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Now back to being The Bear and selling real ales. Empty when I visited on Thursday lunchtime but couldn't see any reason why, the beer was fine.
hollybush33 - 16 Apr 2017 15:16
Now back to being The Bear and selling real ales. Empty when I visited on Thursday lunchtime but couldn't see any reason why, the beer was fine.
hollybush33 - 16 Apr 2017 15:16
Now a cocktail bar called The Snug. Great if you like that type of thing, but I don't.

Two taps on the bar but no ale available so had to settle for a pint of Amstel. Shockingly overpriced at £4.35.

Music just too loud to have a conversation at normal levels. On the plus side, staff friendly and efficient and the place was cleaned and well maintained throughout.
duchyjim - 30 Sep 2016 12:45
Has changed hands and had a name change already. Not a good sign...
littledrummerboy - 3 Aug 2016 00:03
Has now become a craft beer type of place. I was quite looking forward to having this new addition to the towns beer scene, but it's a bit crap to be totally honest. A good choice of beers in bottle in the fridge albeit at a really over-inflated price - particularly the British ones. The staff seem pretty inept at serving and have no knowledge of what they are selling. The background muzak is enough to do your head in too!
littledrummerboy - 6 Feb 2016 14:52
has been operating as a "freehouse" ? been in a few times over the past six months though to be honest although the ales well kept there isn't not much choice - a permanent Greene King beer plus a guest which more often than not is just another approved GK beer - don't feel like rushing back anytime soon.
moclips2002 - 5 Apr 2015 16:45
The bear is a bit of a hidden gem right on the high street, laid back locals, decent pool table... not as many ales on tap but fairly well kept
dontlookaway - 6 Mar 2011 17:37
Always liked the Bear, nice beer laid back atmosphere and its consistent. If you fancy a decent drink with good company out of the usual rat run - this is the place
Bouncer12 - 27 Nov 2010 12:44
Have to agree with previous rater, service was very good and the punters seemed very laid back.
IMG1975 - 23 Mar 2009 09:59
Interesting pub with a pool table at the front entrance and a long narrow bar beyond which can also be reached via a side entrance. Friendly laid back sort of place where you're likely to be engaged in conversation by your fellow drinkers. Greene King beers, IPA and Olde Trip.

Millay - 18 Jan 2009 00:40
A wonderful pub, one that makes you smile as you walk in the door. A wee bit expensive but worth every penny to get away from the mindless drones that usually populate Bedford High street.
biggingerdude - 1 Jul 2008 11:59
Looked like a typical 'probably best to avoid' town-centre pub from the outside. Inside, there is a strange, brightly-lit area with a pool table at the front and a very long, gloomy bar further back. However, much to my surprise, there were two real ales on (including an excellent pint of Hydes Jeckyll's Gold). Overall, rather better than I was expecting.
rpadam - 25 Apr 2008 21:34
I started to drink in the bear in the summer of 2000 and not much has changed in that time apart from the addition of a games room. The regulars are still regular which speaks volumes for the pub itself. Although the bear is an alternitive pub it is a welcome alternitive to the usual barrage of drunken chavs with something to prove. The Bear also boasts one of the best and wide ranging selection of music on their Jukebox. This thing can play everything from Jamiroquai to Cradle of Filth, something for everyone
mikkistinge - 9 Jun 2007 19:52
didnt realise this place was open sunday afternoons, quiet pleasant pint, refreshingly different juke box, Everards Old Original available, i thought it was a Greene King Pub (not that i'm complaining)

moclips2002 - 25 Mar 2007 22:38
This pub has a lengthy history as a hang-out for Bedford's alternative types. In contrast to the Hobgoblin (which masquerades as something similar but has less character than a Yates' Wine Lodge) The Bear is a genuine alternative pub with a strong scene of regulars and unusual characters. The bar can seem dark and dingy but this is intentional and part of the ambience. They have recently opened a popular games room with a pool table and dartboard. Violence is practically unknown in this pub. It is a hidden oasis of peace and individuality in the hellish onslaught that is Bedford High Street on a Saturday night.
greene_man - 13 Feb 2007 12:52
Friendly town centre pub, ale was good
alewhale - 1 Oct 2005 22:04
has anyone else noticed that this is the only pub on the high street without doormen yet there is never really any trouble in there but still it has a rep for being a dodgy place doesnt make sense to me
matloch - 28 Sep 2005 17:27
No knives needed - never ever felt threatened in this place - good music, good beer and far less idiots than anywhere else on the High Street.
emcg - 28 Jul 2005 19:38
Take a knife. Not because they're short of cutlery, but to fit in and feel safer. It's dark and dingy and you'll get stared at if you're not wearing a long black mac and huge black worn-out boots. Odd.
pwh - 28 Jun 2005 10:48
seriously chilled, decent ale, brought back memories on the juke box...
moclips2002 - 6 Feb 2005 21:55
the landlord is a sweetie
wen decay - - 17 Oct 2004 10:02
The best pub in the whole wide world!!!!!!! go if your a wee bit odd!!!! like me!!!
Sophette - 14 Jul 2004 16:22
A classic and now rarely seen 'rockers' pub with a fantastic juke box. A bit rough & ready but that's part of its charm.
Eamonn - 6 May 2004 19:43

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