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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."
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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
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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 FourSquareFind 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 teaCafe Direct Organic Fairtrade Coffee & Chocolate.

 

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Mad Ed's Hot Five every Sunday afternoon! - at 3pm(ish) PDF Print E-mail

Mad Eds Hot 5

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 Ed Lloyd-Hughes leading a stunning line-up of Roy Django Gregory (Modjango) on guitar & banjo, Stan BananasWilliams (YouTube) on trumpet & flugelhorn, Tom the Doc Rippeth 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!

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Cheese & Pickled Night - 8:30pm Saturday 19th July 2014! PDF Print E-mail

The more variety of cheese the better!Camra's Cider SiteWe're having a Cheese and Pickled night, lots of cheese, a great night, lovely atmosphere and good fun! Bring along a piece of cheese as your ticket to feast on many others.  Our next is on Saturday 19th July 2014!

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.


Any cheeses you like - cow, sheep, goats, etcDuring 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.

 

 
Free Guided Walks, Three Times A Week! - Walking Festival July 2014 PDF Print E-mail

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!

Stop Press: We're having a walking festival this year to celebrate 10 years of walking on Halkyn Mountain!  The festival will take place between Monday July 14th and Sunday July 20th.  More details here.

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 Saturday Nordic 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.

We've some good links to walking equipment suppliers here and some others to those that organise walks here. Check out the Weather, Traffic and How to Find Us or Contact/Find Us if you do decide to visit and we'll work out a route from you to us! Please follow the countryside code.

 
Blues, Rags & Hollers...1st Thursday monthly at 8:30pm PDF Print E-mail

Blues Rags & Hollers

A new flavour to Thursday music - We have stunning acoustic and unplugged blues music here on the first Thursday of the month with Graham Bellinger, Terry 'The Bear' Burgin and friends.

Graham, Terry and friends will bring you a selection of Blues in the style of that 1960s American country blues trio Koerner, Ray and Glover, this night gets its name from their classic first album "Blues, Rags & Hollers."  Like them we'll be approaching their traditional material with a mixture of reverence and fun!

There is no entry charge although there will be a raffle towards expenses for the chaps. Come and join us for an evening of first class entertainment.

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