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Bear Hotel Hungerford41 Charnham Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EL
Operating since the 13th century, The Bear ranks amongst Britain's oldest surviving hostelries. If the walls could talk, they'd have plenty to say, including a stint when it was the headquarters of Charles 1 before the 2nd Battle of Newbury (1644) - plus stays by the diarists John Evelyn & Samuel Pepys and later William, Prince of Orange, later William 111.
Nowadays, all apart from the original old beams is 21st century, you eat well in the bar or more formally in the Brasserie which has crisp white napery.
Dishes in the former range from 'Soused Mackerel with Thai Crab & Celeriac Salad'; 'Steak, Kidney & Ale Pie with Horseradish Champ'; 'Ploughman's Salad - offered with various cheeses or ham' and 'Local Ham & Fried Duck Egg with Chunky Chips'.
Whilst the latter offers starters, such as 'Goats Cheese Crème Brulée with Tempura Chili Shallots'; 'Warm Tartlet of Wild Rabbit with Chorizo, Creamed Leeks & Brandy-Soaked Prunes' and 'Salmon Tartare with Pickled Vegetables & Horseradish Crostini' - and mains such as 'Breast of Guinea Fowl with Puy Lentils, Smoked Bacon & Creamed Potatoes'; 'Five Spice Roasted Cod Fillet with Grilled Squid & Thai-Spiced Tomato Sauce' and 'Peppered Scottish Rump Steak with Chunky Chips & Salad'.
Finish with 'Iced Lemon Posset & Pistachio Nut Parfait with Caramelised Figs'; 'Warm Apple & Marmalade Tart with Vanilla Custard & Home-made Ice Cream' or 'Crème Brulée of the Day'.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; mains about £11 to £23
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-21.30; mains about £11 to £23
- Seats: 50
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at about £20
- Children's portions: Children's helpings when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Hungerford Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun
- Rooms available