The six bells pub stands on the site of a farmhouse built in 1670, ten years after the restoration of Charles II.
In 1750 the farmhouse extended and became the site of the six bells pub that we all know and love today. The name is in reference to the six bells of St John the Baptist Church which stands on the opposite side of Kerry Lane. The conversion of the farmhouse into an inn was probably to take advantage of the Drovers driving their sheep from the welsh hills (Offa's Dyke is a short walk away) on to London. The pub was able to offer lodgings for the night and a secure paddock for the livestock to be kept overnight, safe from predators and thieves.
Bishop's Castle at the time was one of the famouse "rotten" boroughs and it is easy to imagine corrupt propspective MP's offering bribes for votes. One such man was Clive of India (pictured above) who was MP for Bishop's Castle soon after the six bells opened in the 1760's.
The six bells has been licensed continuously from 1750 to the present day and remains one of the foremost pubs in South Shropshire. The paddock is now long gone and the outbuildings have been converted for various uses, but today are the home of the Six Bells Brewery, which opened in 1997.
Walkers & Cyclist s welcome
Well behaved kids welcome
Note to parent's - the staff are more than happy to nail kids to the table!
LADIES - please leave £20 with a member of the bar staff and we will ensure your husband / other half is looked after, until your return..
Mary & John Stradling have been resident in Bishop's Castle for over 8 years. After some careful consideration they decided to take on the Six Bells and further develop the beers brewed by the the on-site brewery.
Mary has worked in pubs on and off for over 30 years, she has a strong background in customer service for a range of major companies. John has likewise worked in pubs and over recent years has worked for several pub chains gaining considerable customer service experience along with cooking the pub's menu. Prior to that John was involved in customer facing sales & account management with some leading companies.
The Six Bells Pub has been a part of Bishop's Castle life since 1670.
There are no fruit machines or piped music. In winter a good log fire keeps everyone cosy.
The bar is traditional too with a row of beer engines serving six bells ales (YES, you can buy guinness, larger and keg cider here but the pumps are tucked quietly away).
You are welcome to come and enjoy some of the best beers (anywhere!) great wines and ciders for those that must we have Stowford press cider and Starpramen larger on draught.