17 Sep 2019
Tunbridge Wells gets its high street local back. Formerly the Tunbridge Wells Bar & Grill, the venue has been restored to its former glory by Young’s and has reopened as a quintessentially British yet modern pub under its original name, ‘The White Bear.’
Situated on Tunbridge Wells High Street, close to the ever-popular Pantiles, and next door to the renowned Queen’s jewellers, The White Bear exudes laid-back community charm, boasting elegant indoor and outdoor social spaces that take you from morning to evening.
A bright and airy spacious entrance, high-ceilings, green floral styling and ample comfy seating ensure guests feel right at home from the moment they step inside. Strong jewel tones and hanging plants contrast beautifully with the Victorian-style lighting, dark wood and snug fireplace. With an expansive bar and several semi-private bookable tables, this pub is great for large parties in the light-filled open spaces or smaller get-togethers at the cosy corner tables.
Considered to be one of the best al fresco destinations in Tunbridge Wells, the secluded ‘Orangery’ is an all-weather botanical oasis complete with a retractable roof, theatrical garden grill kitchen and outdoor bar. Add to this, a magnificent walled garden with outdoor heaters, free-standing pergolas and hanging plants, and this hidden garden is a truly Instagram-worthy space.
Food & Drink
The White Bear takes full advantage of its location in the ‘Garden of England’ – Head Chef Ian Ellis’ menus, for brunch, lunch and dinner, all feature impeccably sourced local ingredients; from Whitstable oysters and Kent gem through to Brogdale Farm berries and Kentish Blue cheese.
Dishes, perfectly cooked on the charcoal grill, include 28-day aged Aberdeen Angus steaks and a 25oz veal tomahawk whilst other choices come in the form of a vegan Heritage Squash with charred Romanesque and tomatoes, Cornish mussels in Kent Cider with smoked bacon and fries and Whole Roasted Plaice with sea vegetables, tomatoes and caperberries.
The White Bear comes into its own on Sundays with ‘proper’ sharing roasts, including the pub’s signature 26oz Côte de Boeuf and whole Greedy Carver Chicken, all served with all the trimmings including double egg yolk Yorkshire pudding, roasted squash, hipsi cabbage, honey roasted carrots, parsnips and lashings of gravy. Vegans and vegetarians are well catered for with a choice of dishes including Roasted Vegetable Wellington.
For mid-week breakfasts and weekend brunches, The White Bear makes getting out of bed worthwhile with choices such as a proper full English, scrambled heritage eggs, or Anno gin cured trout – wash down at the weekends with a Bloody Mary. Come the weekend, bring your pooch – between 10am and 11:45am tails will be wagging with treats and biscuits and a very warm welcome from the pup-loving team.
No Young’s pub would be complete without a well-equipped bar, and The White Bear is no exception. Craft brews, cask ales, fine wines and premium spirits are all readily available with the addition of perfectly prepared classic cocktails.
Putting the saxy into Saturdays, The White Bear will bring a touch of funk and soul to the last Saturday of every month, kicking off on 28th September. From 8pm-11pm, join award-winning saxophonist, Ed Sax, for an evening of chillout beats with live sax. The pub has also teamed up with Johnny Walker whisky and Fever-Tree Ginger Ale with a ‘Spin-To-Win’ roulette wheel – sample the serve and take a spin to be in with the chance of a free drink or 50% discount.
With three HD Screens equipped with Sky Sports and BT Sport, The White Bear will be showing Rugby World Cup matches, as well as a range of sporting events throughout the year. Whether you want to enjoy a match pint on the big day surrounded by food and friends, or simply kick back while keeping an eye on the score, The White Bear caters for all.
The White Bear
84 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1YB
Issued on behalf of Young’s in September 2019
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