Bear and Staff
11 Bear Street
(0207) 930 5260.
Open all day
Bear and Staff
A corner pub not far from Charing Cross Road.
The nearest tube is Leicester Square a short walk away.
This is a Mitchells and Butler's pub in the heart of London and so expect the beer range to be average - on this occasion there was Wadworth's 6X and Boddington's Bitter, plus Bass on. All were well kept though needed topping up after serving.
There are two bar areas, the downstairs which is more like a shop size with standing tables and tall stools around the bar floor area and another seating area up a small step with round dark wood tables and chairs.
The second bar is upstairs and is quieter with no music. Seating is much the same as downstairs. The bar is a dark wood affair downstairs and the floors are wooden too.
There is a food menu served into the evening, which has traditional offerings as well as a few more esoteric choices. There is an offering for vegetarians, but not a large or imaginative selection, specials are available from the chalk board. Prices are standard London, but not expensive for that.
Due to its situation, it is mainly frequented by tourists as the theatres are so very close by. Access for the disabled is possible to the downstairs bar as there are two entrances.
However, once inside, there is not a lot of space to manoeuvre at busy times.
For the rail traveller Charing Cross Station is just 0.2 of a mile away.
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