Great British boltholes: A review of The Bear pub with rooms in Dorset

great british boltholes a review of the bear pub with rooms in dorset

Wareham would be the perfect spot for a Time Team holiday – this little Dorset town is simply stuffed with history for Channel 4’s experts to devour.

One of England’s last Saxon walled towns and where Civil War battles once raged, these days its streets are lined with pretty Georgian cottages of red brick and Purbeck limestone leading down to a little quay. Here you can kayak along the River Frome, buy delicious cheeses from the farmers’ market or sit with a pint gazing across heathland at the 1,000-year-old Corfe Castle that dramatically crowns the nearby Purbeck Hills.

All this is just a few miles – as the pterodactyl flies – from the fossil-rich beaches of the Jurassic Coast.

The Bear’s necessities: The cosy bar with its wooden floors ‘honeyed with age’ and comfy scuffed leather armchairs

The Bear opened with eight rooms in July 2020, adding two more in lockdown. Pictured is one of the sumptuous copper baths

If you want to explore it all from a lovingly restored 18th Century coaching inn, which champions eco practices without so much as a whiff of hair-shirt… follow The Bear.

Frankly, it’s hard to miss: a giant stone bear stands sentinel on its entrance on the high street, which sits between two huge Georgian bay windows, puffed out like the cheeks of a cherub…

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