Bear & Billet

The Bear & Billet welcomes you to the historic town of Chester. Offering delicious home cooked food and a wide selection of drinks, continue your sightseeing in this excellent half-timbered traditional pub dating back to 1664.


From sourcing fresh, local ingredients to offering a wide and varied selection of real ales and spirits, teamed with the friendly team of staff, the Bear & Billet offers the perfect welcome time and time again. The ground floor is dog-friendly so feel free to bring along your well behaved pups!

The Bear & Billet has a reputation of serving delicious home cooked food, inspired by seasonal produce. Using local produce, every dish is bursting with freshness and flavour. Teamed with our unique blend of Melitta coffee, there is no where better to enjoy a delicious meal.

Built in 1664 to replace a building destroyed in the Civil War, the Bear & Billet is one of Chester’s finest examples of a black and white half-timbered building. Located just within the City’s Walls, the pub has seen many a visitor as it’s loved by both the locals and tourists.

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.

Still containing its original fixtures, The Bear & Billet has subtle hints to its’ varied past (including the resident ghosts). Originally the town house of the Earls of Shrewsbury, the pub is also the birthplace of Beatles’ legend John Lennon’s grandmother.

Spread out over 3 floors, the Bear & Billet offers a fantastic opportunity to hire the historic venue for your very own private function. With fabulous views of the City’s walls, the spacious top two floors offers the right amount of privacy whilst still enjoying the pub atmosphere. The fantastic location and exquisite range of beverages & food paired with the friendly team ensures that every event, no matter what the size, is memorable for all the right reasons.

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Bear & Billet

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


94 Lower Bridge Street,

01244 311886


Opening hours
Monday – Wednesday 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Food hours
Monday – Thursday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Child friendly
  • Dogs allowed
  • Food available
  • Function rooms
  • Outdoor area
  • Live sports
  • Regular events
  • Traditional beers
  • Wifi

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