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The White Bear, Fickleshole - pub details

White Bear
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Address: Fairchilde's Lane, Selsdon, Surrey, CR6 9PH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 15170) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Woldingham (3.2 miles), Upper Warlingham (3.5 miles), Whyteleafe (3.6 miles)

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Nicely situated in the hamlet of Fickleshole, only a few miles from New Addington yet feeling very rural, the White Bear is an attractive old building, perhaps originally a row of cottages but then combined into one. It says on the outside wall of the pub that it dates from the sixteenth century. On our visit on Sunday, 11th September, we scanned the bar for hand-pumps. There were three, but it was initially alarming that none appeared to be in use (no clips on them). Then we spotted the four gravity-dispense casks nearby. Panic over, we went for the Pilgrim's Fickleshole and it was very good. I was concerned that the cask not being sited in the cellar might mean that the beer was lukewarm, but it was pleasantly cool. Two pints, plus a half pint of orange juice came to £9.90, which I thought rather expensive, but nevertheless a decent pint and a pub I'd be happy to visit again.
beermann - 12 Sep 2016 13:08
I think I had close to the best fillet steak I've ever had in this pub the other day... It's definitely the best fillet steak I've ever had in a pub in England. The beer was pretty good, too.

And my companion had the steak and kidney pudding... she couldn't finish it because it was too big. I finished it. That was the best steak and kidney pudding I've ever had...

The Ringwood 49er was pretty good, too :-)

The building has some character - it's clearly been extended over some centuries. I sat in a snug which was once the entry door and was surrounded by interesting stained glass panels.

I'll be going back to try some more of the food...
QuinnF - 17 Feb 2016 20:46
This is one of my watering holes when returning from a cycle ride into Surrey. I've always found beer well kept and there is always a good choice. Although very much geared up for food, I've never been made to feel unwelcome as just a drinker. Staff were willing to find seats inside for three people on a cold Mother's Day when many tables were booked. "You can sit there for an hour or so but must be prepared to move when booked party arrive". I've no problem with that, anyway before the party came another table became vacant and we moved and spent another hour or so and another £12. Lots of other pubs with pretentions to being restaurants should take note.
paulfitzs - 3 Apr 2015 10:31
The wife and I have been coming here for at least 6 years now, but not for the last few months. It would seem that although it is run very efficiently and competently by Nicole, the two owners have gotten progressively greedier as the years have crept by. The prices now are ridiculous. The food is still quite tasty, but basic, uninspiring and old fashioned and as a result, not worth it. You'd pay the same at a decent restaurant. Beer? At least £3.90 a pint. Large glass of wine? You're looking at nearly £9.00! This place has become a victim of its own success and I'd like to believe they've hiked up the prices to deter the chavs from nearby New Addington. I'm more inclined to think the owners are just greedy. Sort this beautiful pub out now before you ruin it!
Cakenhoff - 2 Apr 2013 17:22
Popular pub with helpful and friendly staff. Good food and a well chosen selection of real ales. Fickleshole Bitter excellent, clean tasting pint with restrained hop character..lowish strength so perfect for drivers.
Insearchofthebestpint - 13 Mar 2013 21:48

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