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Bell, St Johns, Worcester

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
35 St. Johns
Phone: 01905424570

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Old Boots left this review about Bell

An old multiroom pub badged as M&B but selling a mix of national casks - London Pride and Doombore plus locals from Teme Valley and Hobsons as well as the usual tap stuff. The building is interesting with a mix of fake and genuine oldness as well as the glass walled snugs off the other side of the central corridor to the public bar. Furnished traditionally with bench seating and Britannia and other cast iron based tables. Busy and noisy from the jukebox of a Friday evening it benefits from a couple of big tellys in the public, BBC News on one, Racing UK on the other. Not a bad locals pub although the service wasn't up to scratch the beer quality was fine, GBG listed.

On 18th June 2016 - no rating submitted
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Malden man left this review about Bell

This place was incredibly busy early on a Friday evening, the main room with the bar being rammed and with fairly loud music blaring out. A side corridor has two small snug like rooms rather like a grandma's parlour off it and thankfully one of these offered me some respite from the business in the main room. A fireplace was complete with a fireguard, a framed jigsaw depicts an orgy (!), in the bar, competing with music there was 20-20 blast cricket on, enthusiastically followed. Décor included a framed cover of The People newspaper commemorating England's World Cup victory over Germany, as well as some local scenes. Several tables are fashioned from old Singer sewing machines. A further room at the back seemed to be unused, there was also a skittle alley off the back yard.
Beers were London Pride, Thwaites Wainwright, Hobson's Town Crier and Prescott Track Record.
A decent and vibrant pub in the St John's district, well worth a look in.

On 2nd September 2014 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Bell

Fortunately not much changed here, bar the freshly-painted exterior which looked nice. Ales: Bewdley Worcestershire (good shape), Hobsons Prickly Hog, Thwaites Wainwright, Doom Bar and Pride all available. Halves came in Guinness glasses and the service from one of the staff was a little perfunctory. A lot of character but I do feel that they could go up an extra notch here and be an essential visit.

June 2011
A 10 minute walk up the hill from the city centre, this terraced building is a proper locals pub sporting a multi-roomed interior; a through corridor, the main bar off to the left via a sliding door, with two smaller snug rooms to right with another larger room further on. The main bar is fairly plain, whilst the side rooms are more comfy, if all a little mid-60’s in their décor. Four ales on, with Enville, Spire, Cannon Royal and Hobsons featuring which were all in good form. Beware the noticeable mark-up on halves. One downside were the staff who seemed rather surly if you weren’t local (and, on one occasion, appeared to deliberately serve others behind us in the buggins order). At 10:45 it was already getting busy, with a number of old boys watching the trooping of the colour on the TV in the main bar. Food was limited to cobs behind the bar at £1.50 a go, which were good. Other pub features included a large function room with an active skittle alley and happy hour, which is a bit of a rarity these days in proper pubs. It opens at 10am on Saturdays so is a perfect place to start a crawl. I’d make the effort to walk out here again next time, hopefully the staff will be more smiley. Rated 7

On 1st April 2014 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Bell

I really liked this traditional pub and thought it had a good atmosphere. The ale quality was also sublime. I went for the Bewdley Brewery Worcestershire Way, whilst Mrs A went for the Hobsons Old Prickly.

On 24th March 2014 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Bell

Inconspicuous as you approach, but rather bigger inside than the façade would suggest. The plainly furnished but well-lit bar is located to the left as you enter, with a sliding door of the central corridor. Two comfortably old-fashioned side rooms on the right-hand side, and a function room to the rear. Four real ales available on handpump, with a half of Worcestershire Way coming in at £1.50. With its traditional features, worth the walk from the city centre.

On 23rd March 2014 - rating: 7
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Oggwyn Great left this review about The Bell

Decent multi-room pub a 5-10 minute stroll from Worcester City Centre , there is a central corridor with two small rooms to the right and a larger main bar to the left and a small outside drinking area , nothing fancy decor wise but clean and tidy with friendly staff and customers , four handpulls with an exellent Hobsons Twisted Spire one from the local Cannon Royal Brewery and a couple of others . I liked it , a proper pub.

On 6th July 2011 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Bell

The Bell is in the shopping area on st johns high street.
This pub is a lot bigger inside than it looks from the outside,there is a corridor with two rooms off it and a larger main bar which is where i had a drink,this room was quite nice with cottage type furniture.
When i visited the pub it was a M&B tied house and there were four real ales on the bar i had a drink of Enville White and this was quite a nice drink, the other beers were M&B mild, Brew X1 and London Pride.
I thought this was quite a nice pub.

Pub visited 30/12/2000

On 30th December 2000 - rating: 8
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