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.
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!
The 93rd Minute are a wonderful contemporary folk group who sing/play a wide range of familiar songs for whom those with a penchant for joining in will find irresistible.
John Warburton also joins us to fill the evening with his great mix of traditional and original songs.
We'll add more information here as we develop it but we can say that, other than the big musical interest, the major interest of the group members is football, hence the name! 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 M&S (Malkin & Sylvester)!
M&S - or Malkin & Sylvester (rather than that large retailer) are an established duo playing beautifully laid back original music (think transatlantic folk/country soft-rock). M&S are Bill Malkin (guitar and vocals) and John Sylvester (keyboards) plus occasional guests like Phil Bradley (blues harp, vocals), and other musical friends.
M&S have launched many an album as M&S or in their other guise the band Wagon. We think you'll love the music and like many here, take up the opportunity to purchase your own album.
Please come along and join them for some wonderful folk, rhythm & blues and get the chance to buy a lovely CD!
There is no entry charge though there will be a raffle towards expenses for the chaps (Aber is a loong way!). Come and join us for an evening of first class entertainment.
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 at 3:30pm(ish) 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 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.