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"The Bear Inn" Bear Grill Tip by zizkov

Bear Grill, Stafford: 1 reviews and 3 photos

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This pub is one of the more striking features in the centre and dates back to the seventeenth century. It was built on the site of The Old Black Bear Inn on Greengate St and was a coaching inn. I wonder if anyone then was grumbling about the unsightly redevelopment of the main streets? In the eighteenth century it turned, puzzlingly, into the White Bear. The bear itself is a carving, related to the crest of the Beresford family. It used to be rampant, but apparently is safer from high winds on all fours.

The establishment next door was formerly the Jolly Bacchus public house: a fantastic name, but unfortunately no more.

What particularly drew my attention was all the spikes on the outside: I first noticed them on the bear, then saw they were all over the outside; on all the window ledges; even the tv aerial. And then I saw the chicken wire on the front. I was wondering what kind of debauched hellhole Stafford was, that a pub need such protection. I suspect, however, the truth is more prosiac: they are, I think, anti-pigeon spikes, to stop the feathered fiends from landing, nesting, and indeed, crapping everywhere. There must have been an awful lots of pigeons once.

I didn't go in for a drink. If had known it was quite so historic, I would have had a swift half, but it appeared to be a semi-modernised identi-beers establishment.

Historical info cribbed from Staffordshire Past Track which also has a couple of old pics from the 50s/60s of it, the sign showing Bank's brewery of Wolverhampton.

Address: 7 Greengate St, Stafford
Directions: In the town centre, main pedestrianised shopping street.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 30, 2006
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