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The Bear & Staff, Leicester Square, WC2

10-12 Bear Street
WC2
WC2H 7AX
Phone: 02073210814
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Tris C left this review about The Bear & Staff

Dating from 1714 but rebuilt in 1878, the name is taken from the Neville family’s crest; Charlie Chaplin supposedly came here.
I came here once before around 1985, probably after taking in a film in neighbouring Leicester Square. This is a Nicholson’s pub with Nicholson’s nods; pseudo-Victorian, but with a fine bar back, tall furniture, smoky blue or white walls with a glossy chocolate brown Anaglypta ceiling and Victorian-style lamps and sconces, mainly tall furniture, all geared towards tourists and theatregoers.
Ales: Pride ‘coming soon’, Doom, Ghost Ship ‘coming soon’ and Nicholson’s Pale Ale at £2.55 a half and pleasant.
This isn’t a bad pub, but given the location, it’s not worth making a special effort to reach it, but it was interesting to be back after 36 years.

On 4th November 2021 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Bear & Staff

Usually busy, as one would expect from a well-placed Theatreland pub, with a small bar at street level supplemented by a side room and the Chaplin Bar (dining area) upstairs. As a Nicholson's, I found the 'house' Pale Ale on one of the six handpumps on this visit, together with Doom Bar, London Pride, Brick Field Brown from Five Points, St Austell Mandarina Bavaria and Wild Beer's Pogo. In my experience you get prompt and efficient service by the bar staff, and with the beers kept in good condition this is definitely one of the better pubs in the area.

On 8th November 2019 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Bear & Staff

Quite a small Nicholson’s pub across from the tube station.

On 10th October 2019 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
London Charing Cross, 0.35 miles, 6 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.15 miles, 22 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.01 miles, 38 min walk (show)
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4th Nov 2021, 18:46
Review submitted by Tris C
 
8th Nov 2019, 20:45

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Car Park : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Darts : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 October 2019 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Live Music : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 04 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 October 2019 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 02 October 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 04 November 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 October 2019 by hondo .
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