178 Main Street
nr Melton Mowbray
Mon-Thu 12-3, 6-11; Fri/Sat 12-11; Sun 12-10.30
The Blue Bell was originally a timber framed building, but alterations took place in the 18th and 19th centuries and it is now mostly brick. The Inn originally had stabling and a yard room, but these have gone now. There is still evidence of old wells both inside and outside; these would have been used to brew beer in the early 20th century.
The Blue Bell is a lively Inn with a spacious 'public' bar - TV, pool - and a more sedate snug bar (small). To you right on entrance is a lounge seating area with low ceiling and is very cosy - no bar here. To the right is the snug bar which has stools at the bar and seating around the length of the room, which is longer than it is wide. The beers on at the time were from the larger brewers, but were served well, if at £2.48 a little pricey. Food is served here and it is genuine Thai food. It was filling and keenly priced. To eat you can stay in the pub or go to the restaurant part. The restaurant is decorated in traditional Thai style and can seat up to 44 people. Food is served 12-2.30 (not Monday and Tuesday), 6-10.30pm 6 days a week - not Mondays.
There is a no smoking section of the pub and of course a real fire for winter. In summer you can sit outside, though be warned the pub is on a busy road through the village. Getting here is easy as busses serve the village from Melton Mowbray and Leicester.
The Blue Bell has its own football and darts teams. You can also play cards in the snug on weekend lunch times. In addition there are Karaoke and quiz nights. You can park at the side and rear of the pub.
Also try: The Crown, 106 Main Street. Beer range varies.
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From: S: £23-27, D: £44-48 pr.