The Bear Inn

Tostock Road, Beyton, IP30 9AG


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Village pub to be the venue for amazing gin festival

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 2:24 PM Comments comments (412)
Gins ranging from the well known tipples to those lesser known varieties are to be at the centre of an amazing festival at a village pub over Easter.

For the Bear Inn, at Beyton, is staging the event with a selection of 21 different varieties on offer.  There will be house gins plus premier gins to tickle the tastebuds and there is also the chance to take part in a special taste challenge.

Owners Garry and Hannah Clark are behind the venture which is taking place on Good Friday, March 30, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, March 31, April 1 and 2.  A special marquee is being set up in the grounds of the pub in Tostock Road with the festival running each day between noon and 8pm along with a barbeque and hog roast on the Sunday.

Hannah said: “We were talking about how popular gins have become and it’s still growing as a product with the amount of different ones available and people’s interest in it.  It’s almost like the new ale and if it’s so interesting why not put that together with our experience of running beer festivals.”

For as little as £4.50 you can taste one of the seven house gins including Gordons, Bombay Sapphire, Adnams Copper House, Tanqueray Export Strength London Gin, Plymouth, Beefeater London Dry or J J Whitley Elderflower which all come in a 25ml glass with a tonic.  Or for the more adventurous at £5.50 there are the wonderfully named premium gins of Sharish Blue Magic which magically changes from blue to pink with the addition of tonic; Brockmans, infused with 10 botanicals and distilled in a 100-year-old still; Sipsmith, a traditional London dry gin; Monkey 47, given the name from 47 Black Forest herbs, berries and exotic Asian botanicals; from the island of Islay The Botanist; and the aptly named Drumshanbo Gunpowder, an Irish tipple with fresh citrus notes that is distilled in a medieval copper still.

Then there’s the chance to take part in the challenge where 12 different gins have been matched against each other.
For £7.50 you could try Adams Copper House against Adnams First Rate or even keep it local with Suffolk Gin against Norfolk Gin … all contained in a 25ml glass along with a tonic.

To purchase tickets for the festival, which cost £7.50 pre booked and £10 on the day, go to the pub’s website


Renovation update

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (302)

As you'll know if you're a regular at The Bear, we're still busy sprucing the place up and finishing off our new look renovation.

This week, we've put up some lovely old paintings of Beyton and its geese, as well as a modern painting of a bear, designed especially for us. We've put up more posters and have some gorgeous new flowers out - (they're not real, believe it or not!) All these small touches are really bringing the place to life.

We apologise for any inconvenience the building of the porch may have caused, but we're almost there with it and are really pleased with how it's looking so far, and hope you like it too.

Next job - the toilets and the beer garden! 

Stay tuned!

Pub Quiz success!

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 11:14 AM Comments comments (425)

A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Pub Quiz on Monday 13th. It was great to see some new and familiar faces at The Bear and fun was had by all.

Before the Quiz kicked off at 8pm we presented the cheque to Gatehouse - our chosen charity last year. The Bear Inn Pub Quiz helped to raise a huge proportion of the £1,700 total - so it was only right we presented the cheque here! 

We were also lucky enough to have Councillor Julia Wakelam with us to help to hand over the money to the local Bury St Edmunds based charity. 

Here is Julia with Colin Kennedy, Amanda Bloomfield and Elaine Channen from Gatehouse, and Bear Inn owner Garry Clark.

The next Pub Quiz will be on Monday 27 March at the usual time of 8pm. See you there!

Bury & West Suffolk Magazine

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (405)

Our friends at the Bury & West Suffolk Magazine have written an article on The Bear Inn, in their March edition of the free magazine, available at various locations in and around Bury St Edmunds. Remember to pick up a free copy and see what they have to say! 

Spring is almost here!

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 9:19 AM Comments comments (271)

With Spring just around the corner, it's time for us to launch our new Spring menu on Wednesday 8 March 2017. 

Our chefs have been sure to match the the menu with the local, seasonal ingredients we have on offer in Suffolk. But don't worry - there's not too much change! Many of our favourites are still available, including our Gunner's Daughter Sausages, Cod and Chips and 'Cannon Bear'. Some delicious new additions include a Spring Salad, Homemade Scotch Egg and Pan Fried Seabass with Roasted Fennel, to name but a few!

The full menu is here below, so you can check out what's on offer before you visit! Remember to book if you'd like to come and try it out - 01359 270 249! We hope to see you very soon. 


