The Blue Bell


53 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF

Tel: 01904 654904

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The Blue Bell


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 118 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!

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Opening Times

* Monday - Thursday: Noon - 11pm
Friday - Saturday: Noon - Midnight
Sunday: Noon - 10.30pm



  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Menus in audible format

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Cash accepted
  • Locally sourced produce
  • On-site light refreshments - Pork pies available
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

COVID-19 Response

  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Open now
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Queuing system
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Takeaway available

Leisure Facilities

  • Free WIFI

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property

Target Markets

  • Adult Exclusive


  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Tourism Awards Finalist York Tourism Awards Finalist 2016

Road Directions

Easily located on Fossgate – the home of York’s independent traders. Simply enter Fossgate from Pavement/Stonebow at the bottom of the Shambles and we are one door down from the top of the street on the right (look for our distinctive red bricks). Accessible by Public Transport: York Train Statiom station is 0.5 miles away.

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