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Spirit Vaults

(formerly Blue Bell Inn)

53 Church Street
DE73 8EJ

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Opening Times


Monday11.00 am - 10.30 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 10.30 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 10.30 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 10.30 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.30 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.30 pm
Sunday11.00 am - 10.30 pm

About the Pub

Formally the Blue Bell which was built as a house in 1736. With its three storeys, gable parapets and roundel at the top of the gable it was a very smart building for rural Melbourne. The pub seems to have become known as the 'Blue Bell' in the late 19th century; before then it was known as the 'The Spirit Vaults'. We are lucky that the pub survives as the Melbourne Estate was not keen on public houses on its doorstep, having closed the 'White Lion' next door after purchasing it in the 1860s. The pub is well located for visitors to the Hall and Norman parish church (12th century) and has an outdoor heated drinking area. It is popular with walkers and a real cider is usually available on tap here.

Fully renovated in 2020 and now home to the former Shardlow brewery, now named the Morgan Brewhouse brewery.

Derby CAMRA Country Pub of the Year 2022 finalist.

Regular ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Morgan Brewmasters Gold
  • Morgan Brewmasters Reverend
  • Morgan Brewmasters Vaults Dark

Changing ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Usually another Morgan Brewmasters beer.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Two real cider/perries.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited


  • Garden Garden
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Not in the restaurant area.

  • Accommodation Accommodation

    Five rooms.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Darts, dominoes and pool.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Covered and heated.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Spirit Vaults

53 Church Street
DE73 8EJ

Sat Nav Reference

52.821744, -1.425063


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Nearby Bus Routes (35m)

Arriva: 2; Midland Classic: 9

Bus Stop: Church Hall.

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Spirit Vaults - Melbourne

Spirit Vaults

53 Church Street
DE73 8EJ

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Accommodation
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Newspapers
  • Separate Bar
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes

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