Mother's Day

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 7:48 AM Comments comments (313)

With a successful Valentine’s Day just behind us, we’re now busy preparing to welcome families along to join us for a Mother’s Day meal on Sunday 26 March.

We've created a seasonal Mother's Day menu (view here) that’s bound to please mum. It features a homemade scotch egg and pan fried seabass and fennel, to name a few, and at just £25 per person for three courses or £20 per person for two courses, it’s a small price to pay to treat mum!

Be sure to book a table for this special day, just call us on 01359 270 249.

We’ll be serving lunch from 12noon until 6pm and look forward to seeing you then!


Which way is the toilet?

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 10:11 AM Comments comments (297)
So, we've been back open a couple of weeks and one of those 'little' jobs that needed doing was the sign on the door to the the toilets.  

This is a much needed sign as we get asked "where are the toilets" about 10 times a day now!  However, despite spending hours trawling the internet, Hannah never found the sign that was quite right - colour, finish, font etc. Today she stumbled across - a sign maker where you can customise your sign.

So, the Toilets sign has now been ordered and pictures will follow.  Another one of the little things that makes Hannah happy!  

#pubsign #signoftheday #toilets #thisway #suffolk #countrypub #bespoke #signomatic 

We're open!

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 8:57 AM Comments comments (306)
Our doors are officially open! (Although they’re still having a lovely porch built around them!)
As you’ll have seen from our progress photos and updates, we've really opened up the space inside and the new-look Bear offers a warm, open and inviting space – with three cosy drinking and dining areas, complete with roaring fires. We're really looking forward to seeing some new and old faces for a Sunday Roast or a drink – we can't wait to show you around. 
There’s a lot happening here this year and we have some fun events on the horizon – more to come soon…

We kicked off our reopening with a busy night last week for Valentine's Day, with lots of lovely local couples enjoying our set three-course menu – and Valentine’s themed decorations!
Our brilliant chefs Rob and Danie are now busy creating a delicious Spring Menu, which will be up on the site very soon. The new dishes will of course be full of locally sourced ingredients and will combine classic hearty pub food with lighter, more refreshing dishes to welcome in the Spring sunshine. 
As always, we have a great selection of beers, premium lagers, local cider, wines and Cask Ales. If you haven’t already – why not come by and try a Best Bitter or Gunner’s Daughter ale from our sister pub, The Old Cannon Brewery in Bury. And if you have already, we’d love to see you again!
Remember - The Bear Inn is open seven days a week, with food served from Tuesday to Sunday. We hope to see you very soon!


The end of Week 2

Posted on January 22, 2017 at 10:18 AM Comments comments (499)

Wow, so much has happened in the past week.  The kitchen has been transformed with a new floor and the installation of the White Rock wall finish.  We discovered some old wallpaper above the old fireplace in the kitchen which sadly we couldn't keep! 

We've also installed a new kitchen extraction which will give us the space to install our new griddle.  So, look out for some fantastic steaks, burgers and other meat dishes on the new menu.

Our new bar, back bar and server station has been installed and we will start restocking the bar/cellar early next week.  Then it's just a few finishing touches to the Front of House areas and we'll be all set.

So, unless you hear otherwise for us - we look forward to seeing customers back in again at the Bear on Thursday 26th January lunchtime 12noon onward.

See you soon
Hannah & Garry

We've survived week 1 and we are still on track!

Posted on January 14, 2017 at 3:18 PM Comments comments (184)
So, we've survived the first week of the development.  The builders referred to this as the 'dirty' phase of the works, however we've renamed this to the 'dusty' phase!  There is dust everywhere!  No matter how many times we sweep the floor - it still looks dusty.  The hardest working member of the team to date is Henry the vacuum cleaner...closely followed by Rob & Dani.
Rob, Dani, Colin and Matt (plumber and electrician) have been busy preparing the kitchen for the professional White Rock finish.  This has involved taking everything out of the kitchen; removing every plug socket, pipework, radiators, old cupboards, tiles, sinks etc...  The White Rock finish is a commercial kitchen finish which will make cleaning the walls a lot easier for Rob and the team.  This is being installed throughout most of next week.  Rob and Dani are very excited about this - that's chef's for you!

The transformations Front of House continue.  The bars were all stripped out on day one and it's taken 4 days to put the pub back together again.  Final bits of plastering will happen next week and then the decorations will start.  Next week we also look forward to the new bar being installed.  The new lay out if fantastic, and everyone comments on how much space we now have so we are excited about seeing how it works with furniture and of course customers.

We are still on track for re-opening towards the end of January and we'll update you again next week.

Have a great weekend
Hannah & Garry