This pub is an ABSOLUTE GEM! I can't praise it enough!
I walked along Silver Street and passed the end of Market Place and on to Scale Lane, looking for this pub, missing the turning, but found the Ye Olde Black Boy pub on High Street (popped in and had a quick look and noted it for future reference as it had a number of rooms and a number of cask ales).
Doubled back and found Market Place (it was only signed from one direction). The Market Place resembled an ordinary street, not a place with a market, hence missing it the first time!
The Ye Old Blue Bell can be found down a narrow alleyway, behind Trinity Market and marked by a large blue bell on the market's front wall and signage over the entrance to the alleyway.
The pub itself is accessed off the left of the alley, either via the "beer garden"...I use the term loosely, as this consisted of an alley just wide enough to fit one picnic table in, and used, either officially or unofficially, as a smoking area. It ran across the length of the front of the pub. This doorway could be regarded as the main entrance. A second entrance, which I used, was off the main alleyway, and took me into the main bar. I was greeted by a jovial and welcoming barman, a lively atmosphere and a brilliant pint of Old Brewer Bitter at ?1.52.
THE MAIN BAR
The main bar was fairly large, well set out and full of customers. A large number of jugs hung over the main bar, a significant collection of bells adorned shelves and other available spaces, and over a dozen "time bells" where fixed to the back of the bar. The walls were decorated with numerous photos of Hull, Shipping and Hull FC.
The pub has retained a snug room. This was by far the quietest room in the pub, with just one customer sat drinking. This room was carpeted, with walls decorated with photos of bells and bell making.
This was a most basic room, although useful when the pub is busy. It is mainly a standing room with some stools, quite small, and able to accommodate perhaps ten or so people at the very most. The floor was tiles and the walls were wood panelled.
The lounge room was quite posh - in fact, I labelled it the "Posh Room" in my notes. It has a real open fire in a large fireplace/mantle/fire-surround. Again, this room was tastefully carpeted and the walls were adorned with photos of locals and Hull.
REAR DARTS ROOM
This was a lively room with basic fixtures and fittings, with darts being played. The gents toilets could be found off this room. The ladies toilets where located upstairs.
This was not an area I visited, as a sign indicated that the games room was currently being refurbished. I understood that this room would or does house a pool table.
This pubs was clean and well maintained, having been recently painted. Also, the fixtures and fittings were also kept clean, and this was noted in discussions with the landlady (even though she is a manager, she dealt with her customers as a landlady). The landlady was chatty, very pleasant and accommodating, as were her customers who helped to make me feel welcome.
The only downside to this pub was an unwanted customer, who was known for "acquiring" unwanted beer (and sometimes wanted beer). He remembled
I certainly will be going back to Samuel Smith's Ye Old Blue Bell in Hull!
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