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The 16th century Bear Inn is situated in tranquil Berkswell, a pretty rural village on the Heart of England Way. A Grade II listed timber framed building with colour washed brick nogging, this historic alehouse has been touched by major events over the centuries from the English Civil War, when it hosted Cromwell’s troops, to World War II, when Blitz-affected Coventry citizens slept on its ancient wooden floors. Once known as The Bear and Ragged Staff, the inn was popular in the 1800’s with ‘pleasure parties from Birmingham and Coventry’, and hosted the annual October Stattis Fair in the field behind the inn, where farm-workers came to be hired by local farmers for the coming year. Surrounded by picturesque lush countryside in the leafy hamlet of Berkswell, the historic Bear Inn with its ancient oak beams, log fires and private nooks and crannies is an idyllic place to enjoy a traditional country pub lunch or Sunday roast along with fine wines and cask ales. The inn’s original name – The Bear and Ragged Staff - comes from the arms of the Earls of Warwick, the former Lords of the Manor of Berkswell. Shakespeare refers to Warwick’s emblem ‘The rampant bear chain’d to the ragged staff’ in Henry VI, and a giant wooden bear climbing a pole can still be seen outside the pub today. Whether walking the Heart of England Way or exploring historic Berkswell, The Bear Inn provides the perfect location to pause, relax and recharge, with fine wines and cask ales. The Bear Inn is a 16th Century pub with a delightful ambience, surrounded by thatched cottages and greenery in pretty Berkswell village.
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