St John’s Chapel and Upper Weardale

The Blue Bell Inn, 12 Hood St, St Johns Chapel, DL13 1QJ. Once a pair of terraced stone cottages, the Blue Bell has undergone a transformation into something of a chapel of worship for beer drinkers. One of only two Cask Marque outlets in the area, Bryan and Kath go to great pains to ensure their regularly changing ales are in tip top condition. Most are from mocrobreweries nearby. This is a pubman’s pub, so not much in the way of lumpy stuff: Kath pickles the eggs and you might get crisps and scratchings. Pool room and beer garden. A veritable haven. 01388 537256. Weekdays 5-12. Weekends 12-12. Will open up if you’re thirsty.