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“'Slaughtered Lamb', but in York.” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Blue Bell

The Blue Bell
Ranked #1 of 50 Nightlife in York
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Owner description: The Blue Bell is York's only Grade II* Listed Edwardian Public House. The first pint was pulled in 1798 and it's interior has remained untouched since 1903, allowing you to step back in time and experience a piece of living history first hand. Famous for it's wide selection of cask ales, pork pies, friendly service and lovely atmosphere, The Blue Bell is also York CAMRA's Pub of The Season for Winter 2016/17 and is listed in the Good Beer Guide as well as numerous publications regarding classic pub interiors. There are no TVs, music or games machines and although there is free WiFi, don't be expecting any mod cons or gimmicks. The Blue Bell is also York's smallest Public House and as such has extremely strict policies of no groups, swearing, Hen or Stag parties, mobile phones or Under 18s. At busy times you may not get into the pub - midweek afternoons are usually the quietest times if you would like to sit down. A warm welcome awaits you at The Blue Bell - but only if you follow the rules and do your part to create a warm, relaxed and (some would say old-fashioned) atmosphere of respect and friendship. It's a proper pub, for proper pub people...
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“'Slaughtered Lamb', but in York.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013 via mobile

Have you seen the film 'American Werewolf in London'?. No?
Watch the film and you'll understand why this is a pub to avoid.

Visited December 2012
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“Friendly staff, real ale, what could be better?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

We visit the Blue Bell most times that we are in York: it's a fabulous little pub with a good selection of excellent real ale (we enjoyed the Silver King last time) and very good sandwiches at lunchtime. We had ham on brown with pickles and mustard, delicious very fresh bread and sandwiches generously filled with tasty ham. The pub is tiny, please don't even try to fit in if there is a large group of you. Even as a couple you may have wait for a table or squeeze on the end of someone else's. This can be viewed as a bonus as it's a friendly place and you can enjoy a chat with your neighbours - a mix of locals and visitors. We have been to this pub many times and have never found the landlord, and the bar staff, anything but welcoming and friendly.

Visited June 2013
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“Awful landlord”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

I own numerous bars in the Northeast of England and was told this was a good pub for a decent pint of local ale. I was with a group of 3 and we weren't even aloud in the door. The idiot of a landlord insisted we weren't aloud in due to us wearing suits! He is clearly in need of psychiatric help. York is an ancient city of England and is dependant on tourism. I would avoid this place at all costs. There are so many excellent ale pubs in York. The landlord is basically a c@#t!!!!!

Visited June 2013
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“The Real Thing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

We stumbled upon this lovely cosy old pub in Fossgate on our way to dinner and had a couple of pints of Bradfield Farmers bitter as an aperitif! Wonderful old fashioned two room pub with no room to swing a cat! Well cared for cask ales served with friendliness and charm. A must visit if in York.

Visited May 2013
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“Great Edwardian pub, York”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

This is a fantastic old pub, very authentic and cozy. Good selection of real ales on Fossgate. A few years ago they served spanish breakfasts that were the best. They have had a change of landlord since then but I can still tatse those quail eggs, potatoe bravas, bacon and fresh tomatoe bread. Wow! Washed down with a pint of Titanic stout. I have visited York every February for many years attending the viking festival and always pop in to this pub a real favourite.

Visited February 2013
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