PROGRESS ON THE RESTORATION
And Other Stories
We would like to keep you up to date with our progress and let you know of other things that are happening with the Bear & Ragged Staff and FiredUp
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
As we come to the end of the season we want to thank all of you for your support over the summer. It has been lovely seeing you enjoy our festival garden, chatting about the renovations at the Bear and enjoying our music evening. Thanks as ever to Steve Thomas, Scratchband and VillageBeatz for entertaining us, despite the weather sometimes.
Although we are now closed for the winter, we are still available for special events and our parbaked pizzas are available at Mortons Spar, Tattenhall, Huxley Deli, Store and Butchery and Hopley House Farm Shop
This is the last weekend (1st Oct) that we will be open for collection before closing for the winter.
Make the most of it folks😃🔥❄️🍕🍺
Happy Birthday to Us!
Incredibly, what started as a ‘pop up’ during lockdown to provide a slice () of gastronomy to the community, is now 2 years old!
This weekend we also look set to make our 15,000th pizza! To mark this we are going to offer the 15,000th pizza (and rest of the order) with our compliments - will it be you?
Join us Friday and Saturday from 5pm till 9pm to collect or enjoy in our festival garden. Call 01829 423118 to pre order.
Many thanks for all your support over the last 2 years and to all the amazing members of the team that have been involved. Thank you Brian, Mary, Jack, Charlotte, Harvey, Erica, Nicole, Emma, Will, Bradley, Abi, Richard and Fiona.
#woodfiredpizza #tattenhall #craftlager #takeaway #fresh #birthdaycelebration,
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL
We have 2 specials on for this bank holiday weekend. Tonno e cipolla - our hand stretched base covered with pizza sauce and mozzarella strips, topped with tuna flakes, red onion rings and scattered with olives and oregano. A fishy delight.
Then to finish we are bringing back our Limoneto - hand stretched dough smothered in @mrsdarlingtons lemon curd, woodfired then topped with crème fraiche and basil.
Go on treat yourself - it's a bank holiday
This weeks craft lager is Zealous by Mad Squirrel. A refreshing unfiltered pilsner at 4.4%
SCRATCH BAND RETURN
Many thanks to all of you that came along to see Scratchband play last Friday. £80 was raised for Transition Tattenhall.
If you missed the amazing #scratchband last weekend, fear not, they are playing for us this Friday night 12th August.
It was always a great night last year when they kindly played for us and it seems the chemistry of great music, #woodfiredpizza #caskale #craftlager and lovely people melds together to create a wonderful alchemy!
Come and join us from 5pm. All welcome, no bookings. To support the local community organisation Transition Tattenhall we will be asking for a £1 donation per person, come and have a wonderful evening.
CRAFT ALE IS BACK
Wincle Waller is back on draught from Friday 12th August.
3.8%. A pale ale that is a delicious refresher with an enduring appeal.
Open from 4pm - 9pm then 5pm - 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Steve Thomas is back this Friday spinning his vinyl in the FiredUp festival garden.
The sun is due to shine, the pizzas will be fresh, woodfired and hot, the beer will be chilled and the tunes will be top notch.
#woodfiredpizza #craftbeer #realale #sunshine #vinylrecords #retro
FESTIVAL STYLE BEER GARDEN
Did you know we have a secret festival style beer and pizza garden?
A lovely little suntrap in our walled garden area. Very informal. Good tunes playing. Grab a pizza and a beer (or wine, or soft drink or just your pizza) take a seat and enjoy.
BETH BARLOW ARTWORK
How lovely is this sketch. A drawing of Koda our woodfired pizza oven by local artist Beth Barlow whilst we were busy cooking her pizzas the other day. Find more of Beth's work at https://bethbarlowartforsale.blogspot.com/
Thankyou Beth Barlow for allowing us to share it
SOUL KITCHEN CHESTER
Delighted to be supporting @soulkitchenchester with a donation of pizzas. Soul Kitchen Chester is a 100% voluntary group - supporting & feeding anybody experiencing loneliness, food poverty or homelessness
We know that it still doesn't look any different from the front, but our building team are busy beavering away on the inside and results are starting to show. This week the tiling has started in the ensuite bathrooms. Plastering has started downstairs in the main pub area and the wall has been knocked out to make the French doors from the function room out onto the roof terrace.
MOVING FORWARD WITH THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE BEAR & RAGGED STAFF
While things don't seem to be changing much from the High Street view of the Bear, the progress inside the pub is continuing.
The roof is on the rear extension, the function room ceiling has been plastered - which is no mean feat - and more of the bedrooms have been plastered and the shower trays have gone into the bathrooms ready for the tiler starting in the next week or so.
PINEAPPLES, PINEAPPLES EVERYWHERE!
Don't you just love a beautifully prepared pineapple! Our Smoked Pancetta & Pineapple pizza is a fabulous balance of salty pancetta and sweet pineapple pieces with a zing of pickled red onion slices to set them both off perfectly. Fully restocked in Mortons Spar Tattenhall and Burwardsley village store and post office
HUXLEY DELI, STORE & BUTCHERY
We are delighted to say that our parbaked pizzas are now also available at Huxley Deli, Store & Butchery . @thepoffee have added our Smoked Pancetta and Pineapple pizza to their stock and Mortons Spar Tattenhall is fully stocked once more.
FIREDUP@HOME - PARBAKED PIZZAS
Another busy day at the FiredUp oven as we restock Mortons Spar Tattenhall and Poffee. Our hand stretched pizzas par baked in Koda our woodfired oven and then topped with fine quality ingredients for you to finish at home.
