It is fair to say the Blue Bell has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years, and that it needed a firm hand to turn it around from a fairly down-at- heel pub.

Pub of the Week: Blue Bell, Doncaster
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Two years ago, when a new landlord and landlady moved in, the tide thankfully began to turn.
Now there’s a nice little beer garden by the side of the new(ish) conservatory, and seating outside, next to some impressive floral arrangements, for longer and warmer days and evenings.
Inside, there’s just one bar, but everything is either restored, refreshed or completely revitalised – there’s also a new menu on the way.
A real find in this neck of the woods, the Blue Bell is warmly inviting, with a few big old leather wing chairs among the other chairs and tables and settles.
There’s a daily specials board, and if the generosity of my own filled jacket potato (plus home-made coleslaw and fresh salad on the side) is anything to go by, you might start wondering how a profit factors into the proportions of the portions.
The hand-pulled beers change every few days or so – lighter ales are apparently favoured in these parts, and I couldn’t quarrel with the two pints of beautifully kept Guzzler, from the York Brewery.
Even on a midweek lunchtime, the place was ticking over with both locals and visitors. It’s a little social hub is this pub, brought back from a moribund hibernation into being a much-loved venue. Clearly from both sides of the bar.
The Blue Bell Inn, Thorne Road, Blaxton, Doncaster DN9 3AL, 01302 773195.

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