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.
Open from 5pm weekdays (closed on Tuesday) and 12 noon Weekends and Bank Holidays. 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.
"A shrine to real ale, wonderful!" - Simon Theakston
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. 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.
Find us on-line and also in the Good Cider & Beer Guides 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.
Being as passionate about hot drinks as our other drinks, we've found a fantastic artisan coffee roaster in the Flaming Bean Roastery and they've produced a special coffee just for us. Blended from 100% arabica beans for that wow factor (none of those inferior robusta filler beans here), we've got a very special coffee for you and more exciting things in teh new year...
The Blue Bell Blend is made up of coffees from some of the finest coffee producing countries in the world, namely Brazil, Colombia and Kenya.
The hot and humid climate of Brazil is fundamental in making it one of the most ideal places for growing coffee. The beans used in our blend are hand harvested and dry processed to provide a distinctive full bodied rich flavour.
The second coffee comes from one of the main growing areas of Colombia, Bucaramanga. This coffee is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious of the Colombian coffees, famous for its mild flavour and balance. This coffee has earned its reputation as one of the favourite gourmet coffees available today.
The final coffee is produced by the Rumukia co-operative on the rich volcanic soil of Mount Kenya, at an altitude of between 1700 -1800 meters. The society's vision is to produce the best quality coffee using sustainable agricultural and processing practices, ensuring higher quality coffee in greater quantities. This will ensure better returns to the farmer for its sustainability and improvement of their livelihood. This gives the coffee a complex flavours berry and citrus sometimes alternating with spice.
When blended, the three coffees work together to complement and enhance the original flavours to provide a tasty satisfying cup!
Why do we use 100% Arabica beans? The Arabica/Robusta coffee bean debate is all about quality. Arabica coffee bean is considered by most as a much superior quality bean than the cheaper Robusta bean. Arabica has a well rounded, mild and pleasant aroma and accounts for approximately 70% of the world's coffee production.
Some coffee producers use the cheaper Robusta coffee beans to fill their blends and save money. No matter what percentage of Robusta coffee bean is used in a blend, an inferior quality coffee bean still affects the taste and quality of the coffee.
Our traditional singing night is probably the busiest and most fun night of the week and Roger Hampson is at the keyboards, every Friday night.
Roger starts off next week at about 9pm, has a break around 10pm before we start again and we finish at around midnight. You can sit and listen, join in from your seat or get up and take the microphone.
This isn't karaoke, this is for grown ups, just like we used to do it years ago, a really good old fashioned singing night!
There are 19 glorious tracks featuring a wide variety of folk, rhythm & blues music which you will, for the most part, recognise being played here on Thursday nights. Download a FREE special mix of all of the tracks (8.52Mb mp3 format) to play on your device from here.
This compilation of songs and tunes has been donated by the local singers, songwriters and musicians who, over the last few years have found a 'musical home' at the Blue Bell Inn.
Proceeds from the sale of this CD which costs £5.50 will be donated to Tŷ Gobaith.
Tŷ Gobaith provides specialist nursing care and support to life-limited children, young people and young adults from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.
Stop Press:Mad Ed's Hot Five are celebrating their 7th birthday here on Sunday 24th November. They'll be having some cake and you'll be eating it too!
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 EdLloyd-Hughes leading a stunning line-up of Roy Django Gregory(Modjango) on guitar & banjo, Stan BananasWilliams (YouTube) on trumpet & flugelhorn, Tom the DocRippeth 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!