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Spirit Vaults

(formerly Blue Bell Inn)

53 Church Street
DE73 8EJ

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Sunday11.30 am - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 2, 6 - 8
12 - 4 Sun



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 by the ghostly title of '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.

Currently closed having a refit. Expected to open in August 2020 as a brewpub run by the Shardlow brewery.

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Spirit Vaults, Melbourne


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Two real ciders.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Darts, dominoes and pool.

  • LiveMusic Live Music


  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Covered and heated.

  • SportsTV Sports TV
  • 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

Bus Stop: Church Hall.

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