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This dimly lit boozer, with its antique dressers, vintage bric-a-brac & board games, provides a welcoming Bear hug in an area that sometimes feels less than inviting. Beer lovers are treated to a steady rotation of well-kept cask ales & bottled imports such as Coopers Sparkling Ale from Australia. Wine lovers are also well catered for, with a choice selection of good-value bins. The daily changing food menu combines French country cooking with seasonal British ingredients, hence snails, bacon & wild garlic are combined in a pie, & tender guinea fowl is served with girolles. Sunday lunches are especially popular & generally include three meats – pork belly, lamb shoulder & rib of beef, say – plus a fish & vegetarian dish. Upstairs, an events space plays host to regular exhibitions & gigs.

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The Bear

296a Camberwell New Road ,London SE5 0RP

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May 2012

Editor's pick The Bear managed to put me at my ease despite being well out of my comfort zone in this part of town! We popped in to pick something up (well, 2 dogs) from a friend, ended up staying for a drink, ended up staying for food, ended up staying for the pub quiz. Decor fits in the reasonably familiar theme of ‘modern traditional’ with old style pub tables/chairs, darkish walls and wood galore, enormous stuffed bear on the bar. There's a reasonable range of house wines (5/6 of each colour) as well as the...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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The Bear

296a Camberwell New Road ,London SE5 0RP

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Aug 2011

I use this restaurant/pub perhaps twice a week and on many Sundays. I am never hassled out and can sit and read the Sunday papers and frankly just enjoy the atmosphere and other customers. The pub is large and airy and full of interesting object and period pictures, the music seems to be in tune with the age and type of customers at the time. How do they do that ? I take my dog sometimes – the staff hurry over with a bowl and biscuits, it really is like going to friends in the country and hard to...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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The Bear

296a Camberwell New Road ,London SE5 0RP

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Jan 2009

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This is an excellent neighbourhood gastropub, a handsome interior with very friendly service and reasonably priced food. Highly recommended for weekend brunch on bright, clear afternoons with the sun streaming through the large windows.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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The Bear

296a Camberwell New Road ,London SE5 0RP

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Oct 2008

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Having eaten there several times, this pub is consistently excellent. It's the place locals are talking about in terms of being the best food in the area (better than the excellent Dark Horse). The food is quite typical of gastropubs, but being in Camberwell they have to try that bit harder. So portion sizes are generous because people around here are quite sensitive about getting value for money too. Having eaten in pubs which are more celebrated on these pages – such as in East Dulwich – I can...

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Butter B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 10

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Essential Details for The Bear

  • Cuisine: Gastropub
  • Area: Camberwell
  • Price: £37.00
  • Wine: £15.10
  • Champagne: £44.00
  • Private Dining: 50

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