Good Pub Guide

Good Pub Guide Food

Bar food times: 12 - 2.30, 6 - 9; 12 - 9 Fri, Sat, until 8.30 Sun

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Good Pub Guide Information

Awards

Worth a visit
Worth a visit
Beer Award
Beer Award
Wine Award
Wine Award

Information

Sandwiches
Sandwiches
Cask Ales
Cask Ales
Meals and Snacks
Meals and Snacks
Credit Cards
Credit Cards
Dogs allowed in: Dogs Bar
Dog allowed
in: Dogs Bar

Rating and Comments

3.5/5
82 votes cast
We booked our Christmas Dinner here...what an absolute mistake! Sour staff, no ambience, service with a scowl. Our starters were decidedly average: pate with solid butter on top...don't they know it should be melted? Soup with a 'plastic' roll, no butter! Then our mains...sliced reheated turkey, with reheated average vegetables.. (no seasonal parsnips/bread sauce/ homemade stuffing) no 'roast' potatoes, instead, we had soggy pigs in blankets and packet stuffing...what a joke!
We asked for some more drinks and were told to go to the bar to fetch our own...waiting for the waitress to return, she delivered our drinks with a thud and fingers inside the glasses...yuk!
Desserts were just as bad: Christmas Pudding bought from the nearest wholesaler, 'Chocolate Brownie' with Vanilla Ice Cream consisted of a thick slice of cheap dark chocolate fudge cake, definitely NOT a brownie..no finesse, still no smile, no taste.

I dare to suggest the Chef refused to work Christmas Day and this was all they cold manage...an absolute fiasco!!!

All in all an unmitigated disaster, costing £300 including drinks and Mr Clarke insists that we are the only unhappy customers...not what we heard....not many hung around for coffee, we certainly didn't...we beat a hasty retreat back home, where we were safely welcome with food fit for eating.
We made the mistake of booking our Christmas Lunch here yesterday. The Bear failed to deliver at every level. Poor food, no sense of service, and the function room was as welcoming as a school dining room.

The turkey had been reheated and the vegetable selection was very limited.

Add to this disinterested staff and dirty toilets and it is hard to find a redeeming feature. There were two - the beer was good and the house Merlot was perfectly acceptable.

This was an expensive mistake - we will not be trying The Bear again.
I live close to the the bear inn, and have visited this beautiful pub in a perfect location for the past fifteen years. And after a couple of visits in the last week, I have to say i'm disappointed and surprised that the bear has won an award in the best pub guide. The service was terrible, the bar staff we're more interested in watching the football in the back room rather than serving the waiting customers in the bar, one customer said he'll never come again, also the ageing table staff could do with bringing up to date in customer service, I think when a customer receives their £25 steak and asks for a drink, he shouldn't be told quite bluntly to 'fetch his own drink as he's far too busy'. This pub used to be the place to go for a treat or special occasion, but not anymore. I hope you improve your service, and get back up at the top where you used to be.
Highly recommended. While en route Dorset to Scotland we stayed one night in one of the cottages adjacent to the pub. Very comfortable and couldn't fault it. Food in pub excellent, great atmosphere, staff very helpful, friendly and eager to please. Good hearty breakfast and quantity just right.
Lives up to its recommendation. Bass and TT Landlord well kept. Menu imaginative; food very good and not too expensive. Licensees very friendly and welcoming.

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