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The Old Bell Tavern

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in Shopfronts 25-10-2010
FEATURED in Glitter, Sparkle and Shine 06-08-2011
FEATURED in All Things Pubs 24-08-2011
TOP TEN FINALIST in the All Things Pubs – Historic Pubs Challenge 24-08-2011

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The Old Bell Tavern is in Royal Parade, Harrogate, England. Located in the Montpellier quarter, close to the Pump Room Museum and Valley Gardens, the tavern’s name refers to the fact that until 1815 an earlier Inn, The Bell existed on the site. The original Bell Tavern developed from the early 17th century alehouses which served visitors resorting to Harrogate’s famous Old Sulphur Well which lies beneath the dome of the Royal Pump Room museum opposite the premises. Sometimes known as the ‘Blue Bell’, probably because of the colour of its sign, the inn was also a stage in the York to Harrogate coaching run. The Bell closed in November 1815 and the property was occupied privately until 1846 when the site was cleared for the construction of Royal Parade at which time the original Bell’s inn cellars were incorporated into the new building. A series of historic drawings depicting the original Bell Inn can be seen in the Old Bell bar lobby area. In November 2001 the ground floor of No.7 Royal Parade was incorporated into the tavern. Originally the world famous Farrah’s Harrogate Toffee shop, this room has been restored to its former glory. The centre piece is the original Farrah shop display unit which now hosts a “museum” collection of Farrah memorabilia. In 1786, it was said of the tenants of the original Bell that they, “provided a stock of the best wines and other liquors, and furnished the house in a manner commodious for the reception of the genteelest families…”

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