On Location with Fired Up at the Bear
The beloved Bear & Ragged Staff in Tattenhall was lying empty at the heart of the village looking a little forlorn following a period of neglect and at risk of being developed into houses. In 2019 it was announced that local Tattenhall residents Martin Hilton & Brian Mellor are to re-open The Bear.
The focus of course is on great food and drink, chef Brian has a well-deserved reputation for developing great talent for the hospitality industry; this year he received an outstanding contribution award from Taste Cheshire as well as being named Cheshire Life Food Hero of the year. Martin is one of only a handful of beer sommeliers in the country and his previous venture won best beer pub in the Great British Pub awards.
It’s not just about the food and drink. The pub has a first-floor function room which will be reopened along with the addition of eight en-suite bedrooms to provide a fantastic venue for celebrations, events and meetings, it will also provide an attractive and interesting space for the corporate market too.
Fired Up at the Bear is the first step in an exciting plan to get the pub back up and running with the first firing up the oven taking place in early September. ‘FiredUp @the Bear’ will offer authentic, fresh, wood-fired pizza and I was very excited to spend a Sunday afternoon with Martin, Brian and their family photographing them and their pizza’s as they got to grips with the menu!
I’d like to wish them the best of luck with their venture and I can’t wait to work together again!