The heart of the village

By Amy McGowan

Welcome back to The Blue Bell!

Having closed our doors back in March at the beginning of the pandemic, we have used this time to make some changes; retaining our historic charm, with an elegant, modern twist.

There is still the cosy, traditional atmosphere you’ve come to know and love, however, our new Garden room brings the outdoors in, so whether you are looking to enjoy a cask ale by the fire, or a crisp, cool Sauvignon in the sun, we’ve got you covered.

Ordering at the table through our contactless payment system is just one of the ways we are ensuring our venue is completely Covid secure.

We are extremely excited about the launch of Bella Pizza (coming early 2021!) bringing delicious, stone-baked Artisian pizzas to the village.

Enjoy a pint or two with friends, or choose from our fantastic wine and spirit selection.

We can’t wait to see you.


About The Blue Bell Inn

The Blue Bell’s history goes back an extremely long time ago. The first mention of the Blue Bell dates back to Thursday July 16th 1772 in an edition of The Stamford Mercury.

During the 1930’s, The Blue Bell was mainly used as a breakfast stop for the local quarry workers. However, the landlord at the time; a man named “Tinker Joe”, limited the quarry workers meals to only two pints. Despite being allowed only two pints, it is said that the quarry workers could make half a pint of beer last all night!

In 1835, pubs had restricted opening hours from the local authorities, so the opening times for the pubs would be from six in the morning til nine in the evening. However, on Sundays, Christmas Day, Good Fridays, and Feast Days, the times were limited to 6am-10am, 1-2pm and 5-8pm. This was done to prevent drunkenness during church services.



If the locals were drunk and disorderly in the street, a fine of 5 shillings would have to be paid. Heavier fines would be imposed on the landlords permitting drunkness on their premises. For the first offence, two pounds and 10 shillings would have to be paid. For the second offence, 5 pounds would be fined. Fights were expected to happen and were not the fault of the landlord.

Drunken brawls would occasionally happen on Friday and Saturday nights. One night due to fights, every window in the bell was smashed and sacks were nailed up to serve the customers over Sunday.

Our drinks menu

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Castillo del Moro Blanco 2019, Spain

Bright citrus on the nose, vibrant apple fruit flavours, and zesty grapefruit on the palate.

Pinot Grigio Tempo Passa 2019, Italy

A fresh, dry white with stone fruit, citrus, and light, spicy notes.

Sauvignon Blanc Taringi 2019, New Zealand

Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc bursting with tropical fruit.

Rioja Blanco Palacio de Camino 2019, Spain WHITE

Crisp and zesty, brimming with ripe yellow fruits and a dusting of almonds.

Chenin Blanc (Seriously Cool) 2019, South Africa

Aromas of stone fruit, white flowers, and a hint of honey. A seriously good wine!

Brookfield Chardonnay

False Bay Sauvignon

Castillo del Moro Tinto 2019

Fresh and elegant with characteristic aromas of cherry and red fruits typical of its style.

Merlot Seriti 2019, South Africa

Lush, ripe, and deep in hue with flavours of hedgerow fruits and a fine, gently leafy finish.

Shiraz/Cabernet Brookford 2019, Australia

Lots of berry and plum fruit with spicy notes on the nose, lingering oak flavours and soft tannins.

Rioja Tempranillo Palacio de Camino 2019, Spain RED

A mix of red and blackberry fruit, notes of spice and refreshing acidity

Malbec Sottano 2019, Argentina

Ripe red fruits, complexed by delicate chocolate and vanilla provided by the oak. Great structure and velvety, soft tannins.

Calusari Pinot Noir

Vibrant strawberry and cranberry aromas balanced by characteristically earthy Pinot Noir tones. Stunning value – this kind of quality would cost a whole lot more elsewhere in the world!

Shiraz Soldiers Block

Lunetta Prosecco

A deliciously light and fruity prosecco with hints of apple and peach

Lunetta Rose Prosecco

Red berry characters on the nose and palate make this soft and approachable in character

Prosecco by the glass

Guinness 4.1%

Guinness extra cold 4.1%

Orchard Thieves

Birra Morretti 4.6%

Carling extra cold 4%

San Miguel 5%

Fosters 4%

Doom Bar 4%

Timothy Taylor 4.3%


Black Country Bitter

Golden Glow


Ghangly Ghoul


Budweiser (5%)

330ml bottle

Newcastle Brown ale (4.7%)

550ml bottle

Holsten Pills (5%)

330ml bottle

Corona (4.5%)

330ml bottle

Brewdog Punk IPA (5.6%)

330ml bottle

Kopparberg Mixed Fruit (4%)

500ml bottle

Koppaberg Pear (4%)

500ml bottle


330ml can


Old Mout Berries and Cherries

Doom Bar


Old Mout Watermelon and Lime




Delightfully infused with cucumber and rose petal. Best paired with Fever-Tree Elderflower tonic

Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin

Rhubarb and orange with cinnamon for a long, sweet finish. Best served with Fever-Tree Ginger Ale

Warner Edwards Elderflower Gin

For a perfect G&T, serve our Elderflower Gin with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic water, garnish with a slice of lemon.

Warner Edwards Harrington Gin

Best served bold. Pair with Fever-Tree tonic water and a slice of orange, then close your eyes, feel the breeze and step outside.

Tanqueray London Gin

Just four botanicals. Serve with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic

Gordons Pink Gin

The refreshing taste of Gordon’s with the natural sweetness of raspberries and strawberries. Best served with Fever-tree tonic or lemonade for a sweeter finish.

Gordons London Dry Gin

The classic London dry gin. Garnish with lemon and Fever-tree tonic

Mango and Lime Whitely Neill

Malfy Pink Grapefruit


Absolut Vanilla

Absolut Watermelon


Raspberry vodka

Woods Old Navy Rum

Captain Morgans Spiced Rum

Captain Morgans Dark Rum

Kraken Rum

Bacardi White Rum




Tia Maria










Archers Peach




Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels Honey




Southern Comfort

Haig Club Whisky



Online ordering through our mobile, order and pay

The Blue Bell QR Code

Simply scan, browse our menu, order and pay. It really couldn’t be easier.


Table service

Please take a seat at your table, where you can order your drinks and food online. All you need to do is scan the QR code with your phone and the menus will open.

mobile order and pay

Scan, order and pay

Scan the QR Code on your phone, this will open the menus. Select your drinks/food and then you can pay for as you order there and then.

Keeping it local

We are incredibly proud to work with local suppliers to meticulously source wines with character and style, and ales that boast exuberance.

Amps Wine Merchants is a 4th generation independent wine merchant based in Oundle, where the shelves have been bursting with an exciting range of wines from around the world since 1901.
Oakham Ales is a multi-award winning brewery with a worldwide reputation for its innovative approach and for the quality and consistency of its brews. Oakham started brewing in Rutland back in 1993 and is now based in Peterborough.
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