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.
Bringing the sounds of New Orleans to the Blue with Street Style Trad Jazz, it's here every Sunday at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn from 3:30pm until 6pm with the fantastic sounds of Mad Ed's Hot Five who bring a great mix of humour with superb musicianship.
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, a fine vocalist Mr Dave Dixonclarinet playing francophone plus various saxphonica and Mr Mike Swift who we're still discovering what else he plays, so far: guitar, banjo, ukelele, harmonica and singing (with his voice). 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.
We're having a Cheese and Pickled night, lots of cheese, a great night, lovely atmosphere and good fun to kick off our October Cider Festival! Bring along a piece of cheese as your ticket to feast on many others, last time we had 30 different cheeses with - amazingly- only one duplicate. Our next is on Saturday 22nd April 2017!
Cheese Nights: We generally start at 8:30pm on a Saturday Night once a quarter to enjoy each other's company and of course, some cheese and pate. Bring along a piece of cheese, fruit cake, pate, pickle, etc, to add to all the others (our record is a little over 50 varieties of cheese) and you can enjoy them with your tipple of choice.
Be adventurous with your cheese / pate selection as there will be plenty to try if you don't like what you've bought with you. We will provide plenty of crackers, water biscuits, rice cakes and butter. We've also had folks bring in cake (cheese & fruit cake is lovely), home-made pate, cheese cake and other exotic fare to add to the fun.
Do check out famous Beer Writer of the Year Pete Brown and what he had to say about us here.
During previous nights we've enjoyed as many as 50 varieties of cheese, these were all washed down with real ales, ciders, perrys, wonderful wines and a good time was had by all.
Packed with multi-instrumentalists, the Helsby Mountain String Band (HMSB) & friends invite you to a night of fun with a bluegrass / country flavour.
Helsby Mountain String Band are taking a break until Sept
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.
The night starts with a set from HSMB then one from our specially invited guest and after that a second set from HSMB. It doesn't stop there, if you play then bring an instrument and join in our monthly session.
Come and join us for a night of musical fun at the Blue!
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.