The Bear's Paw

Nicely maintained and extensive Victorian inn with enjoyable food, half a dozen real ales and seats outside; bedrooms


Accommodation available
Speciality beers
Cask ales
Separate restaurant
Disabled access
  • Separate restaurant
  • Sandwiches sold

Typical main dish: Slow braised pork belly with black pudding and apple stuffing, spiced cassoulet, creamed potato and red wine jus

Typical main dish price: £17.95

Average two course evening meal price: £23.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales

Price of cheapest bitter: £4.30

Name of cheapest bitter: Weetwood

  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

Price of a bedrooms starts at £0.00

  • Children allowed in the bar
  • Children allowed in the restaurant
  • Dogs allowed in the bar
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

The good pub guide review

This spreading country inn is particularly known for the high quality of its food and service. All the interlinked bar rooms have plenty of individual character, but we particularly like the two little sitting rooms. These have panelling, fashionable wallpaper, bookshelves and slouchy leather furniture comfortably arranged beside woodburning stoves in magnificent fireplaces; stripped wood flooring and a dado keep it all informal. An eclectic mix of old wooden tables and some nice old carved chairs are well spaced throughout the dining areas, with lofty windows providing a light and airy feel and lots of big pot plants dotted about. There are stools at the long bar counter where cheerful, efficient staff serve Beartown Bears Paw (named for the pub) and a Weetwood ale suited to the season along with four regularly changing local guests on handpump, 15 wines by the glass and local cider; background music. A small front garden by the car park has seats and tables. Bedrooms are well equipped and the breakfasts are very good indeed. Disabled access. This is sister pub to the Pheasant in Burwardsley and the Fishpool at Delamere.

The good pub guide food review

A fine choice of well regarded pub food with Asian accents includes daytime sandwiches, beef hash cake with fried egg and confit tomato, prawn cocktail, confit duck leg, roasted lamb rump, panko-coated chicken breast, sweet potato and pulled jackfruit burger, and puddings such as apple and almond tart, knickerbocker glories and warm chocolate brownie.

2021 Awards

Licensee Introduction

Located in the heart of Cheshire, The Bear’s Paw is a characterful 19th century inn with 17 boutique-style bedrooms and its own AA Rosette-awarded gastropub. The inn has kept its traditional charm yet with a stylish contemporary twist, and the luxurious 5 star bedrooms are an ideal haven for a peaceful night's rest. The gastropub menu uses only the most fresh and seasonal produce, which is locally sourced wherever possible. The bar features six real ales from local micro breweries and a fantastic selection of renowned wines from around the world. The inn is dog-friendly throughout, meaning your canine companion is as welcome to relax and unwind as you are.

Our Food

The kitchen team takes pride in its home-cooked food, awarded for its quality with an AA Rosette. The menu features British pub classics alongside seasonal European-inspired dishes, all freshly prepared and using the finest local produce.

Name of Licensee

Andrew Nelson

Contact Details

The Bear's Paw, The Bear's Paw, School Lane, Warmingham, Cheshire, CW11 3QN

01270 526317

Pub Group: Nelson Hotels

Directions from the M6 Leave the M6 at junction 17 signposted Sandbach, Congleton, join the A534 followed by the A533 (2nd exit at roundabout) signposted Middlewich, Northwich. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit, still on the A533, turning left after approximately 2 miles onto Mill Lane. Just short of half a mile turn left onto Warmingham Lane, after a similar distance right onto Plant Lane, then immediately left onto Green Lane. After approximately 2/3 of a mile turn right onto Crabmill Lane and then left onto School Lane which will lead you to The Bear’s Paw.

Nearest motorway: M6

Nearest junction: Junction 17

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11

Saturday: 11-12

Sunday: 12-10