The Bell and Bear, Emberton, Buckinghamshire
The Bell & Bear is a community focused traditional village pub with an intimate separate restaurant serving interesting hyper local modern British cuisine. Jon and Sophie met whilst working on the Isle of Wight and bought the pretty grade II listed freehouse in 2010 whilst aged just 26. They have since forged a name for themselves in the local area, and beyond, for serving interesting local produce from field to plate with evenings and Sunday lunches booking up weeks even months in advance.
The pub has received accolades from national press and guide books and is unique in providing two very separate experiences. A village pub serving CAMRA award winning local real ales, interesting craft beers and imported German Pilsner, Helles and Weizen beer on draught. The bar is the hub of the local community. The pub has championed local cider and was part of the success of 2011 Champion Cider of Britain “Virtual Orchard” from Milton Keynes. Dogs are welcomed in the bar area where sandwiches are also available at lunch.
In the restaurant, all of more than 50 wines are available by the glass including a selection of “natural” wines, organic and bio-dynamic from boutique producers and lesser known terroirs. Recommendations for every dish are incorporated into the every changing list. The menu boards change daily and showcase local produce. The pub has become renowned for it’s 60 day dry aged pedigree “Hereford” beef from Monica Brown and it's slow reared guinea fowls from Pastures Farm. A sample three course meal could include hand dived scallops, pea puree and seaweed caviar, cannon and rissole of local lamb with sweet potato and courgette fritter and chocolate torte, sea salt butterscotch and milk ice cream.