Bear & Billet

The Bear and Billet in historic Chester, offers home cooked food and a wide selection of real ales and bottled beers from around the world in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere.

Built in 1664 to replace a building destroyed during the civil war, the Bear and Billet is one of the finest examples of a black and white half timbered buildings in Chester. Originally the town house of the Earls of Shrewsbury, the sergeants of the Bridgegate, the building has served as an inn since the 18th century.

It is said that the Earls of Shrewsbury had leased it to an innkeeper on condition that a suite of rooms was always kept available for the Earl and his family. A drawing of 1820 shows it as the Bridgegate Tavern and it is believed to have acquired its present name soon after.

Collectors of obscure Beatles information will be interested to know that John Lennons (and his half sister Julia Bairds) grandmother, Annie Jane Millward, was born in the Bear and Billet in 1873. The Bear and Billet is said to have several resident ghosts, including an old lady that greets visitors.

There are two private function spaces at The Bear & Billet with full catering and drinks packages available, perfect for  birthdays, weddings, office parties, engagements and all celebrations.

Sunday Ravern Folk Club

You can enjoy our Ravern Folk Club every Sunday evening from 8pm on our top floor, come down and listen and why not grab a bite to eat

Quiz night every Sunday from 8:30pm

Join us every Sunday with our general knowledge quiz with music, picture and question rounds just £1 per person which includes free half time butties.

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Bear & Billet

94 Lower Bridge Street,
Chester CH1 1RU,
United Kingdom


94 Lower Bridge Street,

01244 311886


Opening hours
Everyday 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Food hours
Monday Saturday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Food available
  • Function rooms
  • Regular events
  • Traditional beers