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.
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. Opening hours at the bottom of the page.
"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 or post a letter to a friend in our brand new Post Office ® ! 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.
This is our 250th different cider so we thought we would create a brand new exciting Calvados infused special 7.6%abv cider to celebrate.
DeeCiders is a new venture in cider down on Deeside, Flintshire, by two chums Scott Johnson & Warren Hughes and Scott's father Richard.
So what's in it? Its made up from apples on the Mostyn Estate which is an old 60+ year old orchard slowly being regenerated by DeeCiders, apples from Northop, Mostyn, Holywell garden orchards, Erddig Hall which has traditional heritage varieties and an orchard in Abergele which is a relatively new 60+ tree mixed variety unmaintained orchard which DeeCiders are currently restoring. Oh yes, and apples from last years Blue Bell Cider Pressing demonstrations. We then infused all that with some lovely Calvados apple brandy!
This is a dry, rich and warming cider and not to be taken lightly!
Our free guided walks are run here (can you run a walk?) by Troedio Clwyd Walks who, with their wonderful volunteer walk leaders guide us over field and mountain on different walks every week!
We had a fantastic a walking festival in July this year to celebrate 10 years of walking on Halkyn Mountain! Lots of new walkers joined us and now having thoughts on next year. Perhaps some weekend themes, a seasonal wildlife walk, geology walk, history walk, etc. Let us know what you think.
Fun Facts! Did you know that we've had well over 1,000 walking events at the Blue Bell Inn? If we multiply the number of walks by the number of walkers by the distance walked, on an average year we do over 10,000 miles a year! In fact we've walked the equivalent of more than twice around the planet since we started!
Don't forget our annual pilgrimage up on to the Moel-y-Gaer Hill Fort on Mid-Summer's Day each year, this year we meet here at 9:15pm for a 10:15pm sunset on the tops. So we've a date on Saturday 21st June at 9:15pm!
We have both regular weekly and monthly walks and also sneak in the occasional special walk too. Here they are:
7pm every Wednesday evening April to Sept, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking taking in the sunset with John & Vicky.
2pm every Thursday, 90 minutes of brisk walking with John & Vicky.
10:30am every Saturday, two walks, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking with Jill & June or 4 to 5 miles of brisk walking John & Vicky all ably backed up by a multitude of other walk-leaders.
10:30am every 3rd Saturday in the month, 6 to 7 miles of leisurely walking with Bob & Trish.
1pm every 1st SaturdayNordic Walking, we'll provide sticks & a trained instructor!
11am every 1st Sunday (from April to September) come for a 60min history walk and learn about your mountain!
If you can't make our free guided walks then how about using one of our free self-guided walks here? There's no excuse now as you can do one of these walks any time you like! If you want a bit more of a challenge why not try our new Treasure Trail?
You'll need appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather and to be prepared for a great time, lovely chat and good company, finishing off at the Blue Bell Inn for refreshment and a winter warm by the fire.
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!
We have an great set-up for acoustic music here on the second Thursday of the month with the band Wagon!
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!
Exciting stuff - Terry 'The Bear' Burgin launched his new album Bear Tracks here at the Blue Bell Inn in April with a fantastic Blues party! May bought the wonderful harmonies of Welcomme, Finnan & Chrimes.
The band Wagon - an informal collective, the core of which is Bill Malkin (guitar and vocals), John Sylvester (keyboards) and Dave Russell (bass, fiddle, banjo) but which also includes Chris Lee (bass, mandolin), Graham Bellinger (harmonica, guitar), Terry Burgin (guitar & Blues vocals) and other musical friends.
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!