Any sign of Pendle Witch’s Brew to lure us out?!
Ring O' Bells
We serve lunches and evening meals from a varied menu, being particularly well-known for... show more
We serve lunches and evening meals from a varied menu, being particularly well-known for the Sunday roast lunches.
Families are welcome, as long as any children are properly supervised. show less
131 Church Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 2TL
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Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sun: 12:00 - 23:30
12 reviews of Ring O' Bells in English
My wife and eldest son attended the quiz night last night (Wednesday – I was on shift at work). The new owners have extensively redecorated inside but, apparently, have filled every inch of every surface with “fake antiques”. Seems a pity to “tart up” a 17th Century pub, but must be to some tastes. The five handpumps are now serving two real ales only – these being Hobgoblin and Holt’s Bitter last night – kept and served competently, but 40p a pint more than pubs on the same street and nothing like the choices.
They do not have a menu as yet but inform customers what is on that day on the blackboard – so also limited.
The same people are now in charge of here and the Marquis of Granby.
Sorry to announce but, as from Friday, 20th May, we will no longer be running the Ring O’ Bells. Despite turning this pub into the centre of the local community even though we are the most expensive in the area, the pubco refuse to make our rent reasonable o we have to give up rather than go bankrupt.
I shall continue to monitor the pub and hope to come in as a customer, but I don’t think future landlords will keep the essential character…still, who knows?
February 2009 Update:
It has been pointed out that no-one knows when we serve meals!
Monday to Saturday inclusive – meals are served between 12 noon and 2pm, then 6pm until 9pm. Last orders are taken half an hour before end of serving.
Sundays, including Sunday Roast lunch, servings are from 12 noon until 7pm continuous.
December 17th 2008 – update; log fire is up and burning.
Please see new uploaded photos from tonight, especially guest beers board. it’s not often anyone can boast Courage Directors as their weakest real ale!
As from November, 2008 – now five guest real ales at any one time and we’re hoping to get a chimney sweep in soon so we can light the real fire in the dining area without killing off all the customers!
A genuine 17th century, listed pub with a real community feel to it. Serves food during afternoons and part of the evenings – good, basic food with some interesting “specials”.
All the usual beers plus three constantly changing guest real ales, usually bitters.
New management early in 2007 has ensured redecoration didn’t change the pub’s character. I must confess here to being part of the new management, but this was a favourite pub from years back.
Accoustic sessions are held every Sunday night and whenever there is a good reason! – St Patrick’s, St George’s, St David’s and St Andrew’s and May Day so far….oh, and celebrating a Monday once!
We have also had a number of enquiries from Ghosthunter groups and we’re looking into this due to our location. Since this, have had vigils from the northwest Paranormal Society, who cleared all “unusual” activity for the next 1 months!
The pub is becoming well-known in the area as a “real” pub, where customers meet to talk to each other and to the landlady and landlord (and all the family). Anyone who sings or plays an instrument is especialy welcome – there is a pianoforte available for anyone who can play……and other instruments on request!
Phil Chambers, 28 August 2008:
knibbd, 9 September 2008:
We’ve had some Pendle brews, but still trying to get Witch! A little too strong for most, but a bloody marvellous drink!
pubking, 25 September 2008:
how come no stars on the review?
Phil Chambers, 25 September 2008:
Because knibbd is the owner, you can’t rate yourself, although you’re welcome to comment!
Jane_Elizabeth, 9 October 2008:
Sounds a really great place - alas will probably not be in the area to see (taste!) for myself!
knibbd, 15 November 2008:
Obviously at least one person wasn’t impressed! I have to say that our staff have never, to my knowledge, taken more than 20 minutes for a meal - and that was a mega mixed grill, steak reqyested as “cremated” which takes a while!
mikim, 15 November 2008:
I’ll have to visit sometime sounds lovely!
fender1, 28 February 2009:
Looks like a very nice place. Will pop in if we’re in the area.
Orfy, 21 November 2010:
I called in today.
Review to follow. :)
Orfy, 30 August 2011:
Opened under new management then closed again.
Hard time for leased pubs.
popped in for lunch one Saturday afternoon while visiting from Manchester.
good lunch menu with options on main courses for smaller portions if required. nice choice of meals and they kindly catered for my coeliac dietary requirements! service was quick and staff were very friendly and professional - service with a smile and better than many places in Manchester city centre. food was really good and i wish i could eat like that everyday. there was also a good choice of beverages, being coeliac i don't drink beer, but they had choices of cider and several soft drinks.
also really enjoyed the atmosphere, social but not too busy and good music in the background.
would definitely go back again and would recommend to anyone looking for a good meal and drinks in nice surroundings.
I am a strict vegetarian, as in as well as not eating meat I also avoid dairy and eggs. I was wondering if you have any veggie options on your menu that either don't contain dairy and eggs or can be have these ingredients removed?
I have been to your pub before when I still ate meat and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere so I'm hoping I can visit you again with my family!
I've not been for a few years so decided to visit and see if it lives up to the recommendations that I've had.
