Bear71, High Street
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This large 18th Century coaching inn stands back from the High Street. It was refurbished in 2015, with the bar area to the left now in shabby chic style and the dining area to the right in more of rustic farmhouse theme. Racing memorabilia also features. The pub used to be the posting house and second stage for London to Portsmouth coaches and was used by Lord Nelson. The Bear & Ragged Staff (as it was originally known) was built on the site of the Earl of Warwick's hunting lodge (his crest included a bear). There has been a pub here since 1460. Seven ensuite bedrooms. Handy for Sandown Park racecourse. Guest beers often from local breweries.