The Bear and Billet is a great old pub in Chester.
It was built in 1664 replacing a building destroyed during the civil war.
The Bear and Billet is a great example of a black and white half timbered building.
It was originally the town house of the Earls of Shrewsbury (the sergeants of the Bridgegate), The building has been an inn since the 18th century and it is said that the Earls of Shrewsbury leased to an innkeeper on condition that an suite of rooms was always kept available for the Earl and his family.
In a drawing of 1820 shows it is shown as the Bridgegate Tavern but is believed to have acquired its present name not long after.
The Bear and Billet is said to have several resident ghosts, including an old lady that greets visitors, unfortunatly we were not greeted by it and we only had a drink.
the bear and billet is a okells beer pub which is brewed in the lsle of man they only have 4 pubs in the uk, whose ale is brewed wth out additives
the pub use to be the town house of the sargeants of the bridgegate who collected the tolls from anyone passing over the adjacent bridge for the earl of shrewsbury .the pub was built in 1664 making it one of the last wooden buildings in chester ,as a show of wealth hundrends of panes of glass were used in the windows as glass in the 17th cent was very expensesive.
if you like the beatles john lennons great grand mother ANNIE JANE MILWARD wasborn here in 1873
Favorite Dish: i had pork and leek sausages with whole grain mustard mash ,red wine and onion gravey and onion rings
washed down with a pint of dark destoryer a stout brew that was a guest beer and fantastic
The Bear and Billet is housed in one of Chester's more beautiful buildings and, after more than 200 years in business, this pub seems to have the basics down pretty well. I had a quite decent salad and a pepper steak sandwich with chips and a pint of Guiness for around 7 british pounds. Friends I encountered later paid more for less elsewhere.
"Enthusiasts of obscure Beatles information may be interested to know that John Lennon's grandmother, Annie Jane Milward, was born in the Bear and Billet in 1873"
-- Steve Howe / B&W Picture Place
One of the finest frontages in Chester's black-and-white style, dated 16664. This building was originally the town house of the Earls of Shrewsbury, sergeants of the bridgegate in the 17th century and has been an inn since the 18th century. Oldest pub or not it certainly has a wonky beams on its facade and probably the most glass in it - over 1000 pieces!
The interior decor is quite cosy with oak beams and a nautical theme.
We just had a drink here at the end of a lovely day in Chester with Steve, Susan and Sabsi, but the food looked good and plentiful.