Brief History and Interior
The pub dates back to 1664 and was built to replace a building destroyed in the siege of Chester during the English Civil War in 1645. It is one of the finest examples of a black and white half timbered building in Chester and much of the front is original.
It was originally the town house of the Earl of Shrewsbury, sergeants of the Bridgegate in the mid 17th century and it has been an inn since the 18th century. It is not clear how the pub got its name, as the bear and billet (a bear holding a ragged staff) was a symbol of the Earls of Warwick.
The pub’s claim to fame is that John Lennon’s grandmother, Annie Jane Millward, was born in the Bear and Billet in 1873.
The pub is split over three levels with a bar, seating areas and outside smoking area on the ground floor, and a restaurant and lounge areas on the first and second floors. There are lots of exposed beams throughout the pub but it does have a distinctly modern feeling to it.
You can expect a good selection of beers on up to six hand pulls. When I visited in June 2011, four ales and a cider were available – Okells Bitter, Pheonix Hopsack, Salopian Oracle, Spitting Feathers Thirstquencher and Chedder Valley cider.
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Bear and Billet
94 Lower Bridge Street
Tel: 01244 311 886
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