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“Blues(BCFC)on tour”
Review of Bear Inn

Bear Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Berkswell
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Blues(BCFC)on tour”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Decided to return to this pub which is now part of the Chef and Brewer chain after possibly a 2 year absence.It is situated in a delightful village setting and you want to like it but somehow the bar area high tables and stools don't fit in with the old style decor.Also,many of the restaurant tables have low wooden supports which make sitting at them an uncomfortable experience.Food was acceptable but nothing special and there was a reasonable choice of drinks.Despite appearing to be extremely hard-pressed our waitress Jane was excellent combining accuracy and efficiency with a pleasant disposition.Oh for the days when Fred was in charge and people were turned away because of it's popularity.The Bear should be a little gem but remains a disappointment.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Alan W
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English first
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Upmarket pub grub”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is an old world style public house in a village, with lots of character beams and decor and an enormous garden and car park. Slightly off the beaten track but close to Coventry or Birmingham by car.The menu is similar to pub grub, with a few twists. Prices range from as little as £4.95 up to twenty pounds per main meal. Service is very pleasant but a little brisk at table, however meals take a while to reach table.The food is well presented,basic pub grub quality without chefs flare, and comes across as pricey for what you are getting.On this occasion the food quality was poor . This is a none disabled friendly restaurant as there are steps to all areas and no discernible. ramped areas .

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Katieoxo094
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The Bear could be lovely...but usually isn't”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

The food and service in the pub has varied massively in recent years, usually on the poor side and it now caters to a largely non-local crowd. The interior relies on it's great age and character, but the garden lacks charm (but could be lovely). The food (and general approach) is 'chain-pub-y' and mediocre. It's frustrating as there's much potential to turn this pub into a really good country pub, for drinkers as well as eaters. The local community is active and Quiz Nights, etc, would be well-supported, as opposed to the overly-marketed 'seasonal occasions' such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc that they promote heavily. Most locals visit other local pubs that have more atmosphere, better food, etc. Suggest going back to being a proper, country 'local': stop the incessant corporate-marketing (it's tacky and off-putting); get back to basics with walkers and locals allowed to bring muddy boots and dogs in (it used to do this years ago); light candles, light the fires in winter, more local food and ales on the menu; less in-your-face corporate marketing, and more of what makes a well-loved, well-used country pub. It's hard to define but you know it when you see it. It could be a great (classy) pub. Hope the Bear's management read this and do something!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Sophie L
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Why the bad reviews?”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Myself and my husband went for lunch today and had a lovely meal. The service was attentive and polite, and as we are moving to the Bannerbrook estate shortly, this may well become our 'local'.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank fdumbleton1
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Very poor service”
Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

What is it with this place - there's never any staff on and never anyone behind the bar. Walked in with my family and was waiting at the bar for 5 mins before someone came over and served us and there was hardly anyone in the pub. 5 mins waiting like plums with a que building ip behind us is pretty awkward.

Eventually I had to ask someone to come and serve who was passing by with a plate of food. But still we waited even after this.

Eventually we noticed that all along a member of staff had been sitting down watching us the whole time but had done nothing and told no one to come and serve.

This place could be so good but it is really suffering at the moment from crap management.

Would recommend some proper customer service training like decent pubs staff have.

As far as going to this pub is concerned - it's good for a drink but that's about it - providing you can get served.

Pub is all steps and obstacles - would advise anyone in a wheel chair not to go at all!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank BannerBrook
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