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
THAT'S ALL FOLKS!!!
Thank you to all who have supported us over the last 3 years. Our fantastic team for all your hard work, dedication and attention to detail. Local suppliers Larkton hall cheese Mrs Bournes Cheshire Cheese Huxley Deli, Store & Butchery @mrsdarlingtons @whollycowbeef Cheshire Farm Ice Cream for supplying top quality ingredients. Local retailers Mortons Spar Tattenhall @thepoffeeatburwardsley @huxley_deli_butchery_store @littlest_farm_shop for stocking our pizzas. Bands and DJ's Scratchband VillageBeatz Steve Thomas Nicky Phillips for giving the beer garden such a fabulous vibe. Pitch & Canvas it has been great delivering to your campers. Tattenhall Parish Council thankyou for asking us to be part of village events and to all of you, our customers, for coming out in all weathers to collect your pizzas, we have loved chatting with you.
Following 3 years of stretching and ‘woodfiring’ we have decided to hang up the pizza paddles for……for now!
What started as a ‘lockdown pop up’ to provide great pizza for collection locally, has kept going and going until we found ourselves producing par baked versions for our amazing retail partners, running a local delivery service, and hosting and supporting both public and private events. We are massively proud of FiredUp and all the people that have been involved in and with it, but have decided to bring it to a close this summer.
So please stock up and enjoy while you can! 😊
Our last Collection from the Bear will be Friday 25th August
Our last deliveries into our retail stockists will be w/c 29th August and available until stocks last
We do however have a few last hurrahs!
On Saturday 26th August we will be FiredUp@ Pitch & Canvas (time 4pm to 8pm) supporting Spike and Drews end of summer Pizza Fiesta and on Monday 28th August we will be FiredUp@ The Littlest Farm shop supporting Charlotte and Hugos ‘The Littlest Shindig’ (3pm to 7pm) www.facebook.com/events/327654696251916
So please enjoy some fresh traditional woodfired pizza with us and raise a slice (or a glass) to FiredUp
Don’t worry, this wont be the last you hear from us. We’ll be shouting out our thanks to those that have helped and supported us and of course will keep you updated on the developments with the pub.
A big shout out to Will for representing us at Mrs Bourne’s The Littlest Farm Shop Makers Market on Sunday and thanks to Charlotte and Hugo for having us. Great afternoon all round.
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL
Available for collection Friday & Saturday 5pm - 9pm
Pop along and pick one up or call us on 01829 423118 to place your order.
TATTENHALL RUNNERS EVENT
Great fun collaborating with The Sportsmans Arms on Saturday hosting Tattenhall Runners social event. With drinks from the Sportsman’s and Fresh Woodfired Pizza from FiredUp, it created a great night. Thank you so much Jo and Dee for accommodating us, lovely to work together.
CRACKING START TO THE SUMMER
It's been a busy few weeks providing pizzas for school residentials, a wedding, sports awards and campsite deliveries as well as providing our usual par baked pizzas in Mortons Spar Tattenhall , Huxley Deli, Store & Butchery and Mrs Bourne’s The Littlest Farm Shop
We are also open for collection of our hand stretched woodfired pizzas Friday and Saturday 5pm - 9pm. Why not pop along tonight to pick one up or call 01829 423118 to place your order
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TATTENHALL BEER FESTIVAL
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KING'S CORONATION GARDEN PARTY
Come and Join Us
NDUJA & HOT HONEY PIZZA
We have been working with Mrs Bourne's Cheshire Cheese again on a new pizza. Using their Garlic and Parsley Cheshire Cheese and adding it to a mascarpone base, topping with spicy Nduja and finishing with a generous drizzle of hot honey and a scattering of parsley this adds a lovely kick to a mid week tea.
MRS BOURNE'S CHESHIRE CHEESE PIZZA
We have been working with Mrs Bourne's to produce a pizza using their beautiful Mature Cheshire Cheese.
Based on inspiration from Cheshire cheese with a good dollop of HP Sauce, we have developed a lovely balance of flavours using mature Cheshire cheese, San Marzano tomatoes, sweet dates, a tangy apple and tamarind puree topped with salted red onions and a scattering of parsley. All ready for you to finish off at home.
Available exclusively at Mrs Bourne's Littlest Farm Shop from Thursday
FIREDUP@HOME - PARBAKED PIZZAS
Another busy day at the FiredUp oven as we restock Mortons Spar Tattenhall and @huxley deli store &butchery 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 currently have a Pizza & Pud offer on in the Spar - 2 pizzas in 1 box. 1 savoury and 1 sweet. Great treat for watching the footie or Strictly - the choice is yours. Enjoy
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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.