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Bell and Bear, Emberton - pub details

Address: 12 High Street, Emberton, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 5DH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 41904) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 7.2/10 (rated by 5 users)
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user reviews of Bell and Bear, Emberton

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Dead impressed with this place. 4 real ales on all from different breweries and all seemingly well kept. No less than 5 real ciders mostly from local producers (Gasping Goose being the highlight). Friendly staff, friendly locals and a roaring fire . The chef who was on a break even offered us his seat by the fire on condition that we kept the fire going! Apparently there is a high quality restaurant in the other room which I can well believe. Well worth the walk in the rain from Olney town centre. This is what a pub should be like...
undeaded - 29 Nov 2015 17:22
The bar area is a long narrow room, with the wood panelled bar counter on the left. Flooring is rough wood, and there is limited seating with a solitary table in the window alcove underneath the TV and a few bar stools elsewhere. The wall on the left is liberally plastered with beer mats, presumably from brews that they have served up in the past. On the right is a narrow ledge, just right for resting your pint on, and a few random prints up above, along with a selection of awards that the pub has won. There were also a couple of pots of marmalade and chutney for sale. At the rear is a small sports area with a couple more tables and a table skittles game.

This is very much a friendly community local, and apparently you can even bring along your own home grown veg in exchange for beer and food! I was making a point of visiting the pub for two reasons, but unfortunately it failed on both counts. Firstly I wanted to try a local cider, Hard Core from Virtual Orchard in Wolverton which has recently won a Camra gold award, and I understand that this is the only regular stockist. Unfortunately though, it had run out and there wouldn’t be any more until they produced another batch next year! My second quest was simply something to eat, but I failed here too as the chef was off due to having a tooth out!

Nonetheless, this is clearly a great village local and I would happily return. The landlady and the locals all seemed friendly and it had a great atmosphere. Beers on tap are all from micro or obscure breweries (their words, not mine) and on this occasion were Mordue Five Bridges plus HMS Neptune and November, both from Buntingford. The solitary cider was Kingston Press.
Blackthorn - 23 Nov 2011 20:58
Have been here a few times in last 3 months and enjoyed excellent ale and also the 2 local ciders that they sell from Milton Keynes orchards from the friendly and well informed Sophie.Had a chance to go to a Cider and Apple themed 8 course meal for a friends 60th and can only say it was one of the best and most creative meals i've enjoyed for a long time,clearly the Chef(Jon) is highly talented and put on a locally sourced menu which would put many a so called "restaurant" to shame.
This is a proper local with a warm welcome for anyone also if you're lucky on a Fri night a local baker pops in with the latest batch of artisan made breads.All pubs should be like this
foodieman - 25 Oct 2011 15:36

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