The team behind Islington pub The Albion, have opened their second venture in Cobham, The Old Bear, a ‘cosy country’ gastropub with the ability to serve expensive fine wines by the glass.
Richard Turner and Simon Anderson have created an extensive English menu with dishes such as Steamed Wild Rabbit and Bacon Pudding with Secretts Carrots and Chervil, Dexter Beef Wellington, and Whole Roast Lemon Sole with Sprouting Broccoli and Shrimp Butter.
Accompanying the food menu is a wine list that uses an Enomatic Wine Preserving System, allowing bartenders to serve expensive bottles by the glass whilst limiting the oxidization of the wine.
The interior of the 90-cover Old Bear is awash with wooden furniture, from tables, chairs and the bar, to the oak flooring and bare wooden beams above, creating a sense of warmth heightened by the focal point fireplace. A further 90 covers can be accommodated outside in the garden, which in the summer will be laden with herbs, vegetables and fruit tress.
Liam Kirwan, formerly of The Gun and Sand’s End, has taken over the kitchen at The Albion from Turner, who will turn his attention to The Old Bear.