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The Bear Hotel, Alcester

High Street
B49 5AB
Phone: 01789763847

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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Bear Hotel

A 16th Century Coaching House, attracting more diners than drinkers. The front open plan room which ran along the front of the pub was average and served a purpose. The pub was refurbished about a year ago and it looks as though at some point there were separate rooms. The most interesting feature here was the high vaulted timber frame ceiling above a dining area, which was original.
Four handpumps, with two in use, serving Sharp's Doom Bar and a Wadworth Henrys IPA. My IPA was in good shape.

On 24th February 2015 - rating: 6
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Bear Hotel

The Bear Hotel looks really nice from the outside.
Once inside the pub is a bit of a dissapointment,there is a large T shaped room with the bar on the left side,this side of the room was bare boarded,there were tall tables and stools near the bar,the right side looked more comfortable,it was carpeted and had leather settees,there is also a small dining room up a few steps to the rear left,there is a large corridor which faces the entrance,this area had seating in it.
There was only one real ale on the bar which was Hobsons Best,this was a decent drink.
The pub was quite busy mid Saturday afternoon with a good mix of customers.

Pub visited 10/5/2014

On 10th May 2014 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about The Bear Hotel

A very appealing pub from the outside but once you walk through the door, there is a huge overwhelming disappointment. The whole place has been thoughtlessly refurbished seemingly with little respect for the building's history. It now very much aimed at the young drinker of no fixed taste who is more likely to be admiring the Sky match and the pool shots than the architecture and heritage. The main bar area off to the left is quite bare but at least has some of the old exposed beams. The sofas (without any tables in front of them) look rather out of place and there is very little other seating here. The beer selection is poor with no Real Ales and standard kegs, oh, and a Slush Puppy machine to keep the under 10's happy.

To the right of the bar is a large room with a wonderful vaulted roof and large brick fireplace that sadly is used for nothing other than to act as a useful spot for their “Watch Live Football Here” poster. The seating is by way of extremely uncomfortable benches and there is no attempt to retain the room's essence. Mounted football shirts are on display where perhaps a few medieval artifacts (torch holders, shields, coats of arms etc) would be more apt. The area is presumably also used for DJs, karaoke, live acts etc - it deserves better.

Down the centre of the pub is a corridor that was probably once an open passageway but has now been roofed over to create a larger interior. A row of seats line one side and there are quiz / fruit machines at the end.

On the other side is another large room used exclusively for pool (2 tables). Again there are some nice features (particularly the fireplace with its adjoining cart wheel) but the room just begs to be admired by more than a lagered up pool player.

To the front is a small recess with a dart board and another big screen and a table looking out into the pretty high street. All in all this is a bit of a waste of a lovely building and with a bit of imagination, care, thought and even some proper beers, it could be so much better. Maybe one day it will be.

On 11th December 2006 - rating: 4
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