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The Blue Bell, Kidderminster Central, Kidderminster

423 Hurcott Road
Kidderminster
DY10 2QQ
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Tenanted (Marstons)

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Reviews of The Blue Bell (Average Rating: 7 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Blue Bell

I’ve no idea how this two bar local’s pub on the Northern fringes of the town centre ended up on my itinerary, but it was comfortably the most disappointing pub of the many I visited in Kidderminster. The original two bar layout is probably the pub’s stand-out characteristic and on entering I found myself in the left hand Public Bar – a slightly tatty room with a pool table and dartboard to the left and a small servery over to the right. A banquette runs along the front wall and there were a couple of small tables with low stools squeezed in elsewhere, but the room is essentially given over to pub games and had been commandeered by a loud group of youngsters whose intolerable nonsense forced me to take my pint through to the Lounge Bar. This room turned out to be surprisingly well kept, with a decent carpet and a larger servery along the left hand wall. Several curved settles create nice communal seating areas around the three remaining walls and are supplemented with a few low stools. The room has floral wallpaper, a few old local photos on display and an inflatable banana on the bar back, as well as a pump clip collection which briefly raised hopes of good beer, only for them to be quickly dashed. Other points of interest included the reasonable beer garden, skittish pub dog, loud Friday night music and ramshackle collection of insanely pissed locals – family friendly it ain’t!
Despite the pump clip collection, prominent CAMRA material and a sign over the bar saying a pint of cask ale costs £3.10, there was no real ale available on my Friday evening visit, so I ended up having to choose between keg Banks’s Bitter and Mild (I went for the Mild which was just about passable). One of the oiks in the Public Bar asked for a pint of Fosters, only to be told that this was also unavailable but he could have a can of Fosters for the same price. I assume something went wrong with their delivery, or else the pub is being run into the ground.
On face value, this is a nice enough local working man’s style boozer which I’m sure I would’ve appreciated more had I visited when they had some decent beer on. But having said that, the atmosphere was pretty edgy, mainly because everyone seemed to be completely trashed, which would certainly be off-putting to the casual pub goer. Possibly one for a revisit at a more convivial time, but in all honesty it’s the first place I’d want to cut from any future crawl around town.

On 29th March 2017 - rating: 5
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Blue Bell

Small two roomed pub with a central bar. Lounge side is traditional with wallpaper, carpet and comfortable bench style seating. The bar side has a pool table and a tropical fish tank near the counter. This well kept pub was serving Banks Bitter and Banks Mild, which was fab. I also enjoyed the Jennings Corby Blonde.

On 25th July 2012 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Will Larter
Kidderminster, 1.05 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Blakedown, 3.5 miles, 1 hr 7 min walk (show)
Hartlebury, 4.78 miles, 1 hr 32 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Blue Bell, Kidderminster
29th Mar 2017, 19:47
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
9th Mar 2017, 20:58
Picture submitted by peter ashworth approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 February 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 08 February 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Darts : Yes last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 08 February 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Function Room : No last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 08 February 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 July 2012 by Moby Duck
  • Real Cider : No last updated 29 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 February 2014 by Alan Hurdle
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