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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I last visited the Bear in 2015, leaving a review headlined 'didn't sleep'.
We vowed never to go back, but were told that the owners had changed, so we popped in for a quick drink....
We were welcomed warmly by the bar staff, and met the chef and new owner who told us all they have been doing to turn things around. He was really chuffed we ventured back in. The beer was good, 2 great pool tables and a jukebox made for a great vibe. the food coming out looked good (we didn't eat), and we were told about the redecoration of the rooms.
Wish you guys all the best, we will definitely be back, keep up all the hard work to complete the turn around of what was a horrendous place in to this new pleasant pub.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled on business
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1  Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

I am local and have been using the Bear for many years as a place to stay, as a restaurant and as a pub. The bar has recently undergone a major refurbishment and it looks wonderful! The food is back with a fresh twist and Sunday roasts are great. Delicious meats, locally sourced. The roast potatoes and the gravy are worth a special mention. This is not bisto! Fab puddings.
I'm so glad the Bear is still here and going from strength. Leave the chain pubs. Eat here!

Stayed: May 2018, travelled with friends
1  Thank rentawitch
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

My family originate from Wincanton and spent many special occasions at The Bear. Our recent return on a cold rainy Thursday included lunch at The Bear. We received a warm welcome, good food at very good value . Example: £9 for steak/chips. Under new management who are keen and enthusiastic to make the pub a success.. Certainly worth a visit.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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1  Thank Tim0807
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

The Bear has had a makeover, it is a vast improvement, now clean and tidy and inviting.
I had the Sunday lunch, roast pork, real roast potatoes, as in not deep fried like most pubs serve, 5 vegetables with gravy, very good hot roast.

I had steamed syrup pudding with custard for desert, very nice pudding

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Stayed at The Bear Inn on 2nd Feb 2017 for a visit to Wincanton Racecourse.We were made very welcome on arrival and were shown to our room which was clean & bright. OK, if I was trying to be critical, the decor was a tad dated, but it is a pub with rooms and this was all part of its charm.

We had a few pints of Exmoor Stag Ale, which couldn't be faulted, and were almost tempted by the brunch that some other customers were eating. It looked nice & hearty and they ate everything. (We'll have that next time)

We then discovered we have left ordering a taxi to the racecourse a little too late, but we were amazed when the Manager offered to drop us there in her car and she wouldn't accept any payment either. (A big thanks again for that!)

In the evening we had a few drinks in the bar, & everyone was friendly, There was a nice atmosphere and a roaring fire, Britain at it's finest.

We went to bed, slept like logs and on leaving were wished well by yet another friendly member of staff. We had parked in the pub car-park, overnight, and this was included in the price.

If you crave the banality of a Travelodge then this might not be the place for you, BUT if you are searching for a place with a bit of character, that's good value & run by nice people then definitely give this a try.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Malcolm P
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