Our Story

Charles Wells France is part of the Charles Wells family of companies, founded in Bedford, England in 1876. Five generations of the Wells family have worked at the brewery and there are four members of the Wells family involved today; you can’t buy that kind of heritage, and it’s why we are all so passionate about what we do.


You can learn more about the Charles Wells story here


We’ve been brewing delicious beer and running great pubs for almost a century and a half, and have worked hard to recreate the ambience of a proper English pub in each of our French sites.

We’re proud to offer you a unique range of beers and ciders shipped all the way from our brewery (make sure to ask one of our team for a free sample of any of our products on tap), and with a range of events to enjoy, sports matches to watch and new friends to make, you’ll never be bored.


We look forward to seeing you for a drink soon. Cheers!

Our Beers

Our award-winning beers are produced at our brewery in Bedford, England, and shipped all the way over here to France for you to enjoy in perfect condition. Our team will be happy to talk you through the range and help you find your perfect pint.

John Bull Classic 5.0% ABV

Golden lager, double filtered to give a distinctive, clean, extra smooth taste. It is rounded and irresistibly fresh in aftertaste.

Charles Wells Dry Hopped Lager 4.7% ABV

Brewed in true continental style, what makes our new lager really special is a two week cold conditioning stage which bring the depth of flavour and dry hop character.

Courage Directors Bitter 5.3% ABV

A genuine premium ale, full bodied with a clean, bitter taste, balanced with sweet burnt malty and fruity notes with a distinctive dry-hop aroma and flavour.

Wells Bombardier 4.3% ABV

A burnished British copper coloured beer dominated by dark fruit, juicy malt and tangy hops.

Wells Banana Bread Beer 5.2% ABV

Brewed to a traditional ale recipe with fairtrade bananas, the tempting banoffee aromas are balanced by a masterful malt blend and the spice of the freshest hops.

Young’s London Stout

5.2% ABV

A Dark, ruby coloured stout, with a beautiful, creamy head, this true English stout is rich and sweet. A really enjoyable pint!

Young's Double Chocolate Stout 5.2% ABV

Luxurious and at the same time with a hint of decadence, Young's Double Chocolate Stout has it all, delivering a satisfying, indulgent taste without ever becoming overly sweet.

McEwan’s IPA  4.3% ABV

McEwan’s IPA can trace its heritage back to the 1860s ale made for the 18,000 mile journey to India. It was dispatched inland to provide relief for workers toiling beneath the sub-continental sun. It tasted so good it’s a wonder each barrel reached its destination.

Wells Bombardier Burning Gold 4.7% ABV

Inspired by William Blake's Jerusalem, Burning Gold is a precious blend of the finest malts, hops and natural mineral water to produce an instantly refreshing beer.

Young’s Special London Ale

6.4% ABV

This Gold Medal winning beer is still fermenting in the bottle, so the yeast gives the taste of the beer an extra dimension which is rich and complex. You will find this beer a really satisfying drink.

Triple Hopped


5.2% ABV

Dive into flavours both old and new and take your taste buds on an adventure through time. Your journey begins in 1800s England where IPAs were pale in colour and brewed with Goldings – the original IPA hop. Then fast-forward to the New World and revel in the tropical aromatics of Australian Galaxy and American Simcoe. This moreish brew has a gentle malt character and minerality, with a pronounced hoppy fruitiness.”

Our Ciders

Deep in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside, Westons Cider Mill is situated in the old village of Much Marcle. It was in 1878 that Mr Henry Weston came to farm at The Bounds, a farmhouse nestled amongst apple and perry pear orchards. Since then, Westons have continued to lovingly produce cider and perry to the highest quality and tradition set out by Henry Weston himself, and we at Charles Wells France are delighted to offer their range in every one of our pubs.

Stowford Press 4.5% ABV

A medium dry cider with a subtle, fruity character. Made from the finest quality Hertfordshire apples and blended to an exclusive original recipe.

Henry Weston Vintage

8.2% ABV

Selected by their Master Cider Maker, Henry Westons Vintage is a very special cider made from top quality cider apples from the best of the year’s crop. Sparkling, rich and full-bodied with a long lingering finish.

