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Bear, Horsham

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user reviews of the Bear, Horsham

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Still an awful place - totally incapable of complying with COVID protocols.

Distancing isn't a feature and staffing levels are totally inadequate. Simply, avoid.
randolf7 - 26 Sep 2020 16:23
Local redneck haunt - run as a club for them.

Was closed for a long time.

The Horsham pub to avoid, if you're not a a redneck.

Init.
wealdman - 4 Aug 2018 13:40
Quiet a small pub - so, when attempting to buy a drink at the bar - a local ape took exception to me invading his space.

I drank up fast and left, never to return. Seemingly, the place has a high tolerance level for the great unwashed of Horsham.

A pity - as it's a nice little pub, in a central location; the ape seemed at home though - on friendly terms with the staff.
tradervic - 2 Jun 2018 14:51
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT - this time it means a nice quiet place to have a drink. No TV no juke box. Nice and clean decor. Landlords welcoming and friendly. We had a relaxed pint before going to dinner. Felt like we'd come to a good old fashioned pub. If you've not been in a while, try it. You might like it.
LisaBB - 3 Oct 2016 10:50
Reopened, not much else has changed.
randolf7 - 2 Jul 2016 14:25
Shut - thankfully...
mandraker - 15 Nov 2015 21:30
Not for me anymore since it changed hands. Barman was scarely able to serve two drinks. Full of foul-mouthed strutting 40-something blokes who were full of ale and anger.
workhard - 29 Apr 2013 17:47
I can't remember too much about this place as I was very drunk.
But I suppose that's a good thing.
cavalieri - 2 Feb 2012 19:56
Very much a locals / male sports pub.

The pub was packed during our visit on a Saturday afternoon and showing Villa v Man Utd. Found it very funny / almost impressive that they even have a screen showing the game outside the rear of the pub at the smoking area.

Some of the blokes looked a bit rough and ready, but the atmosphere was actually very relaxed and the few locals we chatted to were decent guys.

Would like to give it another try when there's no sport being shown.

Stowford Press Cider on draught.
Pat_Bateman - 16 Nov 2010 16:48
Seems to be some confusion with the reviews as this pub doesn't serve food..........busy little locals pub.........can be VERY local but seems friendly enough............
OldSchoolTie - 12 Aug 2010 01:00
What a great little pub right in the centre of the Town. We called in for a "spot of lunch" and to rest weary feet from shopping and had a really lovely lunch. Just a sandwich, I say "just a sandwich" but WHAT a sandwich. Lovely tasty fresh bread, non of this mass produced "steamed" stuff, plenty of tuna and mayo filling with a side helping of creamy mayonnaise and hand-cut crisps. All washed down with some Bishops Finger. Lovely!
Jan159937 - 10 Apr 2010 15:38
Last time i visited here they were more than welcoming, the service was fantastic & the food very generous. We rolled in as a family of 4 5 mins before they stopped serving food & were warmly greeted, looked after & not rushed in any way. I'd recommend food & beer here with no hesitation.
levelheaded - 1 Oct 2009 23:26
K&B Sussex, Badger, Pickled Partridge. Quite a pleasant interior, wood round bar, carpetted areas either side, snug-like room with dartboard to the rear, large plasma contrats with wood panelling. Rather dubious about the clientele, one of whom was almost immediately leaning over my shoulder while I noted the beers at the bar, ‘expressing an interest’ would be the kindest wording – he seemed bemused that anyone would want to drink anywhere other than the Bear, where it was likely he’d been most of the day. Another disconcerting occurrence was the dash in, dash out, visits of someone seeming to be desperately seeking someone else, and possibly not for a chat… I surmise, but can only report as I find.
trainman - 11 Nov 2008 05:45
First time I'd been here for a long time and it was a pleasant discovery to find a friendly, welcoming pub. The wall-mounted TVs were perhaps too obtrusive but some people (me included) had some fun with guessing the dates of the old music videos being run.
The Badger ale was some of the best of its ilk that I have drunk and I'm not normally a great fan of Hall & Woodhouse ales.
I'll be going back to The Bear.
Ordinary - 19 Aug 2008 21:06
Great pub now its under new management. It has friendly staff that are pleased to see you unlike some of the other local pubs in the area!!

