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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

 
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ANOTHER FIRM FAVOURITE ON THE BEER FRONT

Our draught beer this week is Crush from Mobberley Brewhouse. Easy drinking, crisp & fresh pilsner. Brewed with Mandarina Bavaria & Citra hops, providing a fruity, refreshing flavour and aroma. Alc. 4.4%. It is one of the ones that proved very popular last year. Goes great with pizza and can be enjoyed in our pizza/beer garden this Friday and Saturday from 5pm.

#mobberleybrewhouse #crush #pilsner #crispandfresh #refreshing #enjoyapint #goeswellwithpizza #woodfired #pizza #freshpizza #Tattenhall #Cheshire #cheshirelife #SupportSmallBusiness #shoplocal

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THIS WEEKS SPECIAL

One of our favourite restaurants is Dishoom where they do a fabulous Bacon Naan Roll. Our special this week is our homage to said Bacon Naan Roll with our calzone version. The Omaggio di Pancetta. Smoked pancetta, mascarpone, fresh coriander and Dishooms Tomato Chilli Jam. Wrapped into 2 calzones and served with a little pot of the tomato chilli jam as an extra dip. Taste sensation. #homage #dishoominspiration #woodfiredpizza #indianflavours #calzone #tattenhall #cheshire #cheshirelife #smokedpancetta #mascarpone #tomatochillijam #freshingredients #supportlocalbusinesses #shoplocal #tastesensation

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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

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CAN YOU FIND THE GOLDEN TICKETS?

Have you been one of the lucky ones? 

The deadline for claiming your prize is this weekend 30th April 2022

Over the next few weeks we will be hiding Golden, Silver and Bronze Tickets in our parbaked @home pizzas. Each one will win you a prize. Will you be lucky enough to find one? Stocked at Mortons Spar Tattenhall Burwardsley village store and post office @huxley_deli_butchery_store Tattenhall Marina @tattenhallmarina

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WINCLE BEERS

Available in pint bottles we have Wincle Waller (pale ale 3.8%) Wibbly Wallaby (also a pale ale 4.4%) and Sir Phillip (premium bitter 4.2%). All £3.20/bottle

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WELCOME BACK

It was fabulous to get the team back on site over the weekend and welcome you all back to FiredUp@theBear. We look forward to warmer weather, but the warm welcome remains

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REOPENING FOR COLLECTION

No more sleeps :) Open tonight from 5pm

Due to the ongoing building works picking up pace, we are unable to use our usual entrance so we have a temporary one in Barbour Square - don't worry though we are easy to find and will have plenty of signs to help you along the way.

Open for collection or Alfresco from 5pm Friday. See you there

#Tattenhall #WoodfiredPizza #shoplocal #alfresco #collection #hotpizza

We are delighted to announce that we will be opening our 'doors' again on Friday 1st April for hot woodfired pizza collection. We will be open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm - 9pm.

To order simply turn up or call us on 01829 423118.

You are welcome to collect and go or if you are not in a rush fell free to enjoy our secret beer garden where drinks will be available.

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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

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REFURBISHMENT

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.

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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.

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NATIONAL PIZZA DAY - A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

With National Pizza Day nearly upon us, we thought we would share a little bit of history with you:-


Though flatbreads with toppings were consumed by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks, the modern birthplace of the pizza is southwestern Italy’s Campania region, home to Naples. Founded around 600 BC as a Greek settlement, Naples in the 1700s and early 1800s was a thriving waterfront city. Technically an independent kingdom, it was notorious for its throngs of working poor, or lazzaroni. These Neapolitans required inexpensive food that could be consumed quickly. Pizza — flatbreads with toppings that can be eaten for every meal — fulfilled this need. These early pizzas featured tasty toppings such as tomatoes, cheese, oil, anchovies, and garlic. More well off Italian authors judged Naples’ innovation, often calling their eating habits disgusting.


In 1861, Italy finally unified, and King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited Naples in 1889. Legend says that the traveling pair became bored with their steady diet of French cuisine and asked for an assortment of pizzas from the city’s Pizzeria Brandi, founded in 1760. The variety the queen enjoyed the most was called pizza mozzarella, a pie topped with the soft white cheese, red tomatoes, and green basil — much resembling the Italian flag. Since then, this particular choice of toppings has been dubbed the Margherita pizza.


Our woodfired Margheritas are available Mortons Spar Tattenhall, Burwardsley village store and post office, Huxley Deli, Store & Butchery.

Stock up now ready for National Pizza Day

#woodfiredpizza #shoplocal #pizza #BitOfHistory #margheritapizza

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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 firedup@thebeartattenhall.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.

Also available in Mortons Spar Tattenhall, Poffee, and starting this week also stocked at Tattenhall Marina. #shoplocal #pizza

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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.

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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

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WOW WHAT A SUMMER

As the sun sets on our festival bar I just wanted to say a massive thank you to our amazing team led by Fiona and Erica; and to our wonderful guests. We have really appreciated your support. What started as a pop up that might last perhaps 4 to 6 weeks eventually ran for over 6 months. Thank you also to Brian for his support and also to Richard, pulling the strings and paying the invoices behind the scenes!
So as we say farewell for now to our wonderful cask ales and cocktails, we still remain very much in business this month for collections of our fresh wood fired pizza.
We are moving to our Autumn hours of Thursday to Saturday, 5pm to 9pm and are continuing to trial local delivery on Fridays. If delivery proves popular we will extend to Thursday and Saturday.
Thank you all again so much. We hope you will be able to continue to come and collect and enjoy our pizza.
Book online, drop us a line, give us a call or pop by.
01829 423118

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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? .

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STEVE THOMAS - SPINS HIS TUNES

This Friday 30th July we are delighted to welcome Steve Thomas to FiredUp@the Bear to spin his vinyl.
Steve is an avid vinyl collector and has an insatiable passion for music of all genre.

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NICKY PHILLIPS - LIVE MUSIC

 Thank you Nicky Phillips for a fantastic evening of music. Lovely night. 

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VILLAGE BEATZ

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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RECYCLING COMPETITION

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.