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and on cask ale too for CAMRA* members
October Cider Festival Now On!
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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

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"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!"
CAMRA Community Pub of the Year 2013
Vale of Clwyd Branch


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

We sell the full range of Pipers crisps from non-salt and through all the flavours!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.

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,Teapigs tea,Cafe Direct Organic Fairtrade Coffee & Chocolate.


Ronstadt Generations visit the Blue - Monday 27th October 8pm PDF Print E-mail

We're quite excited as we've got a special treat for you, old friends the Ronstadt Generation are visiting again this year.  If you'vce not heard them you are in for an exeptional treat...

The Ronstadt Generations are sneaking in a night here at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn between gigs on the evening of Monday October 27th 2014 from 8pm and we're going to do something rather special with the main focus on them relaxing with friends / fellow musicians and having a bit of musical fun.

So, you are cordially invited to meet Michael Ronstadt (Linda's little brother) and the boys Mikie and Petie who would love to see you for a night of musical fun.

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Ronstadt Generations represents the multi-cultural roots America was founded upon. Dating back five generations in North America, Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie.

These three voices -- all multi-instrumentalists and solo artists in their own right -- bring to life a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking ahead into the 21st, with a rich innovation of original material alongside traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs.

Each comes with the highest credentials, having appeared around the world in performance and on recordings with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Muriel Anderson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and countless others.

Enjoy a fascinating musical journey with Ronstadt Generations, there's a bunch of great videos on their website here.

CORE! 7.6% PDF Print E-mail

altThis 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 here at the Blue!

Taste Notes [under construction]: cider profiles A blended dry cider finished with an infusion of calvados. This is a dry, rich and warming cider and not to be taken lightly!

  • Colour - Straw
  • Sweetness - 1
  • Acidity - 3
  • Tannin - 4
A decade in the Good Beer Guide! PDF Print E-mail

The Blue Bell Inn is in the Good Beer Guide 2015 Click the picture to buy your copy from Amazon (the cheapest I can find!)

The UK's best-selling beer and pub guide reaches the momentous 42nd edition and once again we are one of them - now for our 10th year running!

Packed with a listing of 4,500 of the best real ale pubs in the UK, as selected and reviewed by CAMRA members, and a unique 'Breweries Section' that details every real ale brewery operating in the UK.

The Good Beer Guide is completely independent. There are no entry fees for listings, and every pub is checked many times a year by discerning local CAMRA members.

Learners Conversational Welsh Classes every Monday at 7pm from 29th Sept 2014 PDF Print E-mail

ImageThe annual National Eisteddfod is perhaps the ultimate showcase for Welsh culture and we are doing our bit to help spread the Welsh word hereabouts. We've been holding conversational Welsh classes here at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn for a few years now and as we have had so many requests we thought we would start another beginners Welsh class with Deeside College. This course follows on from last year and if you've done a first year course (12 to 16 weeks of Welsh) then you should be OK.

Join the new continuation course Monday's 7pm-9pm from 29th September 2014.

A fun, conversational based course, suitable for those with a good grasp of the basics. We will check the level is suitable for you before you enroll. Having been going for a few of years now, our learners at the Blue Bell are no longer beginners! This is a foundation (Sylfaen) level course which means you have normally completed either Wlpan or Mynediad before progressing to the Foundation (Canol-Wlpan for an intensive course) level courses. However if you have some prior knowledge of Welsh this course could be suitable for you.

Coleg Cambria run Welsh classes at all levels throughout North East Wales, including beginners classes in Holywell, Mold and Deeside, as well as many continuation courses in the local area. Please ask for details of times, venues + levels. www.cambria.ac.uk

Dewch! Mae'n hwyl! Come on! It's fun!

The course details are:

Code: LA06561 Llanllawen 3 Module 4
Start date: 29/09/2014
Venue: Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn
Day and time: Mon - 19.00 - 21.00
Fee: £22 + course book
No. of weeks: 10

Having been going for a few of years now, our learners at the Blue Bell are no longer beginners! However, the course would be suitable for you if you have a firm grasp of the basics, and are able to hold a simple conversation. If you need a beginners course, leave your name with Ness or Steve. Alternatively, there's more information on the Deeside College site here and you can phone the college to enrol on 0300 30 30 007.

Why not give it a go? Learning Welsh is great fun, and keeps the grey matter moving!

There seems to be quite a bit of discussion here about the various dialects of Welsh, South Walian, North Walian and then there are even variations between Caernarfon and Clwydian welsh to name a few. We are going to concentrate on colloquial Clwydian Welsh which is the local dialect, although we will discuss the variations between that and the others as the need arises.

The Red Dragon - Y Ddraig GochIf you can't make our courses and want to do one in your own time then try the SaySomethingInWelsh website, don't forget, we speak North Walian here - that's proper Welsh! ;o)

A Welsh-English dictionary smartphone app called Ap Geiriauron is available for iPhones and Androids it should help with our Welsh classes here every Monday evening. More on the story here.

We also do a FREE conversational Welsh evening for Welsh speakers (if you've had at least 3 years of learning) on Monday nights from 7pm until about 8:30pm to help those wish for a bit of practice outside the classroom.

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