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We've got 4 pint jugs to take away real ale and cider!
Come up to the top of Halkyn Mountain and join us as we drink in the atmosphere of the house of ale repute
CAMRA Vale of Clwyd 2017 Branch Cider Pub of the Year
20p per pint discount on cider for card carrying WPCS members
and on cask ale too for CAMRA members
The multi-award winning Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn.
The 93rd Minute and John Warburton- 3rd Fri each month 8pm PDF Print E-mail
News - Music News

The 93rd Minute

The 93rd Minute are a wonderful contemporary folk group whoalt sing/play a wide range of familiar songs for whom those with a penchant for joining in will find irresistible.

John WarburtonJohn Warburton also joins us to fill the evening with his great mix of traditional and original songs.

We'll add more information here as we develop it but we can say that, other than the big musical interest, the major interest of the group members is football, hence the name! Come and join us for a night of musical fun at the Blue!

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Redbreast Sherry Finish (E) PDF Print E-mail
Reviews Whisky - Whisky - on now

altMidleton Pot Still Irish Whiskey is a style of whiskey which is unique to Ireland in general and to the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, in particular. It is regarded as the quintessential style of Irish whiskey.

MidletonMade from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, which is then triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills, Pot Still Irish Whiskeys are characterised by full, complex flavours and a wonderful, creamy mouthfeel. The inclusion of unmalted barley to the mashbill, along with the tradition of triple distillation, defines the character of Pot Still and this uniquely Irish approach to whiskey distillation.

Single Pot Still Whiskeys (whiskeys originating from a single distillery - like the Scottish single malt) were once the norm in Ireland and from the late 18th century to the early 20th century, Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey was the most sought after whiskey style in the world.

Indeed, by the turn of the 20th century, more Pot Still whiskey was exported from Ireland than any other whiskey style from any other country. However, a number of unfortunate coincidences led to the demise of full flavoured Pot Still Irish Whiskeys and to the rise of the lighter, more accessible, blended whiskeys which combined lighter grain whiskeys with the fuller flavoured Pot Still whiskeys or Malt whiskeys.

Redbreast Mano a Lámh, the first expression in the Redbreast range to be matured solely in ex-oloroso sherry butts. This special whiskey is the latest release from the Midleton Distillery as it aims to satisfy the increasing global demand for new and original Single Pot Still Irish whiskeys.

Mano a Lámh, meaning ‘hand in hand’ in Spanish and Gaelic respectively, represents the relationship and passion between the Midleton Distillery and the collective of artisans in Spain, which has crafted the distillery’s sherry butts for more than 20 years.

Specially commissioned for the Midleton Distillery, oak is felled in the forests of Galicia, north-west Spain, and then crafted and seasoned by some of the country’s most prestigious family businesses. The Antonio Páez Lobato Bodega in the South crafts the oak into casks, which are then seasoned with Oloroso sherry for two years at the prestigious Páez Morilla Bodega in the nearby sherry capital of the world, Jerez.

The freshly seasoned sherry butts are then shipped promptly, during the cooler winter months, to the Midleton Distillery where they are then filled with new make pot still whiskeys.

Redbreast Mano a Lámh luxuriates in this signature sherry style by bringing together whiskeys which have been matured exclusively in first fill Spanish oloroso sherry casks, imparting distinct, rich, fruity flavours and a full body.

Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, said: “Redbreast Mano a Lámh celebrates our longstanding relationship with the family of artisans in Spain who craft our sherry butts, which are so synonymous with the signature style of Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish whiskey. It was an exciting challenge as a Master Blender to work on this project; having to ensure that the right balance was achieved and the sherry contribution did not over power in the final taste. For me, Redbreast Mano a Lámh offers a distinctive, rich whiskey with intense flavours of dried fruit, which gives way to the perfection of the Spanish oak.

