About The Bluebell Inn & Lodge

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open days a week

Who We Are

The Bluebell Inn and Lodge is a modern day pub set in the old tapestry and bakery of the village of Desford. Set in the centre of Desford we serve both the local community and also people from all over Leicestershire.


As a village pub we pride ourselves on our personal service, whether it be pulling a lovingly-kept pint of local beer, pouring your perfect G&T or serving you our freshly cooked food, sourced using the best produce available.

We like to flow with the times, our Gin collection gets bigger and bigger every week and we have recently introduced our revolving craft beer range, highlighting the best in modern day brewing, complimenting our ever changing guest real ales.

Meet The Team

Michael Cosgrove


Having forged a successful career in restaurant and retail management, 3 years ago Michael decided to change his life altogether. Working for Thorntons he was bored and thought why work for someone else when you can work for yourself? Taking redundancy and selling his shares, today’s Bluebell is a result of 3 year’s hard work. You’ll find him very hands on, back in the kitchen reliving his early chef days, to pulling your pint behind the bar, he’ll never shy away from a bit of hard work

Jay Durow

General Manager

Jay is a very successful Bar Manager and oversees all the front of house operations. Having worked in hospitality all her life, you won’t find a better welcome or pint poured. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, what she doesn’t know about running a village pub isn’t worth knowing

David Jones

Head Chef

David is what you would call a veteran of the pub world, with over 30 years’ experience, and having successfully owned his own pub and restaurant alongside his wife Donna, he now works alongside us helping create our pub vision. Combining traditional freshly cooked food with new and exciting contemporary twists he has created food that you will love. His Sunday Roasts are legendary, with people travelling from all over Leicestershire to try them.