England > North Yorkshire > York
Rune (404) Tromsø, Norway | August 1, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Indeed, a genuine, old-fashioned, British pub with preserved Edwardian interiors from the early 1900s. A little bar serving two small rooms and a side corridor. All six of us enjoyed being here, and all agreed upon top score for the ambiance of this historic, grade II listed pub. The waitress was friendly and informative telling us about the history of the pub, with the building established in the mid-18th century, and the pub from 1903. Seven well-kept cask ales and a limited bottled range of Belgian fruit beers. Tasty locally made pork pie. Background music from Hollies, Stones and Dusty Springfield. Just great! (Visited with Richard, Sigrun, Nina, Yassin and Inga Malene, 11.07.2014).
jorge76 (130) , Italy | July 17, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice little pub ,2 small rooms with the bar in the middle .. The lady behind the bar was very nice with us and the beers were on good condition .. The selection obviously it’s not large ..
LadyIpa (13) , England | August 21, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Beer is Ok
Beershine (738) The Sunshine State, Florida | July 30, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Now this is a local! Some of the best Craig to be had outside Ireland. The barmaid fixed us up with some drinking buddies and we made new friends. The landlord started sipping with us after last calls. Tiny place, must be the smallest in York. Don't come for the beer selection--this is not a ticker pub, but a real pub!
larsga (210) Oslo, Norway | July 24, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Fantastic-looking bar. Like someone’s 1930s living room turned into a pub, Has the usual public/private divide, with the bar/serving area in the middle. Very friendly service. Seems to be mostly a tourist’s bar, but still worth visiting. Good choice of cask ales, too.
Brugmansia (392) Jylland, Denmark | February 15, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Visited on 22/1-2013 on The Jorvik Trail.
A small cosy pub, a bit old fashioned, in a nice way. A short walk from the citycenter, but worth going for. The bar is in the middle of the pub, with a room / serving area on each side. Nice, lovely warm, fireplace, very friendly staff and beers from several breweries. Lovely to see all the CAMRA awards this pub got, they are shown on the wall by the fireplace :-)
Boudicca (694) London, England | May 27, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A great little pub – small, cosy and seemingly untouched by time.
The Blue Bell is tiny. It has two rather cramped rooms linked by a narrow drinking corridor, a quarry tiled floor and the walls all lined in dark wood with lots of books in evidence, including some well-thumbed dictionaries on the mantlepiece. It felt very comfortable and welcoming and the customers seemed quite erudite in what I think Americans would call an “alternative” way – sort of like middle aged hippies, but probably academics and other professionals.
There were about six cask beers on offer – nothing earth shatteringly different but good enough to make for a very pleasant stop.
(Visited 26 February 2012).
yanpilkington (15) , England | January 9, 2012
50 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
would only go in for the interior.
flyer50 (48) Seattle, Washington | June 6, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice cozy pub with great service and selection. Be sure to include this on you next visit to York.
BeerCast_Rich (14) Edinburgh, Scotland | February 2, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Classic old-style pub, easily missed as to the outside there’s just a large frosted window and a small door. Drinks are served through hatches, so you need to lean over - in the drinking corridor there’s an extremely old folding seat to help you out. The owner might seem a bit standoffish, but as long as you don’t descend in large numbers they are all very friendly (hence there’s usually a sign on the door saying ’PRIVATE PARTY’ - ignore it, that’s just to stop the crowds). Beer is Ok but not great, doesn’t really matter when you’re sitting inside the back room gazing around.
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