Good fun on the weekends or for a nice drink after work. Open throughout the day and you dont have to shout over the music.
Boysee - 30 Jun 2008 09:22
A unpretentious boozer with friendly staff and local people. The Bear is continually improving its self thanks to the new landlady Tina.
superdunk - 19 Jun 2008 17:35
Cosy pub but thats all thats good about it
superseagulls - 26 May 2008 12:36
The Landlord has now changed!
fullbelly - 3 May 2008 17:10
They don't serve food!!!
leityij - 16 Mar 2008 20:32
Good cosy local with Hall and Woodhouse beer
anonymous - 23 Sep 2007 09:24
Friendly pub - interesting characters at times but good fun..
rottenporkpies - 10 Mar 2007 20:09
Only been a couple of times but what a great pub - well recommended
atsoutar - 7 Dec 2006 14:01
Yep - not a patch on the original King & Barnes jollop!
5thearlofwimbourne - 4 Sep 2006 15:31
Probably the best pub in the heart of Horsham town centre, I often join my 85 year old Dad in there for a pint on a Saturday lunchtime. They keep a good pint from H&W not the worlds greatest brewer IMHO - but then having been born in Horsham I'm biased against H&W; brewing a beer called 'Sussex' in Dorset makes no sense to me.
workhard - 4 Sep 2006 15:29
A good, honest town centre pub serving a reasonable pint. Any problems with the beer, rest more with the brewer than the landlord. Well worth a visit.
minesatreble - 13 May 2006 14:10
The best pub in the town center. The landlord is friendly, the beer well kept and the regulars an interesting group. I haven't been in for some time but it will be my first port of call when next in Horsham.
Moose58 - 14 Feb 2006 16:19
Lovely, unpretentious little pub and a safe-haven from Bar Vin across the road. About the only place in Horsham that doesn't try to do tickets on Xmas Eve. I love it for that.
jaypod - 31 Dec 2005 11:48
Good honest local pub..

If you want food you could chance it in Bar Vin over the road but you would probably do better having a toaste here and enjoy a proper pint in a nice environment.
Boysee - 17 Sep 2005 21:48
Used to be a great pub but another one "Badgered to death"
AVFC - 1 Sep 2005 15:33
Virtually opposite Bar Vin is this smallish, two-storey, red brick, cosy and traditional local, the original building of which, according to the pub’s 2002 GBG entry, dates back to the 12th century. Inside it consists of an unspoilt rectangular main room with dark-wooden wall panelling, and a smaller room off to the rear left of the bar housing a dartboard and table. Customers are mainly regulars, mostly elderly or middle-aged but also a couple of younger people, plus a few shoppers. Placed up on the wall is a small, unobtrusive TV with the volume on mute; the sound of pop music comes from the radio behind the bar, but the main emphasis here is on drinking, smoking and conversation. Another ex-King and Barnes pub, the Bear now dispenses, from the Hall and Woodhouse range, Badger Best Bitter, Tanglefoot and King and Barnes Sussex Bitter. My half of the latter (£1.13) is decently kept, although not good as that in the Stout House. A sign on the bar advertises freshly filled rolls for £1.50. Behind the bar a cabinet houses a collection of small toy bears. On the wall opposite me a framed newspaper article screams the headline “Trail of the Acid Bath Killer”. I cannot get close enough to read the accompanying story as the seats in this corner of the pub are occupied, but it presumably refers to the murderer John George Haigh who, during the late 1940s, disposed of some of his victims in drums of acid at his workshop in Leopold Road, Crawley.
thequaffer - 14 Apr 2005 14:38
Nice place, well looked after beer and very nice bar staff and manager, quite small, but adds to flavour of the place. Not one to go for food.
mitch65 - 14 Jan 2005 12:21
Tucked away at the side of the old town hall, this small pub used to be home to a colourful landlord and a good range of King & Barnes beers. The take over (and destruction) of King & Barnes by Hall & Woodhouse has seen the beers replaced by standard Badgers offerings, although a reproduction of K&B Sussex is still available (brewed in Blandford I believe). The pub has also changed hands and so seems to lack the character and atmosphere of old.
If you're nearby then by all means give it a try, but there's better beer and food on offer elsewhere in Horsham.
Robin - 14 Aug 2004 08:33

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