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Ring O' Bells, Kendal

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
37 Kirkland
Phone: 01539720326

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Brainy Pool left this review about Ring O' Bells

good pub only half-ruined by a sweary reactionary nobhead of a landlord this time. it's a bit worse for wear and the pub sign now just reads 'O'Bells'. inside it doesn't appear to have changed for about 50 years, which is mostly a good thing but it could use a spruce up in places. three real ales and one real cider available on both sides of the bar. Wainwrights, something from Coniston and a black ale from an obscure brewery i've forgotten. easily worth a visit as a fine example of an old school proper pub.

On 7th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about Ring O' Bells

An A-board outside was declaring the presence on the bar of "the best mild in the world"! Tempted and intrigued, I entered the pub and lifted the sneck of the public bar door with trembling hand, but it turned out to be Thwaites Nutty Black: admittedly a good mild and one of my favourites, but I'm afraid I would have to disagree with the judges at the World Beer Awards about this one.

The Ring O'Bells ought to be a haven of peace, situated next to the parish church and close to the river, but externally there's Kendal's race track of a one-way system and internally some very loud and annoying modern pop music to contend with. Having purchased my half of the best mild the world has to offer (the other beers were Thwaites Wainwright and Hawkshead Bitter), I gave up the unequal struggle and went and sat in the Bell Ringers Snug, or what others might erroneously think of as the passage leading to the lounge bar and the toilets. Both the snug and the even smaller entrance hall have serving hatches in them, the latter presumably for off sales in the past. It was pleasantly quiet in the snug, which has room for about four people at the most, with scarcely room for a game of dominoes, never mind swinging a cat. I liked it here, but would have given the pub a 9 rather than my slightly stingy 7 if the radio had been turned off.

On 1st July 2013 - rating: 7
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Graham Coombs left this review about Ring O' Bells

Unspoilt historic pub in quiet end of town. Two rooms either side of bar, with a little snug between, and a dining room at rear, which all feel nicely aged. A couple of good ales on and sometimes listed in Good Beer Guide. A step into the past.

On 31st August 2011 - rating: 8
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