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Bear & Billet, Chester Central, Chester

94 Lower Bridge Street
Chester
CH1 1RU
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Steve C left this review about Bear & Billet

The exterior of the Bear and Billet suggests olde worlde pub, but the interior has been stripped out removing any sign of its previous incarnation. It wasn’t that busy during a recent Tuesday afternoon visit, but all the tables in the front bar area were taken. Not wanting to sit in the rear seating areas I ended up siting on a high stool perched on a beer shelf on the central supporting column opposite the bar. This gave me plenty of time to note the presence of six hand pumps that were drawing Westwood Ales Cheshire Cat, Adnam’s Ghost Ship, Hallets Blindfold, Well’s Bombardier, Okell’s Bittier and Great Heck’s Christopher. Food is available, I didn’t read a menu but the roast dinner, mac and cheese and curry on the specials board were all under £10.
There was some background music playing and the large plasma screen was switched off with no signs for live sport that I could see. Adjacent to the fireplace in the left-hand wall is a staircase that I did not venture up. I found the service to be polite and although the interior wasn’t what I expected I still found this to be a decent enough bar that I would have no problem returning to.

On 28th July 2019 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Bear & Billet

A rather impressive-looking olde worlde Okells pub (GI listed, C.17th) which has had a decent go at tradition inside even if the three old rooms have been opened-out and modernised a bit sometime in the previous century - there’s varnished beams, pillars, subdued lighting etc. Six pumps all operational; just two Okells beers with guests from Red Willow and Weetwood as well as a cider. My Okells Bitter was fine, NBSS 3. Weirdly (and just like the Big Hand Alehouse) there were no Okells bottles in the fridge at all – what’s the point of a brewery owning a pub if it isn’t used a showcase for its whole range? Anyhow, this one’s a decent shout for a pint.

On 1st March 2019 - rating: 7
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Jon B left this review about The Bear & Billet

is indeed an Okells pub but thankfully they were only provide 2 of the 6 real ales. it has been modernised somewhat and I didn't particularly like it inside. probably didn't help that it was horrendously busy with the upstairs room reserved today. i'm sure it's a decent pub at quieter times though and the guest ale was excellent.

On 1st December 2018 - rating: 7
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Latest updates View all updates for Bear & Billet, Chester
28th Jul 2019, 15:20
Review submitted by Steve C
 
24th Jul 2019, 12:53
Review submitted by Quinno _

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 July 2019 by Steve C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 26 July 2019 by Steve C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
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