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The Bell & Bear, Rowley Regis

71 Gorsty Hill Road
Coombswood
Postal town: Rowley Regis
B65 0HA

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Bell & Bear

Fine heritage pub, plausibly claiming to be over 400 years old and the most historic building between Halesowen and Blackheath. As a former farmhouse, it is set back from the road by some distance, and being on sloping ground it's no surprise to find that there is a patio terrace with good views at the back. Partly opened-out out, but there are still five distinct seating / dining areas on three sides of the central servery. Good value, mid-range pub food menu, but cobs are also available at the bar. Not a bad selection from six of the seven handpumps either: Batham's Bitter, Wye Valley HPA, Holden's Golden Glow and Enville Ale (£3.40) plus a couple of ciders.

On 28th October 2018 - rating: 8
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Roy Collins left this review about Bell & Bear Inn

Very old cottage type pub set back from the main road.Good selection of ales and lots of people eating.Large garden and terrace at the back, with great views over the surrounding countryside.

On 18th September 2016 - rating: 8
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Andy Ven left this review about Bell & Bear Inn

Cottage style family pub. I have added some photos so (rather lazily) I won’t describe the interior. We visited early on a Friday afternoon and it was rather quiet (maybe the major roadworks outside didn’t help) so it lacked a bit of atmosphere. It was clean and tidy though and the service was pleasant enough.

The choice of real ales was Timothy Taylor Landlord, Sharp’s Doom Bar, Byatt’s Phoenix Gold, Enville Old Porter, Enville White and Enville Ginger.

On 19th June 2012 - no rating submitted
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Soup Dragon left this review about Bell & Bear Inn

A detached and cream rendered pub, with a patio, it looks like a former elongated Jacobean farmhouse, so i could happily go with the 400 years!

The interior was a single, large, open-plan L-shaped room which is in yellow and red patterned wallpaper, with white wood panel and red and pew seating and sturdy wooden tables. A traditional place, it has clocks and general ephemera all over the place and there were a few Victorian looking fireplaces. The TVs were not on and the music was general and at a decent level. They serve food and we ate - my curry was fine, the cheesy chips a little over-done, but all in all, it was fine. The service was fine and the clientele was just a few other people, not eating.

Beer: tap stuff with M&B keg MILD. On handpull there was Timothy Taylor Landlord, Abbot Ale, Purity UBU, Theakston's Old Peculiar, Saddlers Wee Shimmy and a really good Enville Ale

A really decent pub - terrific beer choice and decent quality in a pub of some character. It was in the GBG 2010 and worthy of it - go and visit.

On 3rd February 2011 - no rating submitted
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Bell & Bear Inn

lovely pub this, not what you may expect in the Rowley Regis/Old Hill area as it has the feel of a country pub.

Large bar/lounge, usual pub red cloth benches/wood seats.

It does look a little 'tired' inside, but its comfortable and unusal for the area and has great views over the Black Country from the back or the patio.

Also excellent beer choice and quality.

Within walking distance up the steep hill from Old Hill station.

On 24th November 2009 - rating: 8
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John Horton left this review about Bell & Bear Inn

Smashing pub. Good ale, especially the Taylors Landlord. Good basic food, good portions. Car park at front of building, wonderful garden with views out to the Clee Hills at the rear. Near an industrial estate. Quizzes on Thursdays - unless they've changed the day since my last visit. Floor next to the bar is a little uneven so the little bloke next to you may be bigger than he seems. One of the best pubs in the area.

On 14th July 2008 - rating: 8
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Steve Thorpe left this review about Bell & Bear Inn

A 400 year old pub offering fantastic views of the Black Country offering a good selection of ales

On 13th August 2007 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 130 recommendations about 126 pubs]