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The Bear Tavern, Smethwick - pub details

Address: 500, Bearwood Rd, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 4BX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 17864) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Smethwick Rolfe Street (1.5 miles), The Hawthorns (1.5 miles), Langley Green (2.1 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.3/10 (rated by 15 users)
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Midland, Bearwood (0.0 miles), Samba Lounge, Bearwood (0.1 miles), Abbey, Smethwick (0.3 miles), Kings Head, Harborne (0.3 miles), Quantum, Harborne (0.3 miles) - see more nearby pubs

user reviews of the Bear Tavern, Smethwick

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Good pub, always a few well kept ales on, I'm a football fan so this place suits me, service is good even when busy. 7/10
Aladinsane - 14 Nov 2016 17:27
Less than a two minute stroll from real ale specialist The Midland, the Bear sports only half the number of handpulls that dispense mostly standard fare. However in terms of atmosphere the Bear beats The Midland into a cocked hat, which may have been due in part to two sets of competing football fans descending on to it at roughly the same time. This provided a boisterous, yet good humoured soundtrack to quaffing a well kept pint of Otter's ale. Despite the crush at the bar the service was brisk and courteous, and although screens were dotted all over this large pub I didn't find them at all intrusive, but then I don't generally. Probably not a pub to tick all the boxes for trad ale house purists but may fit the bill for those who like some Saturday night positivity with their grog. Not perfect but earns a 7/10.
ILooklikeme - 29 Jan 2016 12:08
Decent place. Nice mix of customers , young and old, good buzz about the place
davidchar - 30 Dec 2014 14:13
It's been smartened up considerably and seems to be pulling in the punters. The well-kept real ales were a welcome addition.
daveinbrum - 5 Dec 2010 19:25
Typical large 'Spoons pub, and many may say it is rough and ready. Bearwood is aspiring to be Harborne or Selly Oak rather than Smethwick, but just under its middle class veneer lurks the Bear Tavern. And in a way, it is a good thing too.

The flip side is the clientele on most weekend evenings, although the 'PLace 2 B' across the Three Shires Oak road is much worse if you are wary of a ruck in my humble opinion.
wbafc_beer - 27 Nov 2009 22:12

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