Pub offers food for the first time

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A BEYTON pub that has been in the same family for four generations has opened a restaurant for the first time.

The Bear Inn’s new restaurant is open at weekends and it’s ‘traditional British food with a contemporary twist’ is already proving popular with locals.

Landlord Johnny Orsler, the most recent of four generations of Orslers at The Bear, in Tostock Road, said: “Unusually, we have been a successful drinking pub for many years as we have very strong local following and it’s these customers who have been asking for food.

“We’ve been working on coming up with a menu we think our customers will love and we think we’re on the right lines.”

He added: “The Bear has always been part of the community and we hope we are offering what people want. This is the first time in over 100 years that we have offered food as well as our excellent selection of wine and ales.”

Baz Malcolm, who started his career as a gamekeeper in Scotland, is employed as the pub’s chef and his love of the outdoors is reflected in the menu, which focuses on seasonal produce and includes game.

Mr Orsler, who has run The Bear since 2005, said: “We’re sourcing our ingredients locally wherever possible, for example the beef we have on the menu currently is from Drinkstone red poll – you can’t get more local than that.”

For more information on the pub and its menu, call 01359 270249 or visit