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Blue Bell Inn Emsworth Backs The Final Straw Campaign & Joins Bid To Raise Thousands For Charity !

Our friends at The Blue Bell Inn Emsworth have been extremely busy at the start of 2018 with some fantastic initiatives taking place across the south coast. Close to Giles Babb’s heart these activities are about sustainability and the local community. As a pillar head of the local community Giles believes in reaching out and enriching local projects around the area and industry

The Final Straw Campaign


They are a clear example of completely unnecessary single use plastic that is used for an average of just 20 minutes then discarded. Every straw on the planet right now will outlive everyone reading these words.

Some problems seem too big to tackle. This problem isn’t. We can do it if we all work together!

We understand some people need a straw to drink and are recommending asking for paper straws instead. Individuals always requiring a straw to drink may wish to purchase their own bamboo/ stainless steel /glass reusable straw.

Biodegradable and compostable straws do not break down in the marine environment as the water is too cold, therefore we do not recommend them as an alternative. Please check before you buy!

We have said no to #plasticstraws this is one small step to help protect the environment! We now use @ecostraws 100% natural wheat 🌾 straws & when we can find some blue & white paper straws will use them too!

How to find out more……

The Blue Bell is well known for quality ales from around the region

Portsmouth in the community

Giles will be doing the Pompey CEO Sleep out at Fratton Park to raise money for the Homeless & Portsmouth in the community! Please support him with this important cause.

Pompey in the Community works to break the cycle of poverty by delivering projects that aim to improve young lives through sport and education, particularly giving young people an opportunity to gain employability support when they need it most. 

How to donate…..



01243 373394


The Blue Bell Inn Emsworth is located only yards from the quay in Emsworth, boasting terrific views from the terrace, and is renowned for superb food served in a proper pub. This busy local at the heart of the community is the perfect spot for a drink or a bite to eat after a walk around the harbour or a visit to the shops in the town. Well-stocked with a wide range of real ales and lagers, together with an extensive wine list, the Blue Bell, under the watchful eye of owner Giles, prides itself on serving fresh produce sourced locally. Nominated as one of the Top 20 pubs in the South-East by TripAdvisor in 2015, and recommended by The Times for its fish and chips, come and see what the fuss is about!



Originally known as The Brewery Tap, it was owned by Mr Hipkin who also owned the brewery at the rear of the pub.
The original Blue Bell was further down South Street Emsworth, and the building we have now was only rebuilt after the war.
It was moved in 1960 because it was blocking the entrance to the units behind.
When the brewery closed and the site was sold to Leslie Marsh he developed it a builders yard, and later various other industries such as Lewmar Marine.

After the war lorries and delivery trucks were getting bigger and they had difficulty turning from narrow South Street into the narrow entrance to the works.  So Leslie paid to have the Blue Bell demolished and built on the other side (northern) of the entrance, allowing him to widen the entrance to his yard.

A free house, the Blue Bell Inn Emsworth has been owned by the Babb family since 1994 and is currently owned by Giles Babb.


Situated at the gateway of Chichester Harbour, in the south east corner of Hampshire on the West Sussex Border.
Popular with sailors, artists, naturalists and walkers. The two tidal millponds to east and west are host to a variety of wild life. Emsworth has a long history connected with oyster fishing and boat building and still boasts traditional shipwrights and chandleries. Its attractive streets are lined with a mixture of architectural styles and high walled gardens and a walk around the town gives a genuine feel for the past, with exceptional harbour views.

An amazing breakfast to start your day at The Blue Bell Inn Emsworth


We have a close link to Chichester and Portsmouth, by road or rail. Emsworth is also surrounded by The South downs national park.

For more information about the Village of Emsworth and the surrounding area click here.


  • By Road – Emsworth is on the A259 and is signed from the M27/A27 between Havant and Chichester. From the North on the A3(M), leave at junction 2 (signed Emsworth) and follow the B2149/B2148 to the town centre. There is a pay and display car parks in South Street and others to the north of the A259.
  • By Rail – Emsworth Station is on the South Coast line between Southampton and Brighton/London Victoria.
  • By Bus – Service No 700 between Portsmouth and Chichester.
  • By Boat – There is a deep water pontoon and a drying jetty closer to the town with access for 3.5 hours each side of high water, (neap tides).

For more information please contact us directly here and we’ll be only to happy to guide you in!

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