The Blue Bell Inn is located only yards from the quay in Emsworth, boasting terrific views from the terrace, and is renowned for superb food served in a proper pub. This busy local at the heart of the community is the perfect spot for a drink or a bite to eat after a walk around the harbour or a visit to the shops in the town. Well-stocked with a wide range of real ales and lagers, together with an extensive wine list, the Blue Bell, under the watchful eye of owner Giles, prides itself on serving fresh produce sourced locally. Nominated as one of the Top 20 pubs in the South-East by TripAdvisor in 2015, and recommended by The Times for its fish and chips, come and see what the fuss is about!
Giles Babb Owner & Chef
Well what a year, I didn’t think that for one moment that over a year after being enforced to close by the Government we would still not have served a single drop of alcohol, a bowl of chips or a packet of peanuts.
Last year has been the single most hardest year I have ever endured in business. The first government lock down was necessary and we used the time to produce some wonderful cook at home meals, launch our frozen ready meal service.
In this time we also undertook a refresh of the pub, repainted the trading areas, and ensuring that the pub was Covid safe for reopening in July. We then had the devastating discovery that a burst pipe in the loft had destroyed all of our hard work.
It went from bad to worse! Firstly with the insurance companies accepting our claim we started the painstaking job of taking apart our newly decorated pub. Then they decided not playing ball (no surprise there) and stopped engaging with us leading to long delays in us being able to start works to reopen. Obviously with our cash flow seriously effected with no trade at the start of the year we were in an impossible position.
These works finally started to reinstate your pub 6 weeks ago and we are hope full, that they will be completed in time for us to reopen on the 17th of May. We have seriously missed you our customers, and can not wait to get back to what we do best, as soon as it is physically possible.
In the meantime please sign up to our newsletter, follow us on social media and check our website for more details of reopening. Your continued custom and support, as always, is hugely appreciated.
Giles, Charlotte, Teddy and Team!
With less than 24 hours notice please call to make your booking on 01243 373 394
In the meantime, our ready meals are available to buy online
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Check out our partnership with Hermitage Cellars for some fantastic wines