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18th April 2024

The History of The Blue Bell, York

Established in 1798 and retaining all of its Edwardian charm, a pint in The Blue Bell is a step back in time. From world wars to woodworm to pandemics, The Blue Bell has stood tall and survived, unchanged, against all the odds. But Why?

Using a stunning collection of original photographs, eye-witness accounts and recently-discovered historical artifacts, current tenant John Pybus delves into the fascinating story behind one of Britain’s most recognisable public houses.

Join John and multiple generations of the pub’s regulars as they take you on a journey from the pub’s humble beginnings all the way through to its current status as a national treasure.

Launched in May 2023 to great fanfare, this book is truly one of a kind. Not only is it a love letter to a beautiful little pub and the characters that have resided in it, but also a social history with lessons to be learnt for all our nation’s public houses.

Whilst Britain’s pubs are under threats never before encountered, The History of The Blue Bell is a reminder that once we lose our pubs, we lose a part of our shared cultural heritage, and how above all else, we must fight to keep them at the centre of our communities.

Press copies can be ordered free of charge by emailing or calling 07922267352.

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