A Brief History

Almost one hundred and twenty years ago, in 1887, Samuel David Bell founded the firm of S.D. Bell & Co Ltd, on the corner site of Church Lane and Ann Street, Belfast. Tea and coffee quickly became the mainstays of the Business, and by 1927 the Firm had expanded into larger premises on the corner of Ann Street and Victoria Street.

S.D. Bell’s name and reputation flourished during the first half of the twentieth century, and quickly became synonymous with the best tea and coffee available, while the wonderful aroma of freshly roasted coffee permeated Belfast’s streets.

In 1973, Bell’s moved to their suburban Belfast premises at Knock, which is our current headquarters, and site of our coffee roastery and the popular ‘Leaf & Berry’ coffee bar. The coffee bar has become famous within the Northern Ireland jazz scene, with our Java Jive Jazz Brunch on Sundays often sold out!.

S.D.Bell’s teas and coffees are available online, at Knock, in St George’s Market, and throughout Northern Ireland, in quality hotels, restaurants and shops.

All who purchase our products are reminded of the company’s long tradition of quality and service, first established by our founder, whose photograph graces our packaging.

ROBERT BELL, great-grandson of S.D. Bell, represents the fourth generation of this fine Belfast institution.

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