Wine is the most civilized thing in the world. - Ernest Hemingway

Sunday Papers Club - We have to pick up our papers for Sundays and we could pick up yours too!

Would you be interested in getting your Sunday papers from here at 12 noon?

Let us know at the bar or email and we'll explain the plan.

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Come up to the top of Halkyn Mountain and join us as we drink in the atmosphere of the house of ale repute
CAMRA Vale of Clwyd Branch Pub of the Year 2015
20p per pint discount on cider for card carrying WPCS members
and on cask ale too for CAMRA members
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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

"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!"

Pub of the Year 2015
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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.

"Old-fashioned charm: The Blue Bell Inn!" - Adrian Tierney-Jones

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.

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, Organic Fairtrade Tea, Coffee & Chocolate.

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Blukulele Nights with Uke Planet! PDF Print E-mail

Blukulele is a monthly acoustic ukulele sing-a-long and performance night

Blukulele is a monthly acoustic ukulele sing-a-long altand 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.

Full details available on the ukeplanet website

Click for Blue Bell Inn Facebook Above all the emphasis is on fun, it’s a night for everyone of every level (and indeed non-uke players too!) and if you want to have practice before you join us, take a look the ever expanding Blukulele Songbook… the starting point for every night!

Blukulele is on every first Friday of the month. Check out the Blukulele news posts to see when the next one is imminent and indeed look through the archive of events on Uke Planet we’ve had so far.

Mad Ed's Hot Five - trad 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 fantastic sounds of Mad Ed's Hot Five who bring a great mix of humour with superb musicianship.

News from Ed...

Mad Ed's hot Five are in full force most weeks with double bassist Edward Lloyd-Hughes leading a stunning line-up of Mr Roger Higham on trumpet, Tom the Prof Rippeth on trombone & wagnerian horns and Mr Dave Dixon playing 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.

Helsby Mountain String Band & Friends 2nd Fri each month PDF Print E-mail

Halsby Mountain String Band

Packed with multi-instrumentalists, the Helsby Mountain String Band & friendsalt 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!

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Blues, Rags & Hollers...1st Thursday monthly at 8:30pm PDF Print E-mail

Blues Rags & Hollers

We have stunning acoustic and unplugged blues music here on the first Thursday of the month with Graham Bellinger, Terry 'The Bear' Burgin and friends.

Graham, Terry and friends will bring you a selection of Blues in the style of that 1960s American country blues trio Koerner, Ray and Glover, this night gets its name from their classic first album "Blues, Rags & Hollers."  Like them we'll be approaching their traditional material with a mixture of reverence and fun!

There is no entry charge although there will be a raffle towards expenses for the chaps. Come and join us for an evening of first class entertainment.

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