North West, 52.23304,0.83597
Currently closed - may reopen?
Tostock Rd, IP30 9AG
grid reference TL 937 632
opened before 1844
The pub can be seen on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
Front bar, with comfortable seating. One eating area to the back, and a front restaurant seating area. Food is served 7 days a week.
There is easy access from the A14 as the pub was originally on the main Ipswich to Cambridge road.
The Bear was run by the same family from 1922 to 2016, when it was acquired by Old Cannon brewery.
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals: Thursday to Saturday
- Family friendly: Children welcome in beer garden
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks): Friday to Sunday
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Real fire
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Traditional pub games available: Skittles
Railway station about 1.7 miles away (see transport links for details)
Pub which retains a certain basic charm. Built on the site of a thatched pub which burnt down early this century. A photo of the original can be seen in the Smoke Room.
Beer: Adnams Broadside; Courage Best Bitter; Wadworth 6X.CAMRA's 1997 Suffolk Real Ale Guide
Petty session for Hundred of Thedwestry, for the hiring and retaining of servants to be held on Tue 30t Sep at Bayton White Mare and at Black Bear by order of Chief constables… Dinner at 1 o clock by their humble servants George Payne and Robert Durrant… stall stuff as usual. Ipswich Journal, 20 Sep 1794
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on October 1st in 1856 states that The Bear Inn, Beyton was to be sold in October.
Beyton, old established road side public house. To be sold by auction, on the 17th October 1860…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.