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The Bear and Blacksmith

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Socially distanced dining tables
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A really friendly, welcoming pub with excellent food. Helpful staff, good food selection (great fish!) and happy ambiance. Wish we’d been able to go more than once!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bear & Blacksmith NEVER fails to deliver. They have a farm to fork approach and my goodness it delivers in terms of flavours of food, drinks offerings & superb, friendly service. We went for Sunday lunch with friends, 3 had lamb and one pork. It...was genuinely superb! Reasonable price point & great vfm. Highly recommend a visit to this great village pub.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent meals were served; attentive and professional staff; well spaced tables and can thoroughly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a fabulous meal here during our short stay in the area. Great selection on offer from both their usual menu and daily specials so far more choice than your usual pub menu. Very small bar area so this is definitely more of a restaurant...than a pub & would highly recommend if you are in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This small village pub/restaurant surprised and delighted us with the quality of food and ales. An interesting menu was offered up and served by friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best meals we ate during a week long stay in the area. The local scallops were particularly memorable. We ate outside which was a great relaxed setting to bring our 1yo out for lunch as he was able to play in the...garden. Thank you for preparing him a lovely cottage pie with roasted veg. It was great that you offered something different than the standard chips based kids meal. The service was welcoming and we would highly recommend visiting.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An attractive village pub as you approach. Be aware if you arrive by car as there is no road sign for the car park but turn down Tanpits Lane where you will find parking behind the pub. We were disappointed when entering the pub as...it was more like a refurbished bistro/restaurant and not the feel of the quintessential British pub. That said plenty of locals at the bar. For some reason our reservation for a table for lunch wasn't available but we were shown by the lovely bar lady to a garden table in a pleasant covered area. Good fish 'n' chips, the latter crispy. Lovely team. Despite over a year of government project fear and lockdown hysteria the pub still has signs for wearing masks, social distancing and the NHS track and trace. Playing covid19 policeman but ignored by all.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had several meals there and all were excellent. All the people working there are helpful and friendly. A must to visit if you are in the area.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 31 August 2021 via mobile

Excellent service from a senior waitress who accommodated our needs and let my son try different ciders before purchasing. Catered for an off menu cocktail as well. Would never have guessed that there is a beautiful seating area behind the front door. Really nice layout....Food was delicious especially the scallops. Would have given 5/5 but after starters service was slow although fully understand that this may be caused by staffing shortages. Would definitely visit again. Beautiful garden outside lit by fairy lights as well ❤️More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 27 August 2021

Visited on a busy evening. |Sat outside. Booking is definitely recommended. Drinks arrived quickly but took a long time to take the order, some items had run out of stock. Time for food to arrive was a long wait. Food was well presented. Staff friendly...& efficient.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Response from norris30 | Property representative |
Hi we do in our bar area
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Response from 228JenC | Reviewed this property |
They do, yes.
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Response from Paul P | Reviewed this property |
Best to email and I am sure they would help
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Yes, The Bear and Blacksmith is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Bear and Blacksmith is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5