Eat & Drink, Pubs & Bars, Vegetarian & Vegan, Al Fresco Dining in York

The Blue Bell

York's smallest and most beautiful pub - untouched since 1903.
Location: 53 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF
01904 654904 Call Us
The Blue Bell Front 303462540
Front table 1 441351278
Front room 965612631
Front room with regulars 422195945
Pump clips and bar 2 1214987028
Back 2 282053105
JP behind bar B W colour pint 1303757834
Back 4 2136933704
Bar 2132291824
Pies 1293727944
About Us

Established in 1798, The Blue Bell is York’s smallest and most beautiful pub. Last decorated in 1903 and retaining all of it’s Edwardian charm, a drink in The Blue Bell is a step back in time.

Our award-winning Master Cellarman takes great pride in the selection and quality of the seven cask ales always on offer*. From Blondes to Bitters and IPAs to Milds, there’s always a great pint waiting for you at The Blue Bell. If cask ale isn’t your thing we have a wonderful wine list, a great rum selection and posh soft drinks for the drivers.

House Rules (no swearing, groups or children allowed) have been in place for 120 years and due to our size we often have to turn folk away. Please don’t be offended! We’re a friendly bunch and genuinely do wish we could serve everyone. Our quieter times are during the week, especially in the early afternoons, where you’re much more likely to get a seat and a table.

We don’t have TVs, music, games machines or any other modern ‘attractions’ that could interrupt the enjoyment of your pint. As such we ask that all mobile phones are turned to silent and phone conversations take place outside the public rooms. If you want to play with your phone there’s every other pub in York for that: we’re just a proper pub for proper pub people.

For beer and pub lovers alike, no trip to York is complete without a pilgrimage to The Blue Bell. It's an acquired taste - and certainly not for everyone - but if you want to step back in time, behave yourself like an Edwardian gentleman and enjoy the best pint of cask conditioned real ale in York, this spot is for you.

*From our experience, once you get settled in and see the beers on offer, you may want to extend your stay with us. Please bear this in mind when booking meals, ghost tours, etc!

Opening Times

12 noon - 11pm every day

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