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.
Open from 5pm weekdays (closed on Tuesday) and 12 noon Weekends and Bank Holidays. 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.
"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.
We are very pleased to be able report that after all this time (almost 3 years!) the Blue Bell Halkyn Post Office opened as a Post Office Local on Thursday 30th January 2014 at 11am.
The Blue Bell Inn's Post Office is unique in that it is the first in Wales that will provide daily services over a joint Post Office counter and bar (which will still see the usual beverages partaken after PO hours)!
Stop Press: We had our official opening by Rt Hon David Hanson MP at 2pm on Friday 7th March. We also had two special beers on too, one with Postie Paul and the other with the Post Office team who made it all happen for us.
We will be operating as a Post Office Local (services described on their website www.postoffice.co.uk). We will also be planning on selling a range of teapigs teas (currently 15 varieties), our own fresh ground 100% arabica artisan coffees from Flaming Bean and organic hot chocolate. We want to continue delivering our award-winning service so while we work through our learning curve, we will not be serving alcohol during weekday lunchtimes as we anticipate that these Post Office sessions will be the busiest, we'll review the practicalities of this over the coming weeks.
READ MORE for more information (opening hours, etc)...
Being as passionate about hot drinks as our other drinks, we've found a fantastic artisan coffee roaster in the Flaming Bean Roastery and they've produced a special coffee just for us. Blended from 100% arabica beans for that wow factor (none of those inferior robusta filler beans here), we've got a very special coffee for you and more exciting things in teh new year...
The Blue Bell Blend is made up of coffees from some of the finest coffee producing countries in the world, namely Brazil, Colombia and Kenya.
The hot and humid climate of Brazil is fundamental in making it one of the most ideal places for growing coffee. The beans used in our blend are hand harvested and dry processed to provide a distinctive full bodied rich flavour.
The second coffee comes from one of the main growing areas of Colombia, Bucaramanga. This coffee is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious of the Colombian coffees, famous for its mild flavour and balance. This coffee has earned its reputation as one of the favourite gourmet coffees available today.
The final coffee is produced by the Rumukia co-operative on the rich volcanic soil of Mount Kenya, at an altitude of between 1700 -1800 meters. The society's vision is to produce the best quality coffee using sustainable agricultural and processing practices, ensuring higher quality coffee in greater quantities. This will ensure better returns to the farmer for its sustainability and improvement of their livelihood. This gives the coffee a complex flavours berry and citrus sometimes alternating with spice.
When blended, the three coffees work together to complement and enhance the original flavours to provide a tasty satisfying cup!
Why do we use 100% Arabica beans? The Arabica/Robusta coffee bean debate is all about quality. Arabica coffee bean is considered by most as a much superior quality bean than the cheaper Robusta bean. Arabica has a well rounded, mild and pleasant aroma and accounts for approximately 70% of the world's coffee production.
Some coffee producers use the cheaper Robusta coffee beans to fill their blends and save money. No matter what percentage of Robusta coffee bean is used in a blend, an inferior quality coffee bean still affects the taste and quality of the coffee.
We thought we would join in the fun and spread the message with another lovely night and lots of atmosphere among the candles!
For the eighth year running (we took part with Sydney, Australia in 2007, 2008 and the UK caught up in 2009-14 - check out the video below) we're planning an evening together by candlelight enjoying ourselves over a glass or two of our wonderful real ales, ciders and fine wines. We'll be doing it again this year where you'll be very welcome to bring a candle, candelabra or any similar and safe form of light that doesn't need to be plugged in.
At 8.30pm on Saturday 31st March 2012 everyone is invited to turn off their lights for just one hour - Earth Hour - to show that it's possible to take action on global warming. We joined them in previous years with great success and now we are repeating the effort again, why don't you come and join us?
It's a simple action that can make the world of difference if everyone takes part, and it sends a powerful message that we care about the future of the planet.
But we need your to help make it happen. By coming down to the Blue Bell Inn, you'll be contributing twice over as we'll have our lights out as well as you. (maths was never our strong point)
Oh yes, don't worry about our beers, ciders and wines as they don't use electricity to get them into the glass!
Watch the video above and then click here for more information.
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!