Bear71, High Street
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This large 18th Century coaching inn stands back from the High Street. Smartly decorated throughout. Bar area is to the front and left with more formal dining at right rear. The pub used to be the posting house and second stage for London to Portsmouth coaches and was used by Lord Nelson. The Bear & Ragged Staff (as it was originally known) was built on the site of the Earl of Warwick's hunting lodge (his crest included a bear). There has been a pub here since 1460. Nine ensuite bedrooms. Handy for Sandown Park racecourse. Quiz night Sunday. Occasional live music. Opens early for breakfasts. Changing beer is from Young's list.