It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, most men are disguised by sobriety. ~Thomas de Quincy, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, 1856
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.
"A shrine to real ale, wonderful!" - Simon Theakston
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're currently the local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015 and 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. We've even featured on ITV's Coast & Country and the BBC TV Derek & Jamie's Big Weekend along with numerous national and independent radio stations like Radio Deeside. Opening hours at the bottom of the page.
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 Post Office® Local! 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.
After 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, Organic Fairtrade Tea, Coffee & Chocolate.
There's Trad Jazz here every Sunday at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn at 3:30pm(ish), with the fantastic sounds of Mad Ed's Hot Five who bring a great mix of humour with superb musicianship.
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Mad Ed's hot Five are in full force most weeks with double bassist EdwardLloyd-Hughes leading a stunning line-up of Mr Roger Higham on trumpet, Tom the ProfRippethon trombone & wagnerian horns and Mr Dave Dixonplaying clarinet and various saxphonica. 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.
Packed with multi-instrumentalists, the Helsby Mountain String Band & friends invite you to a night of fun with a bluegrass / country flavour.
Musical influences include: Doc Watson, Bob Dylan, Bill Monroe, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Johnny Cash, Foggy Mountain Boys, Paul Simon, Tom Paxton, Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival, amongst others. Some members also write original material.
We'll meet on the second Friday each month at 9pm where you'll find many popular songs to join in the singing with, or to just sit back and enjoy. We’ll also have guest spots for local musicians. Come and join us for a night of musical fun at the Blue!
We have an great set-up for acoustic music here on the second Thursday of the month with the band Wagon! .
The band Wagon - an informal collective, the core of which is Bill Malkin (guitar and vocals) and John Sylvester (keyboards) but which also includes Paul Reaney (guitar and vocals), Phil Bradley (blues harp, vocals), Dave Russell (bass, fiddle, banjo and vocals), Chris Lee (bass, mandolin and vocals), Graham Bellinger (harmonica, guitar and vocals), Terry Burgin (guitar & blues vocals) and other musical friends.
Come and hear the fantastic new album from the band Wagon called Sleeper. You'll love the new tracks and have the opportunity to hear them and purchase your own copy!
Please come along and join them for some wonderful folk, rhythm & blues and get the chance to buy the new CD!
The band Wagon's previous album called 'Those Glory Days' which was launched here at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn and is full of lovely acoustic folkish music. Expect to hear some more of the new album this month! We usually have copies of the band Wagon's music for purchase behind the bar if you are looking for a great present for yourself or others!
Blukulele is a monthly acoustic ukulele sing-a-long and performance night that we co-host at Uke Planet on every first Friday of the month (Blue… Ukulele… Blukulele!).
Blukulele is an evening of ukulele music, singing, excellent real ales and ciders and an all round cracking night out. We generally have a ukulele sing-a-long of some favourite tunes and then take turns to perform solos or duets or just relax watching others do all the hard work. Anyone and everyone is very welcome whether you want to sing along, bring a uke and join in playing, perform a few solo numbers or just have a pint or two and enjoy the show. Sometimes we even invite a special ukulele guest to come and join us and wow us with a performance.