The time now in Ruislip
The Six Bells
This pub in closed (Correct as at Oct 2014) but may well re-open
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The Six Bells may be found more or less where Bury Street changes in to Ducks Hill Road near Ruislip Lido. It has a reputation locally as a community pub and has embraced Ruislip Common that it backs on to. The large gardens to the side include an array of out buildings that come to life at busy times and during its well run "fun days". It is well run and popular, deservedly so. But at a price. Gone is the little pub that ramblers went in to wearing green wellies for a half of cider. Gone are the anchovies on the tables, gone is that feeling of a country pub so near the town. Instead it is the younger set that frequents the pub drinking pints and bringing with them their children.
Ruislip lost a little something when this pub changed direction, a change that was needed if the pub were to survive, for giving away anchovies and selling two half's of cider does not keep you in business, selling bottles of pop to kids, by the crate full, does. Shame.
But the old building still stands, and hopefully will stand for many years to come, in whatever form.
The pub was closed for a while and re-opened on 9th November 2009 as "Cafe @ the Six Bells" a pub which seems to be all things to all me. It is a restaurant, so you can eat in there, and out the back some nights it is a disco, so you can dance in there and it is a pub so you can drink in there.
Where it is, by road
From Ruislip High Street leave following the signs to Rickmansworth, this is Bury Street. Stay on this road until you pass a petrol station on your left. The Six Bells is about 150 yards after this on the same side, where the car park is just after the pub itself.
Telephone Number - 01895 (to follow)
Web links that may interest you
Access via public transport
Not too bad. Get the. H13 from Ruislip tube to the stop just before Ruislip Lido on Bury Street and then walk up the hill about 200 yards.
Pub Crawl Potential
Not bad, come out of the pub turn right, cross the road and then turn left and take Reservoir Road down to the Lido and there you will find the Waters Edge, or continue past Reservoir Road and along what has now become Bury Street and up to The Plough. Alternatively come out of the pub, turn right and then right again up Breakspear Road and up to The Woodman Total walk between pubs a little over one mile and from all except The Woodman the H13 stops close by.
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The information below may be out of date
I thought I would update you a bit about the Six
Bells. It is indeed a community pub and very well run. They sponsor two
local kids football team and an adults team. They also raise money
on a continuing basis for the Meningitis Research Foundation. The management
and staff are very friendly and professional.
There is a ladies dart team who are presently looking players so if anyone is interested come along.
Monday to Friday they open at 7 a.m. in the morning for breakfasts.
The food is very good with large portions and very
inexpensive. They also do Sunday roasts everyday for £5.45 with
all the trimmings.
They do sell real ale being Adnams, London Pride and Youngs.
There is a wide mixture of people using the pub from the locals who have drunk there for over 30 years to people with families. Everybody seems to mix well together.
They also produce a newsletter every month to let people know what is going on that month.
For me this is the place to come nice people, no hassle and everybody enjoys themselves.
Having looked at you Web site I can see that the changes at the Six Bells need to be made known! For 2005, the top bar in the original part of the pub has been converted to a more traditional bar. There is an open fire and dining by candle light from the varied menu is an added attraction. This bar is for over 18's only, unless children are dining with their family. Music is subdued and it is like taking a step back in time when you see the leather chairs nestled by the roaring fire - perfect for winter months.
Regular customers with families need not worry. The bottom bar remains a family friendly bar complete with pool table and gaming machines - I know as I visit with and without my children. The atmosphere is always welcoming, making you feel part of a community from when you walk through the door.
Finally, for sports enthusiasts, all major sporting events are shown.
Anne Hartness Jan 05
Well situated for a pint after a walk around either the Lido (if you fancy somewhere other than the Waters Edge) or around the local woods. Opposite a large garden centre, so you can combine two of Britain's favourite pastimes.
From "The Story of The Shadows".........
........with a combination of the American situation, Cliff Richard's runaway success (Living Doll had by now sold over a million copies in Britain alone) and a bit of nudging from Norrie Paramor, we set about finding a permanent name, which arrived out of the blue one Summer's day in July 1959 (maybe 19th.)when Hank Marvin and Jet Harris took off to their scooters up to the Six Bells pub at Ruislip. Jet hit upon a name straight away. 'What about the Shadows?' The lad was a genius! So we became the Shadows for the first time on Cliff's sixth single "Travellin' Light"
Jet Harris Obituary