Ale - Old English ealu . From a
prehistoric Germanic word possibly meaning ‘intoxicating drink’.
Ales used to be brewed by the peasants for their own use. Safer than
the water of the time, it only lasted a few days before going off as it
was so low in alcohol (about 1.5%).
Built in the mid 1700s at the crossroads of two old coaching routes, the Blue Bell Inn is purportedly named after a local privateer's boat the Blue Bell. Legend has it that he was later caught and hanged for his piracy and is thought to be buried a few hundred yards away in the cemetery next to Halkyn Castle. How to find us.
"A shrine to real ale, wonderful!" - Simon Theakston
We are an independent, family run, award winning freehouse! We've been CAMRA Regional Pub & Cider Pub of the Year for North Wales, Cheshire & Merseyside, we're currently the local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015 and we were also listed as one of the Sunday Telegraph's Top Ten UK Country Pubs in 2008, 'The Best Pub' in 2009 and have been picked out as one of the Best Summer Walks for 2009 in the Sunday Times. We've even featured on ITV's Coast & Country and the BBC TV Derek & Jamie's Big Weekend along with numerous national and independent radio stations like Radio Deeside. Opening hours at the bottom of the page.
At 850 feet we are near the top of Halkyn Mountain with spectacular 70 mile views over the Dee & Mersey rivers, the distant Cumbrian mountains & Pennine hills. With an extensive events list we are enjoyed by walkers, riders, cyclists, folk & jazz musicians, game players and locals alike. Our award winning walks around this fabled land of Avalon can be found here and you can use our free wireless internet to stay in touch or post a letter to a friend in our Post Office® Local! Real fires in winter add to the warm welcome. Bring your Motorhome!
"More than a pub, it's an institution!" - Pete brown
We have it on good authority that beer is good for you. We've had over 1,000 different cask ales and ciders with our own local Welsh brewed Blue Bell Bitter always on with its stable-mate Dark Blue and other regularly changing real ales, ciders and perrys.
After a decade in the Good Beer Guide you'll find us on-line and also in the Good Cider Guide and we have a Cask Marque for quality, in fact we are one of the highest scoring cask marque pubs in the UK! We also have a good selection of great wines, superb single malt whiskies and other spirits, a large range of soft drinks, Organic Fairtrade Tea, Coffee & Chocolate.
The Blue Bell Inn is a no television, no jukebox, no swearing, traditional country pub with lots of good conversation, laughter, board and pub games and we have a great range of beers, ciders, wines, soft drinks, fairtrade tea's, coffees and chocolate all guaranteed to raise your spirits!
If you like walking but don't need the company then our award winning walk leaflet is for you.
Web links for maps to find us by car or public transport, travel and weather information or print a map here .
Children & Dogs - OK, but they must be well behaved, not free-ranging and with responsible adults! We like the old saying 'seen and not heard!'
Welsh water is available in plastic bottles for walkers & cyclists and we can provide a free refill too.
We have paper and glass recycling facilities here in the car park.
- WINTER WEATHER PLANNING - (Click for Weather/Traffic) The road is always clear here as we are lucky to have the gritting depot at the bottom of the mountain. PARKING: if you can park considerately please do use our car park if you can't park at home. PARCELS: if we're in (we usually are) have your parcels delivered here (from any agent) and come and get them during opening hours (or ring on 01352 780309 if it's urgent).
Local notices, community projects and services can be posted on the Halkyn notice board located in the car park
Particularly Suitable For:
FAMILIES, ADULTS, LONE TRAVELLERS [SAFE FOR FEMALES], DOGS, SENIOR CITIZENS , WALKERS, CYCLISTS, MUSICIANS Home made meals.
Facilities For Disabled:
Ask for assistance and we will be glad to provide it.
SPECIAL INTEREST Lots of walking, cycling, riding, etc. Masses of interests from the views, walking, riding, cycling, ornithology, geology, etc. Free guided weekly walks available every Thursday 2pm (2-3 miles), 7pm on Wednesday (2-3 miles) through the summer & every Saturday at 10:30am (2-3 miles) and every 3rd Saturday at 10:30am (6-7miles). We also have free self-guided walks available all year.