We have added the Marinara to the range this week, as well as the usual, Margherita, Pepperoni, Alpini, Smoked Pancetta & Pineapple, Garlic Mushroom and Parmigiana, so something for everybody. Enjoy
ALL THE BEST BRIAN MELLOR
We would like to wish Brian Mellor all the best in his new ventures. Brian was instrumental in helping us to establish FiredUp@thebear. What was intended as a short pop-up offering pizza for collection, has lasted much longer than we anticipated developing over the last 12 months by Erica Rathbone and Fiona Hilton into not just pizza collection, but @home kits, delivery, our festival bar and selling in local shops. Thanks again Brian, all the best.
We hoped of course that Firedup would lead us nicely into opening the pub, and whilst that remains our plan, the ongoing Covid-19 situation has, sadly, continually necessitated that we delayed the project. To risk opening without complete confidence that society was recovering out of the pandemic and without the risk of further trading restrictions, would simply be too high-risk for us and to do so would jeopardise the mid- and long-term longevity of the pub.
We are making good progress though and are perhaps afforded more time to plan and develop the building and as a result the building is in good shape. The eight en-suite bedrooms are built and ready to be fitted, the cookery school and function room, together with the new toilets and kitchen space are all formed and the extension which is housing our conservatory and terrace, in place.
Our vision is still very much alive to provide a rural village pub with great local food and beer and generating amazing gastronomy and hospitality. Our current focus is on opening in 2022, the likelihood being that it will be later in the year, given the current and predicted situation. We do however look forward to keeping you updated with our plans on the people, the pub, the grub, and the beer!
Please stay safe everybody and have a wonderful New Year
RESTORATION - EXTENSION ROOF
The roof is on. The walls are going up for the extension at the back of the pub. Progressing slowly but surely as we head towards 2022.
PAR BAKED DELIVERY
Don't forget you can order for this weeks delivery of our par baked pizzas via Facebook messenger or our email.. Order 4 or more pizzas before 3pm on Thursday and we will deliver them to you Thursday evening for over the weekend.
More of our Christmas special - Stilton and Cranberry will be available again this week.
Fancy one of our par baked pizzas, but don't want to venture out in the grotty weather? We will deliver Thursday evenings for orders of 4 pizzas or more, so that you are all ready for the weekend. Order by 3pm on the Thursday via either Facebook messenger or email email@example.com with your address and a contact phone number or email address and we will send you through a payment link. We can then delivery your par baked pizzas between 4pm and 7pm Thursday evening.
BEAR & RAGGED STAFF RESTORATION
It may not seem that much is happening from the front of the building, but work is still progressing with the new plant room almost watertight.
THE RESTORATION CONTINUES .....
AND WE NEED YOUR HELP
We need you help please! 🙂
As we continue on our plan to redevelop the Bear and Ragged Staff, we are delighted to have been approached to apply for some grant funding to support the investment.
The application has a stronger chance of success if we are able to show support from the local community so if you would please add a comment to this post or direct message us your support, that would be much appreciated. Please also share to friends, friends of friends and fr......(you get the picture😁) Thank you
#ruraldevelopment #localjobs #communitysupport
PIZZAFEST - A HUGE THANKYOU
Wow, what a weekend that was!
We are just about recovered from PizzaFest and would just like to give our thanks to all involved. It was a really special day and we hope those that came along enjoyed it and we would like to thank you all for your support.
Special thanks to all the producers and craft makers, all superb, and of course to the artists who entertained us throughout the day - thank you Scratchband, Nicky Phillips VillageBeatz and Steve Thomas - all absolutely amazing. Also to Brian and Erica for fabulous demonstrations. Thankyou also to Fiona and our fabulous team at FiredUp. Their boundless support, hard work and enthusiasm helped make it a really special day for all involved. We are so lucky and happy to have such an amazing team.
I am also delighted to advise that we raised £315 for CureLeukemia! not quite the £500 we had set as a target but a great contribution all the same - maybe VillageBeatz we 'll need one more hurrah before the summer ends to make up the difference? .
NICKY PHILLIPS - LIVE MUSIC
Thank you Nicky Phillips for a fantastic evening of music. Lovely night.
Delighted to be welcoming Dave from Village Beatz back.
10th July 2021 from 6pm
Come and join us for classic pizza, cool tunes, crafted drinks and great company. 01829 423118
BLUE SKIES & SUNSHINE
What a lovely week in the sunshine. Enjoying a drink and a pizza. Did you know on Fridays and Saturdays we now also do a Smoked Brisket Brioche with pickles and mustard mayo - using Redpoll Beef and Mrs. Darlington's Tewkesbury Mustard.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Thank you so much to all of you that supported us last week as we opened up our outside area. We were blessed with blue skies and look forward to welcoming more of you this week in the sunshine. We've also added to the menu with our Dip & Sip sharing boxes and our smokey brisket brioche available on Fridays and Saturdays.
2500 COOKED PIZZA WINNER
Last week we realized that we were very close to selling our 2500th cooked pizza! This was claimed on Thursday night by Lloyd Owen with his pizza & prosecco deal. Congratulations to Lloyd who gets a pizza with our compliments with his next order.
STUDENTS APPLY LESSONS AT BEAR & RAGGED STAFF
Cookery and construction aren't two trades you typically see together, but for Cheshire College — South & West and The Bear and Ragged Staff they make the perfect pairing. Before the most recent lockdown, construction learners at Cheshire's largest College had been putting into practice new skills they've learnt in the classroom to support the renovation works required at the pub.
At the start of the year we had a competition for the best recycled pizza boxes, with some fantastic results. Please keep sending us photos of your upcycled boxes.