Limited to just 2,000 bottles, Redbreast Mano a Lámh is non-chill filtered at 46% ABV

Nose: Very deep dried fruit notes, raisins and sultanas with the more earthy tones of figs, dates and prunes. The sweetness is from the fruit and balances perfectly with pot still spices such as dill and black pepper, and the contribution of the toasted Spanish oak.

Taste: Silky smooth and deceptively sweet. Full of rich ripe dark fruit with the leisurely emergence of the signature spices.

Finish:The rich fruit slowly gives way to the perfections of the Spanish oak.

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Cider/Perry Count =300 !!! PDF Print E-mail
Reviews Cider - Real Ciders & Perrys On Now

WPCS Badge Cider/Perry Count=300, which is a figure we're quite proud of :)

We've made a special to celebrate our 300th different cider!

Interestingly we've had Beer Count + Cider Count = around 1,400 different real draught drinks!What was the 1,000th drink, a cider, perry or beer? Answer - Hobnobber from Thwaites!

 
Free Guided Walks, Three Times A Week! PDF Print E-mail
News - Walking News

Our free guided walks are run here (can you run a walk?) by Troedio Clwyd Walks who, with their wonderful volunteer walk leaders guide us overfieldand mountain on different walks every week!

We had a fantastic a walking festival in July last year to celebrate 10 years of walking on Halkyn Mountain! Lots of new walkers joined us and now having thoughts on this year. We've had Halkyn Heritage Week with walks, reenactments, films, archaeology, lime kilns, geology, myths & legends. Next one is Halkyn Walking Festival from Wed 1st July to Tuesday 7th, lots more walks to come!

Fun Facts! Did you know that we've had well over 1,000 walking events at the Blue Bell Inn? If we multiply the number of walks by the number of walkers by the distance walked, on an average year we do over 10,000 miles a year! In fact we've walked the equivalent of more than twice around the planet since we started!

Don't forget our annual pilgrimage up on to the Moel-y-Gaer Hill Fort on Mid-Summer's Day each year, this year we meet here at 9:15pm for a 10:15pm sunset on the tops. So we've a date on Saturday 21st June at 9:15pm!

We have both regular weekly and monthly walks and also sneak in the occasional special walk too. Here they are:

  • 7pm every Wednesday evening April to Sept, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking taking in the sunset with John & Vicky.
  • 2pm every Thursday, 90 minutes of brisk walking with John & Vicky.
  • 10:30am every Saturday, two walks, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking with Jill & June or 4 to 5 miles of brisk walking John & Vicky all ably backed up by a multitude of other walk-leaders.
  • 10:30am every 3rd Saturday in the month, 6 to 7 miles of leisurely walking with Bob & Trish.
  • 1pm every Saturday Nordic Walking, we'll provide the loan of poles & a trained instructor!
  • 11am every 1st Sunday (from April to September) come for a 60min history walk and learn about your mountain!

If you can't make our free guided walks then how about using one of our free self-guided walks here? There's no excuse now as you can do one of these walks any time you like! If you want a bit more of a challenge why not try our new Treasure Trail?

You'll need appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather and to be prepared for a great time, lovely chat and good company, finishing off at the Blue Bell Inn for refreshment and a winter warm by the fire.

We've some good links to walking equipment suppliershere and some others to those that organise walkshere. Check out theWeather, Traffic and How to Find Us orContact/Find Us if you do decide to visit and we'll work out a route from you to us! Please follow thecountryside code.

 
PO - What we do... PDF Print E-mail
Post Office - Post Office Services

POPostal Services / Mails

- all Royal Mail® (up to 30kg)

- Parcelforce® UK

Free Personal Banking - come and check what you can do with your debit card – more being added all the time!

- Any bank – withdrawals

- Many banks – balance inquiry

- Some banks – deposits

Free Business Banking

- E.g. Santander (all services)

Post Office® Card Accounts

Pay your Bills

- Utility bills, rates bills, etc

- Gas card top-up

- Electricity key

Travel Money

- Buy & sell your travel currency

E Top Ups

Postal Orders

Moneygram

- Send cash around the world quickly & safely

Health Lottery

 
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