c1750 – present
1 CHURCH STREET.
First licenced in 1750, Arch-Deacon Plymley recorded Ann Farmer as landlord in 1793. She is followed by William Farmer and his son from 1802 to 1856. However, a 1796 survey and plan of Walcot Properties shows “The Bell Ale House” with tenant John Farmer, situated across the road at 8 & 10 Church Street. Stranger still, it also shows the current location of the Six Bells as “formerly the Swan Ale House” with tenant John Sayce. See The Swan Ale House
This was one of the favorite dining out haunts for the town’s Corporation members during the mid 1800’s, with one bill from landlord Richard James in 1870 showing 14 dinners @ 2/6d, Ale 8/3d, whiskey and brandy 19/9d, total bill £3/3s, (£340 in today’s money). A good night out! And they still serve up a first rate fish & chip supper today.
It also has it’s neighbouring Six Bells Brewery who produce four regular beers and other special brews.
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