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The Bear at Hodnet

Former coaching inn with a ghostly tale

At a glance

Bar menu
Kids play area

With old beams, open fireplaces and secret passages leading to the church, this black-and-white-timbered, former coaching inn was once known for its bear-baiting pit. In the 1680s, a landlord threw Jasper, a regular down on his luck, out into a bitterly cold night. Within hours both were dead, Jasper from hypothermia, the landlord from fright, as if he’d seen a ghost, which legend suggests was Jasper. Food includes prawn cocktail with rosemary and sea salt focaccia; breaded whitebait; ‘proper’ chicken and mushroom pie with wholegrain mash, seasonal greens and red wine gravy; triple chocolate brownie, white chocolate sauce and coconut ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 January
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12-11 (Sunday 12-9)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-3, Sunday 12-4
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales available: Salopian Shropshire Gold, Black Sheep, rotating guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

At junct of A53 and A442 turn right at roundabout. Inn in village centre

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