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Blue Bell

53 Fossgate, YORK, YO1 9TF

Its slimline frontage is easy to miss, but don't walk past this charming pub - the smallest in York - which has been serving customers in the ancient heart of the city for 200 years. In 1903 it was given a typical Edwardian makeover, and since then almost nothing has changed - so the Grade II listed interior still includes varnished wall and ceiling panelling, cast-iron tiled fireplaces, and charming old settles. The layout is original too, with the taproom at the front and the snug down a long corridor at the rear, both with servery hatches. The only slight drawback is that the pub's size leaves no room for a kitchen, so don't expect anything more complicated than lunchtime sandwiches. However, there's a good selection of real ales: no fewer than seven are usually on tap, including rotating guests. The pub has won awards for its efforts in fund-raising.

Further information

Tel: 01904 654904
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Principal beers

Timothy Taylor Landlord, Bradfield Farmers Blonde, Roosters Yankee, Rudgate Ruby Mild, Kelham Island Best Bitter


All day all week
Mon-Thu 11-11 (Fri-Sat 11am-mdnt Sun 12-10.30)


Dog friendly.
No coach parties catered.

Payment information

Credit cards not accepted



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At top of Fossgate (near The Shambles)

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