Visited The Hungry bear with a group of around 10 for the first time this weekend. What can I say, probably one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. You could be forgiven for walking straight past the unassuming building, you don't expect it to be where it is. Inside the decor is something between hip and homely. I think they sourced the furniture second hand, so lot's of mismatched chairs and tables, lots of wood, as bad as that sounds it actually works well and the end result looks great.
The restaurant was quiet at the time as we were dining quite early. The waitress who looked after us was fantastic, very knowledgeable when it came to the food/wine/ale and very friendly.
The food really was very good. You can tell the owners and kitchen staff are true foodies. Good selection on the menu, just the right amount of choice (I hate it when restaurants have hundreds of choices on the menu!). We had all three courses (excluding a complementary soup taster that we also had), We sampled each others meals and I didn't taste anything that was sub-amazing. The roast beef is insane, so so tender, such good flavour.
They also home-brew their own ales in the restaurant, as with the food they were also very good, the waitress explained the nuances of each one, where the hops were from, the strength, the flavour. We couldn't decide so we tried all of them! They tasted great, each was very distinct and unique, these are no generic "house beers".
Even the music they were playing was great! Who compiles your playlist hungry bear?
If you want unpretentious fine British dining you would be very hard pushed to find better than The Hungry Bear.
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