable for you if you have a firm grasp of the basics, and are able to hold a simple conversation. If you need a beginners course, leave your name with Ness or Steve. Alternatively, there's more information on the Deeside College site here and you can phone the college to enrol on 0300 30 30 007.

Why not give it a go? Learning Welsh is great fun, and keeps the grey matter moving!

There seems to be quite a bit of discussion here about the various dialects of Welsh, South Walian, North Walian and then there are even variations between Caernarfon and Clwydian welsh to name a few. We are going to concentrate on colloquial Clwydian Welsh which is the local dialect, although we will discuss the variations between that and the others as the need arises.

The Red Dragon - Y Ddraig GochIf you can't make our courses and want to do one in your own time then try the SaySomethingInWelsh website, don't forget, we speak North Walian here - that's proper Welsh! ;o)

A Welsh-English dictionary smartphone app called Ap Geiriauron is available for iPhones and Androids it should help with our Welsh classes here every Monday evening. More on the story here.

We also do a FREE conversational Welsh evening for Welsh speakers (if you've had at least 3 years of learning) on Monday nights from 7pm until about 8:30pm to help those wish for a bit of practice outside the classroom.

Mad Ed's Hot Five every Sunday afternoon! - at 3pm(ish) PDF Print E-mail

Mad Eds Hot 5

There's Trad Jazz here every Sunday at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn at 3:30pm(ish), with the mellow sounds of Mad Ed's Hot Five who bring a great mix of humour with superb musicianship. Don't miss the Hot Five next week as they entertain both us and themselves with such verve and vigour that you'll get withdrawal symptoms if you do!


Mad Ed's hot Five are in full force most weeks with double bassist Mad Ed Lloyd-Hughes leading a stunning line-up of Roy Django Gregory (Modjango) on guitar & banjo, Stan BananasWilliams (YouTube) on trumpet & flugelhorn, Tom the Doc Rippeth on trombone & wagnerian horns and Dave Dixon playing clarinet and saxphonica (that's two of them!). You'll see from the pictures that they are ably supported by a range of fantastic subs who give us a lovely and varying mix of sounds.

All are welcome to enjoy the entertainment & our range of cask ales & real ciders and we hope you have fun joining in with Mad Ed's happy band of jazzers. Don't forget to look out for our new Jazz Links pages as they're growing all the time!

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