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The Bear (JD Wetherspoon), Maidenhead Central, Maidenhead

10 High Street
Maidenhead
SL6 1QJ
Phone: 01628763030
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J D Wetherspoon

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Aqualung . left this review about The Bear (JD Wetherspoon)

This is quite an upmarket Spoons dating from Spring 2010. It's one of those that was originally a pub rather than a converted shop or office. It was covered in scaffolding on my visit but still open. This prevented any chance of a picture. It's a large square room with the bar at the back and an assortment of furniture. I completely missed spotting an upstairs area! On my Friday afternoon it was crowded mostly with people eating.
The bar has ten hand pumps which had GK IPA & Abbot, Doom Bore, Twickenham Autumn Red doubled up, White Horse Village Idiot, Bingham's Twyford Tipple & Old, Everard's Inbetween and Loddon Hullabaloo. I went for the Bingham's Old (£2.85) which was in great nick but pricey for a Spoons. The standard guest price here is £2.55.
Apart from being a bit expensive I thought this was a pretty good Spoons.

On 1st December 2015 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Bear (JD Wetherspoon)

Internally, little has changed since my review from 2011. This visit found an improved slab of local/guest ales, I tried the W&E Guardsman and Binghams Vanilla Stout which were both in good shape. Very busy on Saturday evening. A top Spoons this and a bit of a default option in a town lacking a good stock of quality pubs.

June 2011
Converted into a JDW at the beginning of 2010, the Bear is an interesting and welcome difference to their usual pub-by-numbers design. Split over two levels with a bar on each (linked by a cast iron spiral staircase), there’s a lot of nice period-style décor (black and silver flock wallpaper excepted), quaint curtained windows and attractive mirrored bar back. On approaching the pub, make sure you take in the large bear atop the exterior entrance porchway, staring at an attractive analogue timepiece (which was, impressively, keeping time). Alongside the usual Spoons range were three unique guest ales amongst the double-clipping - two Rebellion ales and a Loddon, which tasted good. Outside there is a sun-trap front seating area which was proving extremely popular. A factoid gleaned from the pub history section on the wall was that officers were barracked here during WWII. This is an impressive JDW and on this showing it should be on the crawl list by default. Rated 7

On 4th March 2015 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Bear (JD Wetherspoon)

A very good conversion of an old coaching inn to a 'spoons.The interior retains a low ceiling and exposed original beams and struts,and the spiral staircase to the upstairs bar is a feature.There is a wide mix of furniture,with low backed chairs,high stool and tables together with more traditional seating.The small changes in level help to break up the internal space while at the rear of the building is a three sided island bar with two banks of five handpumps.The barman told me the regular ales (GK IPA,Abbott,Adnams Broadside )together with two real ciders are served on the left hand bank ,while five guests are caried on the right hand bank.On my trip this mean Salopian Oracle (£2.25,a little tired and hazy), Vale Conspiracy,Trawlerboys Bitter,Oxfordshire Ale's Marsh Mellow and a doubled up Abbott .A decent selection in my book.
It is worth ascending the spiral to see the seperate bar with three handpumps(regular ales only),a large leather banquette and an area broken up by supporting pillars,all very discrete.However this area can be reserved,so is not always accessable.
There is a Monday quiz, the usual flat screens and fruit machines abound while the food was proving popular on my lunchtime visit.From wandering around town,I would guess that this 'spoons now offers about the best range of real ale to be had,I would suffer the long walk from The Thames to pop back when boating in the area.

On 13th March 2013 - rating: 7
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Maidenhead, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Furze Platt, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Taplow, 1.62 miles, 31 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
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  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW vouchers only - last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
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  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
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