A lovely pub in a nice setting. Very traditional inside. Not the freshest of decor but suited to the pub.
The Staff are really friendly and chatty.
5 real ales all listed on a board inside and out along with the next in line.
At £2.70 it's priced above most of the competition but price isn't always the most important thing. They offer 3 x 1/3 glass for those who want to sample.
The menu looks promising because it's not a mass produced plastic thing like all the chain pubs. Starters are around £3.50 Mains Around £7 - £11. Sunday lunches £6.95 and small £3.95 The Sunday menu is not limited to Sunday lunches. The food is not gastro pub level but it is very nice.
We had an extended wait for our food but it was peak time on a busy Sunday so that was half expected and they did politely apologise for the delay.
In all, Plenty of olde' world charm and hospitality with good real ale.
Not the cheapest around but one of the nicest settings.
Comment 1 comment on this review
knibbd, 22 November 2010:
Many thanks. It isn't easy being one of the few tied pubs in Church Street as there is no way we can compete on beer prices. We do try to compete on quality, though. As from this week, we should have local beers on as well - after a lot of persuasion, our pubco has agreed to give SIBA a chance to supply two of their tied pubs, ourselves and the Cheshire Cheese in Wallasey Village, one of my old watering holes!
I visited this genuine olde worlde pub.pub on Sunday afternoon with a party of 9 mainly disabled people. The landlady rearranged the tables so we could all sit together. The food was all cooked fresh and was of a very good standard.
This was the first time one of our party has been unable to finish a mixed grill it was ENORMOUS !!!
We will be using this establishment again.
Disabled access available I am told the ladies was disabled friendly.
We visited the pub for a meal and a bevvy… Wonderful historic pub and great service. Landlady and landlord are friends of mine aand by far are very welcoming…
The food is a total knockout, GORGEOUS!!! Didnt have to wait that long. The ales i hear change regularly which is great for variety and the surroundings are warm welcoming and friendly…
Thanks to all staff and DK & SK. :-)
The Ring O’Bells is a lovely little pub tucked away next to the imposing Parish Church of St Elphin’s, at the end of Church Street. It’s easy to find, as St Elphin’s 280ft spire - the third highest of any parish church in England - provides a perfect landmark.
The pub is part of an attractive clutch of old buildings next to the church, and is Grade II Listed, although unfortunately there’s a large Sainsbury’s plonked opposite. Inside, it feels more like a country pub than a town pub: lots of tucked away seating areas (ideal for family or social groups) give it a cosy feel, with some old beams on the ceiling providing the right atmosphere.
Real ale fans are well catered for with two regulars and three guest ales, although one of the latter was off on our visit. The food menu is extensive and features traditional pub grub, with main meals, baguettes, sandwiches and baked potatoes. There’s a good vegetarian selection, too, and staff were friendly and helpful.
The 10 minute walk to the pub from Warrington Town Centre passes several other old pubs, also serving real ale, on Buttermarket Street and Church Street, which would make for a perfect real ale pub crawl, ending at the Ring O’Bells. There’s a bus stop a few yards away to get you back to the bus station, if needed!
Came here with my family for a meal to celebrate my father in laws 80th birthday and had a splendid meal in friendly surroundings. The service was great as was the directors bitter! Will come again!
I visited this place for the first time tonight with my husband, (unfortunately Knibbed was working so we didn’t meet :-(, ) it is a lovely if quiet pub,(not that that’s a bad thing, very friendly staff, cosy inside, they do serve meals, unfortunately we arrived late so didn’t get to sample the menu. Will certainly be going again to sample the menu.
knibbd, 21 November 2008:
Sorry I missed you - I’m here now, but obviously too late! Can’t see how you missed meals as it’s only 19.55 now and we serve until 20.45? Or was it before 18.00?
knibbd, 22 November 2008:
What happened to the photo Georgina took? Sorry about misunderstanding when you were here, I saw the 21.11 date and assumed it was tonight not yesterday. Hope to see you sometime in the future - I’ll be in from about 17.00 Saturday and all Sunday (singers’ night upstairs Sunday - well worth a visit!)
EBONYDARK WOLF, 22 November 2008:
not sure what you mean re- photo! (she took 3 I picked this 1 as I liked it best, ) will visit again soon, may not be this Sunday,
knibbd, 7 December 2008:
Sorry to take so long - I saw your photo on the profile, just haven’t had new glasses for a long time! That’s my excuse anyway!
Welcome any time, if I’m not working on the day job, just ask for Dave senior (number one son is Dave as well!)
EBONYDARK WOLF, 9 December 2008:
I’ll fogive u this time,:-), thank you, will do.
The atmostphere here is lovely however the food isn’t. I think the menu looks like it should be wonderful, it all sounds lovely, but the actual food when it arrives is disappointing. Also I’ve waited a LONG time for a meal (45 mins) so not too impressed.
Old fashioned pub with cobbles and a lot of history. Outstanding real ales are served which are changed regularly giving great variety. The food is fantastic too and the staff are very friendly. You can tell that the landlord and landlady are members of CAMRA
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