While we don't cook at the Blue Bell Inn, parties and outside events catered for. If you have special requirements please ask as we will try to accommodate most needs.
Mold, Flintshire's capital. Wide sandy beaches are just 10 minutes' drive, and the historic city of Chester's superb shopping and zoo, Snowdonia's vast range of activities and Bala's water sports are easily accessible. Local cycling on waymarked lanes. Superb horse riding & hiking.
Liverpool/Manchester 37.6 miles to Liverpool's John Lennon airport 46.6 to Manchester Airport
Public Transport Available:
Bus services between Holywell and Mold (Bus 126 - Text fliajgd to 84268 for bus times, check the bus stop for the code) provides connections to rail services in Flint (for London, Holyhead, Chester), Shotton (Chester & Liverpool) & Chester.
From nearest main road From the A55 West towards Conwy. Turn off at junction 32b and then take the next two left turns to the top of the mountain on the B5123. From the West, take J32 A55 on to the B5123 towards Rhosesmor, Pentre Halkyn & Halkyn and you will find us at the top on the right.
Ordnance Survey Map Reference:
320908E 370275N (N53:13:25 W3:11:10) O S Map Reference SJ209702 Landranger Grid
Distance To Nearest Town:
4.8 MILES The distance to Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold. Holywell is about the same distance too.
10 MILES Many beaches nearby. Talacre nature reserve and dunes are only 15 miles away.
Open all year, every day, Mon-Fri from 5pm, Sat/Sun & bank holidays from 12pm Food Sat lunch time for the walkers from 12pm to 2:30pm and Sunday lunch time from 12pm to 2pm.
Coaches & Motorhomes Accepted:
ALL COACHES & MINIBUSES BY APPOINTMENT (We can open early and specifically for you and provide food & drink to order) ALL COACHES & MINIBUSES Please call on 01352 780309 or email us and we will do our best to accommodate you. Motorhomes - we'll do our best to accommodate you, just call or come and check us out!
Some outdoor facilities Stunning 60+ mile views Outdoor seating Car Parking
Off & on road cycling on the mountain and the nearby millennium way adds to the variety of cycling routes.
Soaring Buzzards out rabbit hunting, fast Sparrow Hawks and Hobbies seeking out quarry on the wing, Pipits and Stonechat in the gorse bushes are among the many species present on the mountain
Clwyd Theatr Cymru five minutes away.
For the angler, there are six stillwater trout or coarse fisheries as well as sea fishing in the River Dee estuary.
Four golf courses close by.
Horse riding and trekking facilities nearby.
Enjoy a picnic on the mountain
Darts, Pool, Dominoes and lots of other entertaining games available.
Clay pigeon shooting a short walk away. Contact Phil or Sheila Howell on 01829 270458.
Several excellent swimming facilities close by in Mold, Holywell and Flint.
For the motorist, there are quiet country lanes linking unspoiled villages and with breathtaking scenery around every bend.
Pay phone available, mobile network coverage reasonable and we can top up your mobile phone too!
Open fires in winter add to the warm atmosphere.
Free banking with a debit card through our Post Office
Free guided walks every... Wednesday 7pm (summer only 2-3 miles) Thursday 2pm (2 - 3 miles) Saturday 10:30am (2 - 3 miles) 3rd Saturday in the month 10:30am (6-7 miles)
We have a free guide to Halkyn Mountain which we would be happy to let you have. We are building a series of our own walks here and we also have on sale walking books of the area.
Sorry we don't cook but we can arrange buffets and sandwiches in advance.
Theatre, golf, fishing, swimming & other sports, horse riding, cycling, driving, rambling & walking, the list is endless.
We have a variety of information on local amenities and activities.
Our car park provides parking for cars and coaches.
Sorry we don't cook but we can point you in the right direction!
Ample car parking provided at the rear.
Payphone at the bar with reasonable all network mobile coverage and we can top up your mobile phone too!.