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The Black Bear

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High Street, Wool BH20 6BP, England
+44 1929 405541
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dunedin, Florida
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The atmosphere is more tea room than the pub I'd expected. Table service from a pleasant young woman. I chose one of the day's soups-spicy beef and bean, which was delicious and served with a warm baguette. I also chose a side of onion rings with garlic mayo! Really special, and easily enough to share. I'd definitely recommend this place.... More 

Thank Lonsgal
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the best rated pub closest to Monkey World. Unfortunately, I don't see how this pub has such a high rating. OK, the positives, a friendly staff that gave us a private corner. The negative, the food. The chicken schnitzel was burnt on both sides and bone dry, the pork schnitzel was burnt, but luckily still moist and the... More 

Thank Tim C
Roda10, Owner at The Black Bear, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you had to review my pub like this and you felt that your food was not up to others consitant reviews, for this I can only apologise. Melanie More 

roa island Cumbria
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very good pub with a lovely landlady and friendly Staff, The locals made us feel welcome.There is a good selection of Beers,The Food was Excellent and reasonably priced,and a good variety Menu. We stayed in a cottage in the village and visited the Black Bear every day of our stay. Would recommend any one to give it a go.... More 

Thank niconroa
Roda10, Owner at The Black Bear, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review I remember you visiting each night, glad to read you had a good time in our village pub. We hope to see you again soon Melanie More 

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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this little village pub by accident after finding we had an hours wait until the next train after visiting monkey world. I can literally sum it up as one of my most favourite eating experiences. The food was all genuinely homemade, the best roast dinner we've ever had. The service was efficient, the girls working there were polite and... More 

Thank Zoe J
Roda10, Owner at The Black Bear, responded to this review

Wow what a lovely review thank you so much... I am so pleased to read you had a great experience with us and hope to see you again one day Melanie More 

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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent well cooked food. Good portions. Restaurant was full but food arrived in good time. Staff very friendly and efficient. Locals very friendly. Excellent local atmosphere, very welcoming to visitors. It felt like going in to our local pub at home. Excellent, highly recommended. One tip, book a table in the restaurant side. The bar side looked a bit too... More 

Thank dave2182
Roda10, Owner at The Black Bear, responded to this review

Thank you for your review I am glad you enjoyed your visit to our village pub, and we hope to welcome you back one day Melanie More 

Seaford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very popular venue we arrived early evening about sixish and was shown to a table for two straight away by a charming young lady,the menu was comprehensive and well thought out,I had Dorset ham eggs and chips and my partner chose lamb chops with vegetables,For afters I chose syrup pudding with cream,and my partner had fresh fruit... More 

Thank _themanstan53
Roda10, Owner at The Black Bear, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review I am glad you enjoyed your visit and meals We hope to see you again soon Melanie More 

Dartford, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed March 14, 2017

We had a lovely experience . The staff were lovely and very attentive . I had the lamb chops - really tasty and cooked to perfection. Fish & chips very good. Highly recommended

Thank Pamelajsmith
Roda10, Owner at The Black Bear, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon Melanie More 

Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017

I decided to try this on a Tuesday night for dinner, I'm working away from home so was on my own. Was a little put-off on entry by the sudden silence! But I sat in the restaurant and ordered the salmon fillet in butter and capers. It was well cooked and came with plenty of veg and a large portion... More 

Thank Gillian B
Roda10, Owner at The Black Bear, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review, I remember your arrival sorry about the sudden silence, I am glad you stayed and ate dinner with us and everything then was satisfactory. Sorry you didn't receive our free wi fi code that is behind the bar. Melanie More 

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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

Would have stayed to eat but for a group of people whom where very loud and constantly using bad language

2 Thank Lizzie S
Roda10, General Manager at The Black Bear, responded to this review

I am so sorry you needed to review my pub in this way and apologise that you felt unable to stay and eat. Melanie More 

Welwyn, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

Dinner as I said although not bad was just average and uninspired. It was our cheapest meal whilst away but the worst value for money. Food was just plain and unadventurous, little lacking In Flavour. The bar girl was lovely, waiting staff average, Sorry not a great experience.......

1 Thank rothwell6162
Roda10, Owner at The Black Bear, responded to this review

I am sorry you felt you had to review my pub like this, and that you did not enjoy your visit. Melanie More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $18
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street, Wool BH20 6BP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Wool
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 405541

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?