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Bear Inn, Wincanton

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Probably one of the worst pints I have had in years. tried the St Austell 'Tribute'....just about drtinkable and very cloudy. I shpould of returned it but in all honesty I couldn't be bothered. I wont be going back.
wolvesfan - 6 Mar 2014 12:26
I came in after finding 'Uncle Tom's' closed.
I spottted Thatchers Dry, which sounded good but turned out to be the keg version. Still, could be worse (rephrase that - still cider would be better) & the town is a bit small to hope for two real cider pubs.

A tasty sausage, egg & chips for 4.75: very good sausages from the local butcher,

Nice to find tjhe local bus timetable book available on the bar.
jgurney1 - 14 Feb 2012 13:12
Stayed here last night as exactly half way point on my journey. Great couple of pints of Ringwood and a cracking home made pork pie. After last orders I watched the landlord meticulously clean his beer lines, always a good sign. Friendly owners, staff and locals. Probably a good job I do not live in Wincanton as I would happily bed in here of an evening more than I should.
dan26 - 10 May 2011 23:19
Lovely old building. However beware of the floor, its very uneven.
Ringwood best and Doom bar on offer today. Not a bad menu with various specials on the board. Friendly locals with the pool table tucked at the back. So hopefully you cah avoid getting a pool cue in the back!!!
captaineric - 24 Feb 2011 19:58
Found the pub clean, warm & welcoming this lunchtime. 4 hand pulls offering Ringwood Best, GK Abbot, Sharps Doombar. The excellent Ringwood rated a CAMRA 4. A pub grub menu with very reasonable prices. The current Landlady has been there 13 years, since old Joe retired. This place has remained unaltered for many years (Grade II listed) and certainly hasn't changed since I was a regular in the early 1990s. Pool table in back room.
Being half way between London & Plymouth, Wincanton was important in the 18th century for its Coaching Inns, of which this is one. The entrance to the old stable yard hasn't changed either. Don't know about getting a stagecoach in, but my Jag fitted without any bother!
Saxon_Scooper - 12 Feb 2010 18:00
Just been in for the first time for a swift lunchtime pint - very pleasant 'olde worlde' town pub that is clean and comfortable. Very friendly bar staff. Menu isn't pretentious and offers normal pub grub and an extensive range of bar snacks all at very reasonable prices. The Ringwood Best was in tip-top condition. Also on offer was Abbot and Toby - blimey, I haven't seen Toby for several years now (must be the sheltered life I lead!).
BobOs - 14 Oct 2008 12:43
Male dominated bar hoggers. This has the feel of an old man's pub. It's smokey and slightly unpleasant. We went for food but changed our minds once inside because of the smell and general grubbyness. Other people who came for food after us and were accepting of the conditions seemed to have problems ordering food or even establishing if food was being served.

There were three cask ales on offer, Abbot, Bombardier and Ringwood Best. The Best was served cool, but not in peak condition.

Shame, because this place has an atmosphere and could be so much better.
SilkTork - 11 Apr 2007 11:48
Actually, I believe the nearest rail stations are Castle Cary and Gillingham.
rentawitch - 20 Apr 2006 08:01
This is an 18th century coaching inn. It can be tight getting a car in, goodness knows how they managed a coach and horses!!

This is a superb pub, very much an institution in the town, with excellent resident and guest real ales, with mulled wine also on tap in the colder months. A real fire in the bar. Bar meals are served, there are also separate dining areas, a small entertainment area with a large screen TV, a pool table, and a pay juke box. They also have a giant Jenga set if you ask.
It has a large hall available for hire; this is also used as a traditional skittles alley.

The food is superb and very reasonable. Check out the Friday night steak specials.

The Bear is run by Jo and Ian with help from Rosmar and other wonderful staff and extra help from Meg and Bones the dogs. Bones is currently working on a challenge for 'biggest dog in the world' it is thought!

There is also very reasonably priced accommodation, some en-suite and some shared bathroom. The town is an epicentre for the fans of Discworld and Terry Pratchett because of the presence in the town of 'The Cunning Artificer's Discworld Emporium' just up the High Street. This is also a good place to stay when attending Wincanton races.

rentawitch - 20 Apr 2006 08:00

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