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Old Bell, Harrogate Central, Harrogate

6 Royal Parade
Phone: 01423507930

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Gill Smith left this review about Old Bell

Called in this 2019 Good Beer Guide bar and foud a decent selection of real ales available. Chose Good Chemistry Time Lapse which was fine.

On 12th August 2019 - rating: 7
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Old Boots left this review about Old Bell

Recently refurbished with a slight change to the name, furnishings and a reduced beer range mirroring changes to the Market Town Taverns as owners Okells refurbish the estate. All new staff, seven casks, almost non-existent bottled beer range compared to before and new furniture have made for changes that have been unpopular in some quarters. The removal of the "booths" (actually a couple of movable wooden screens) has caused the most comment. I found a level of table clearing that puts 'spoons to shame on a quiet early week evening with two of the world's less gifted barmen on duty. Beer quality has definitely declined a bit, and the atmosphere is not quite what it was either. The material relating to Bill Clinton's visit has gone too - sic transit gloria mundi indeed.

On 17th May 2017 - no rating submitted
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Old Bell Tavern

A typical Yorkshire welcome (gruff & to the point), this is a large 2 roomed building of character, nicely fitted out & with large windows to the street. Its almost too big, but has a nice feel. A list of many real ales, very well kept

On 9th November 2015 - rating: 8
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david hammill left this review about Old Bell Tavern

What has happened to what was a fine old pub? Called in
here earlier. Beers - mediocre and overpriced. My wife is a lager drinker - one draft lager available which was unkown and not cheap. No bottled lagers available. We left and went to wetherspoons for some decent beer and lager!

On 4th November 2015 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about Old Bell Tavern

This town centre pub opened in 1999 in a former restaurant premises which was built on the site of a 17th Century pub called the Bell Inn. One of two Market Town Tavern's pubs in Harrogate, this is very much their take on a traditional town centre boozer, providing an atmospheric and evocative environment to enjoy some well kept ale. The main bar sees the servery run down the rear right hand side, with a dark wood counter boasting some bold decorative features and a modest bar back which has given birth to a sprawling pump clip collection that also extends across the ceiling. The room is bare boarded with banquettes under the front windows and standard tables and chairs elsewhere, including some small booths down the left hand wall, each separated by a decorative wooden panel. Blackboards detailing food, old framed advertisements and large mirrors cover much of the wall space and there are some images of the original Bell Inn near the entrance, plus a beer board suspended above the servery. To the right is 'Farrah's Room' - a more recent extension which saw the pub expand into the neighbouring property, formerly the home of Farrah's Toffee shop. This room is also bare boarded, with bench and standard seating options under more drink advertisements and again separated by some smart partitioning screens. The star of the show in here is an original shop display unit from the toffee shop which hosts a fine collection of Farrah's memorabilia. There is also a dining room upstairs, but I didn't get round to checking this out.
The usual interesting MTT ale range thankfully applies here, with the options on this visit comprising Taylor Boltmaker, Black Jack Jabberwocky, Salamander Matter, Thwaites Porcelain, Hawkshead Windermere Pale, Black Sheep Resurrection, Okells Spring Rain, Theakston's Bitter and Roosters Azzaca. A cracking line-up and my pint of Jabberwocky was very drinkable.
This is a great little town centre venue that should appeal to a wide range of customers and doubtless does very well from passing trade. I enjoyed my time here and thought the ale range was worthy of a much longer visit than I could afford. Another top Harrogate pub to add to the 'revisit' list.

On 17th June 2015 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Old Bell Tavern

Really liked this well run pub, offering nine hand pulled ales. Our Roosters YPA was a real treat and not overpriced. The staff in here were friendly and chatty and the atmosphere was upbeat. I noticed that the end of the bar counter was made up from an old dresser, which was an unusual piece of furniture in itself. Maybe this item of furniture was used in the original shop.

On 29th May 2015 - rating: 9
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Quinno _ left this review about Old Bell Tavern

Run by the same bunch as Brigantes in York (Market Town Tavern). A two-roomed pub converted from a toffee (yes, toffee not coffee) shop. The bar is to the left with a general seating room to the right which houses a rather lovely feature - a large set of dark wood engraved shelves (previously used to store said toffee). Lots of dark wood and old turn-of-the-century advertising signs add to the traditional Edwardian style atmosphere they’re striving to create though as noted by Oldboots, it’s more of a European style bar than traditional British pub (the nearby Hales fills that latter description more than adequately though). A good selection of ales from eight pumps, my Roosters Azacca went down fine. Also an impressive range of craft keg and exotic bottled beers. Very tidy place with nice views of the historic town centre.

On 1st April 2015 - rating: 8
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ROB Camra left this review about Old Bell Tavern

Another two visits over the weekend and another meal upstairs. The Saltaire Stateside IPA & Roosters Last Stand were both on excellent form and I had several of each over the 2 days.

Called in twice over a recent weekend, once to eat in the excellent upstairs bistro again and once just for a couple of drinks. Every beer you have here is is top class condition. There's quite a few good pubs in Harrogate, but this may well be the best.

One of the small chain of pubs owned by Market Town Taverns, they were a no smoking chain even before the ban. I've never been in a poor pub owned by this chain and this is one of the best. Great range of ever changing guests, usually involving a Roosters. Bar food is good and there is a top class restaurant upstairs (recommended). This pub was extended into the adjacent shop and gets so packed on a Saturday it could do to extend again. The bar staff manage to deal with the waiting masses very well. It may take a few minutes to get served at busy times but you'll be served in turn. Don't miss it.

On 5th July 2013 - rating: 9
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Old Boots left this review about Old Bell Tavern

A super example of one of Market Town Tavern's bars, much like the others on the basics; excellent staff, wide range of superbly kept beers from local and European breweries, well chosen décor showing all round good taste with old brewery ads, and historic local pictures. A changing choice of 9 UK ales, 1 cider and 4 draught beers from Europe plus lots of lovely bottles. A few UK keg beers also available. The clientele is drawn largely from the middle classes and the over thirties, do remember this one is in Harrogate of course. Food a big seller but for limited periods each day, 12 – 2:30 and 6-7pm. No TV, music or under 18s. Well run place but just a bit souless, much more a European bar than a British pub in style. The premises used to be Farrah's Toffee Shop and President Bill Clinton used this pub once.

On 22nd October 2009 - no rating submitted
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Old Bell Tavern

This is a great pub, lots of wood panelling, massive range of beers detailed on the menu's left on each table, several foreign lagers and Addlestone's cider on tap.
Hundreds of beer mats on the ceiling are an interesting feature as are the photo's on the wall. Large windows at the front with a good view of the hotel.
Menu looks good, although we didn't try it ourselves. Lots of specials as well, predominantly fish.
Seem keen on kicking out though with lots of flashing of lights and ringing of bells at 10:50 (or even 10:20 on a Sunday).

On 30th June 2009 - rating: 7
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