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Cask Marque
For pubs which serve the perfect pint

The Blue Bell Inn gets tested every six months and we're in our tenth year. With so many top scores this makes us way up in the ranking as one of the top Cask Marque scoring pubs in the UK!


Cask Marque is an independent organisation that serves to promote cask ale. Cask Marque stands for:

  • Excellence in the service of cask ale.
  • Awarded to the licensee rather than to the pub.
  • Jointly funded by brewers and retailers.
  • Inspections made twice a year.

An update on the release below should show an unbroken record of Cask Marque awards and a total in early 2012 of Beer =766, Cider/Perry=143.


Press Release - October 2006


Drinkers at a Flintshire pub have good reason to celebrate after their local was judged to have faultless beer for the third year in succession.

The Blue Bell Inn in the village of Halkyn has received the Cask Marque, an independent quality stamp for traditional, hand pulled ale.

Each of the Blue Bell's four cask ales, including its trademark Blue Bell Bitter, received 100 per cent during an unannounced inspection by the local Cask Marque assessor.

Landlord Steve Marquis said: "We are thrilled with the result, which continues our unbroken run in Cask Marque assessments and sends out a clear message to customers about the quality of our beer."

"The award matters because it isn't just us saying how good our beer is. Cask Marque is independent and we never know exactly when the inspections will take place. It means every beer we serve has to be consistently good."

Steve purchased the Blue Bell in April 2003 and has made a real effort to improve retail standards in all areas of the business, including the cellar.

He said: "When I first took over the pub it had a poor reputation. The beer was bad, the cellar was dirty and so I quickly replaced all the equipment and set about making small improvements every day."

"There was no way I was going to call in Cask Marque until I was happy with the beer quality. To get full marks on our first inspection, and every inspection since, has been hugely rewarding and helped change the pub's reputation."

The range of ales at the Blue Bell has now increased from two to four. Blue Bell Bitter, brewed exclusively for the pub by Facers in Flintshire, is available all the time, while the remaining three ales are regularly rotated.

Steve said: "We have offered almost 300 different beers since I started at the Blue Bell. We promote details via our website and the extensive range has helped secure entry in the Good Beer Guide for the last three years."

"We have also been nominated for the 2006 Good Pub Guide and a national CAMRA award for Cider Pub of the Year."

Alongside great drink is also a selection of fine food. The Blue Bell serves meals daily using fresh, locally sourced produce, including meat from North Wales Buffalo on Halkyn Mountain.

Since its foundation in 1997, Cask Marque has inspected around 100,000 pints of beer and accredited nearly 4,000 of the country's 36,500 pubs estimated to serve one or more cask conditioned ales.

Assessors rigorously check the ales on sale at a particular pub for their temperature, appearance, aroma and taste and they award top performers the coveted Cask Marque plaque. It is valid for 12 months, after which the assessors return to carry out a fresh inspection.

Cask Marque director Paul Nunny said: "Steve and the team at the Blue Bell Inn should feel justifiably proud of this excellent achievement, which not only recognises the effort they put into serving the perfect pint but also acts as an independent guarantee of quality for customers."

"All too often, publicans don't appreciate the care and attention cask conditioned beers require and then run the risk of losing custom by serving pints that are below par."

The Blue Bell Inn, on Rhosesmor Road, was built in the mid 1700s and offers spectacular views over the Dee and Mersey rivers plus the distant Cumbrian mountains and Pennine hills.

For more information, plus details of menus and guest beers, visit www.bluebell.uk.eu.org.


For further information please contact Nick Trueman or Jo Mathers at Seal Communications on 0121 200 0780

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