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Bear and Billet

$$ - $$$, British,
94 Lower Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1RU, England
+44 1244 311886
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good38%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
94 Lower Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1RU, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited on St Patrick’s day, which was also Ireland v England in the rugby and a Liverpool football match. All the sports were on tv on the upper floors, which is an excellent idea as we just wanted a drink and late lunch. I...More

Thank mandy c
Reviewed 5 days ago

Brilliant pub, with very friendly bar staff, great range of real ales and a roaring log fire! Food is very good and the whole place has a great feel of old world charm. We used the pub on a few occasions during our stay in...More

Thank BNik2014
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First the good points: A wonderful old building. Good service. Lively atmosphere in the bar area but without bring too noisy in the dining area. But: The parsnip & apple soup tasted like a bowl of apple puree with a ton of pepper thrown in,...More

Thank jeffrey_cousins
MarketTownTaverns, Marketing Administrator at Bear and Billet, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there jeffrey_cousins Thank you for taking the time to write to us. Firstly, I would like to thank you for your kind comments regarding the Bear & Billet and our service. We are very proud our half-timbered pub and all the history that comes...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place came highly recommended but was very disappointing. The price of £7 for two pieces of warm bread (which were not warm) was excessive. The other meals were too salty and tiny portions for £13!! In addition nobody bothered to check how our meals...More

Thank Wolfgang W
MarketTownTaverns, Marketing Administrator at Bear and Billet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Wolfgang W Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your feedback. Although I am sorry to learn of your disappointment. Our warm bread starter is £3.25 which includes rapeseed oil, balsamic and hummus. We feel this is an appropriate price...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our favourite restaurant in Chester was shut as it was a Monday so, when we saw the candlelight through the windows on a VERY cold day in late February, we thought we would call in and see what the Bear and Billett was like. We...More

Thank Nikki E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for an evening meal and a pint of real ale. Chose the rump and red (meat and a glass of wine) but the drink added nothing to the quality of the occasion! Will stick to ale if I ever return. The meal was nothing...More

Thank JHS010
MarketTownTaverns, Marketing Administrator at Bear and Billet, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there JHS010 Thank you for taking the time to contact us although I am sorry to learn of your disappointment. At the Bear & Billet, we have the Rump & Red offer every Thursday which includes the rump steak and a glass of red...More

Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

This is a real old English public house, fine selection of ales and even though we have never dined here the food always looks appealing. Love the fact they allow dogs in the pub as it's a real pitstop for anyone on a walk through...More

Thank JezBayl
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Went in here with friends for a post Christmas catch up .I had a glass or two of the mulled wine which was delicious.We noticed that they slow well behaved dogs in the bar area ,although some people were eating!

Thank sueflintshire
Reviewed 2 January 2018

We returned to the Bear and Billet this year for our office Xmas meal and it was a very good choice - the food was plentiful, very tasty and just what you expect for a traditional meal. They even have real cider on draught. The...More

Thank David F
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Last minute catch up with friends we managed to get a booking here at the time we wanted. We all enjoyed a nice meal upstairs whilst listening to some great live music from the bar below. Great choice of quality cooked food and a good...More

Thank Mark B
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Tony J
26 July 2017|
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Response from MarketTownTaverns | Property representative |
HI Tony J, The Bear & Billet features an area at the back of the pub with tables perfectly positioned to relax in the sun with a pint or two. Kind regards, Lauren Marketing Administrator
Ashley d
15 June 2016|
Response from Ashley d |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 17
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 94 Lower Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1RU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +44 1244 311886
  • E-mail
The Bear & Billet is a terrific 3 storey pub located inside the walled city of Chester which was owned by the Earl of Shrewsbury & built in 1664. The Bear & Billet offers a great friendly place to enjoy food and drink. We have a wide selection of cask ales and well as draught and bottled beers from around the world. We have a full homecooked food menu available everyday day with Sunday lunch available every Sunday from 12pm-7pm. Not only that we have function rooms available for hire as well as live sport shown throughout the year with 5 flat screen TV's available on 3 floors.
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