The Bear Inn in Berkswell is just a few miles from Solihull and Coventry and has always had an excellent reputation for fine dining. It now belongs to the Chef and Brewer chain but has lost none of its charm and character over the years. It is open from midday onwards and the staff are friendly and welcoming .The décor is tasteful with thoughtfully placed tables in a large room with a few comfortable little nooks here and there and a lovely oak beamed ceiling. The menu and wine list is first class with some daily offers on 2-course and 3-course meals. All food is freshly cooked to order and the small wait is worthwhile for such delicious dishes. It is advisable to reserve a table, particularly in the evening, as we have always found the restaurant quite full at 7pm, even on a Monday. Didn’t notice any tables outside on our last visit but there is a large carpark to the rear of the inn.
If time permits. the pretty village with its church and the only museum in the Solihull area are just around the corner. The museum has been open for more than 30 years and a collection of exhibits all relating to Berkswell are housed in the sixteenth century cottage situtated at the rear of the Almshouses in the village centre. Actor Jeremy Brett was born here (starred as Sherlock Holmes in the Granada TV series in the 1980’s) and this is one of the exhibition attractions. Also, for ramblers there is some beautiful countryside to explore beyond the church.