Old Rosie    7.3% ABV

Old Rosie is named after Westons much loved 1921 Aveling and Porter steamroller. Norman Weston acquired it for Westons Cider about 40 years ago and christened it ‘Old Rosie’. The cider of the same name is light, crisp and cloudy, with a characteristically rich style.


We currently operate in five cities across France – Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Montpellier and Lyon. All our pubs enjoy their own distinct styles and personalities, but you’ll find the same great range of beers and ciders across our estate, and a warm welcome from our team no matter which of your pubs you choose. If you’re planning a visit then do let us know, we’d love to join you for a drink!

The Bombardier


A traditional English pub situated in the heart of the world famous Latin Quarter of Paris, in the shadow of the Pantheon, serving Cask Marque-accredited real ale on tap. Fabulous home-cooked food served at lunchtimes, including our award-winning fish & chips, and then at night its famous vibrant atmosphere really kicks in.

King Arthur


A traditional English pub in the heart of Lyon, the King Arthur offers an exclusive range of quality draught and bottled beers from the Charles Wells Brewery in Bedfordshire, England. A late licence at the weekend means you can keep the party going until 3am.

Cross of St George


A traditional English pub in the heart of Paris serving Cask Marque-accredited real ale on tap. Whether you want to sample our beer-battered fish & chips and roast dinners or mix it up with the menu du jour, you're sure to find something on our menu to complement the delicious pint you've just ordered.

Elephant & Castle


Situated in Vieux Lyon, the Elephant & Castle offers authentic cask ale and a full kitchen serving English classics such as fish & chips, roast dinners, and our ever-changing daily specials. Be sure to enquire about the pub’s two function rooms, which make an ideal venue for birthday parties, corporate bookings or our regular beer-tasting events.

Charles Dickens


Take a stroll along Bordeaux's historic quais and you'll happen upon The Charles Dickens, a traditional English pub in the heart of France's wine-making country. Just a hundred yards from the Place de la Bourse and it's renowned Miroir d'Eau, in the lively, bohemian quartier of St Pierre.

Sherlock Holmes


The Sherlock Holmes opened its doors in July 2009 and quickly established itself as a Bordeaux institution. Located in the up and coming area of rue Judaïque , right in the centre of town. Whether you like sport, music, pool, darts, quizzes, board games or just a pint of great beer, the Sherlock Holmes has something to offer you.

George & Dragon


Opened in 2007, The George and Dragon is now renowned as an appealing and distinctive addition to the city of Toulouse. Situation a short work from the Place Capitole, the heart of the city, you can be assured of a warm welcome, a great pint of beer and a lively night out.

London Town


The oldest pub in the Charles Wells France, the London Town recently celebrated its twentieth birthday, having opened in 1993. It’s located in one of the city’s most popular areas, the shopping district of Carmes, and still offers a real taste of England two decades later.

The Shakespeare


A cosmopolitan English pub in the heart of a young, vibrant city, The Shakespeare offers traditional ales and lagers in a sumptuous 17th Century building, just a short stroll from the bustling Place de la Comedie.

Robin Hood


Opened in 2010, The Robin Hood is situated off the Place de la Comedie, a short walk through the beautiful 17th Century Jardins du Peyrou. The pub continues to go from strength to strength, cementing its reputation in Montpellier as ‘the place to be’ via a strong lineup of events, promotions and of course its fantastic team.



100m away from the famous “Big Blue Bell”, right in the middle of the historical city centre of Bordeaux, the Starfish offers a large and unique range of English beers on tap and in bottles. This traditional and classy pub will seduce you.


English Country Kitchen


An ‘English bistro’ in the heart of Bordeaux, featuring the kind of dishes & desserts that we love to eat in our homeland. Sprinkle in some classic French cuisine, garnish with a great range of beers, wines, hot and soft drinks, and you’ve got the recipe for the English Country Kitchen.

De Danu


De Danú is Toulouse’s largest Irish bar, situated only a short distance from the centre of Toulouse. De Danú has  earned a reputation as the primary sporting bar in Toulouse. With 8 different screens and 3 different indoor and 2 outdoor areas, if your sport is on the television, you can be assured it’ll be on ours!