Known as a proper pub for proper pub people, The Blue Bell is the smallest pub in York. The tiny pub sits on the busy street of Fossgate, and its Edwardian decor has been untouched and known as the oldest in the city. It’s a charming pub where you can feel the history and a nice quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The smallest public house in York is a Grade II listed building and dates back to 1798. The award-winning Master Cellerman takes great pride in his selection of seven cask ales on offer, including blondes, bitters IPAs and milds. You know you’re always going to be offered a decent pint in this pub.
The Blue Bell is York’s smallest and most beautiful pub that takes you back in time the moment you enter. It’s not lost any of its Edwardian Charm and feels cosy and warm like a pub should. They have a few house rules that they ask you to follow, which include no swearing, groups or children allowed. These rules have been in place for 118 years, so don’t take offence if asked.
Due to its size, you may get turned away, so be wary of what time you visit if you’re looking to visit the smallest pub in York. Quieter times in the week are during the week, usually when you’re much more likely to get a seat and a table.
In keeping with the old-fashioned vibe of the place, TV’s, music, and other things that might disturb the enjoyment of a good pint aren’t needed in this pub, which politely asks you to turn off your phones.
If you’d like to venture over to York and visit its smallest pub, then head over to the city centre and if you see us in there. Ours is an IPA – just saying.
The Blue Bell, 53 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF