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The White Bear (Bar, Restaurant)

Picture of The White Bear in Lambeth & Elephant & Castle, London

138 Kennington Park Road, Lambeth & Elephant & Castle, London, SE11 4DJ
Cuisine: Pub
Tel: 020 7735 8664 | Email to The White Bear | Transport: Kennington | Write review

The White Bear Review

Top 10 things to know about The White Bear:

1) This pub is a place you’ll want to hug after tunneling the Northern line. Hop off the tube at Kennington, turn left and carry on until the street lamps glow. 

2) The White Bear façade is plain bear country, just your average Young’s pub. But as you approach, you’ll see it’s positioned beneath an old theatre; Hmm, interesting.

3) A stuffed bear will welcome you at the door. The vibe is eccentric and there is purposeful dishevelment in the layout. Mismatch ornaments are scattered amongst the sofas and memorabilia is dotted on the walls. The style is plucky, but accomplished. Guy Fawkes stored his gunpowder here once upon a time!

4) If you're looking for a hearty starter, try the Cornish yarg and spring onion tart. What a triumph! If you'd rather share, the White Bear Board is a sociable choice. For just £8, you can fill up with meatball ragu, spicy wings and a generous helping of olives and sourdough bread. 

5) Mains are less impressive. Ask for a rare steak and it arrives closer to overdone. Thankfully, the chips are proper pub chips and the béarnaise sauce is bang on. Desserts OK, although the caramel ratio isn’t quite enough (being a die-hard Ambrosia girl, I couldn’t quite relish in the runny yellow texture). 

6) This area of town might be residential, but the clientele is not local. The vibe is studious and arty. Spot a few Shoreditch dwellers in brown rimmed glasses and ungainly Dr. Martin shoes at the bar ordering drinks. 

7) The White Bear is perfect for a mid-week jaunt. Assemble your A-Team and stroll down on a Wednesday from 8pm for their pub quiz. Only £1 to play.

8) For 25 years, the White Bear theatre has been entertaining the crowds with ground-breaking performances. Next time, drop in for a pre-theatre ale and catch a performance upstairs.

9) The staff are very attentive. Perhaps too attentive when it comes to napkins. They will give you a new napkin for every course, part of the Victorian etiquette perhaps? 

10) The White Bear in Kennington has such wonderful spirit and warmth, you’ll want to stay indefinitely. After a few unwinding glasses of rioja, the tube might seem unBEARable, so book an Uber and finish the bottle!
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  • Cuisine Type: Pub
  • Group: Youngs

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