Bear & Staff, Leicester Square
A friendly enough pub on Charing Cross Road, which given its proximity to Leicester Square is seldom quiet. There's nothing that remarkable about it, other than it fits the image for many visitors to London of what a pub is - real ales, traditional pub grub - yet it also has a fair number of more regular punters, perhaps somewhat surprisingly. It's location does make it a great place to meet up near the National Gallery or theatre land all around it; it's fairly obvious on Charing Cross Road and hard to miss. And, as it's part of the Nicholson's chain, the beer is well-kept and there's a good variety of it, as well - try their 'sup before you tup' scheme to taste the beer before you buy it, if you're uncertain what you're getting. Go on, give it a go - it's a touch above your usual West End pub - but that's enough.
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29 Sep 2010
Went into the Bear & Staff last Sunday for a first visit. Beer and wine was good and deceided to try the upstairs bar/restaurant for some food. The menu looked good with a nice choice of sausages with mash/toad in the hole or, in a sandwich with chips. Ordered some garlic bread to start and a sausage sandwich with chips, easy stuff eh? After a 20 minute wait, the garlic bread was served by a miserable waitress, burnt! Next up came the 'sandwich & chips' but arrived as sausages on mash. Advised the waitress who took the plate back into the kitchen to explain to the 'chef'. 10 minutes later, same sausages arrived, luke warm, in two pieces of dry french bread with luke warm chips. Explained to waitress who, without any apology, took the plate and promptly brought our bill to the table with a face like thunder. I would advise anyone, looking to eat, to avoid this dump like the plague. The 'chef' clearly couldn't give a toss and the waitress would rather be anywhere else then there. Lots of choice in London so don't make the same mistake as me.
11 Bear Street, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7AS
020 7930 5260
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