Sunday, 7 August 2011

WHITE BEAR REFURBISHMENT 2011

Here's the White Bear in Wheelock Street as it looked on the 4th August 2011. This town centre pub has had a...er...chequered career over the last few years ending up as a 'kid's pub' to rival the nearby Vaults and the now departed 'Cat's Bar' at the other end of the street. An undignified use for such a potentially attractive pub. Now, as can be seen, it's being given what I suppose we'll have to call a 'makeover', and a really substantial one. Even the white rendering on the walls has been removed. The black and white woodwork was patched up a couple of years ago but appears to be receiving more attention now and being upgraded to a very high standard, with certain period details picked out in gold. More than this we can't say, as we could only give the place a cursory glance in passing.
Word on the street - well, on Wheelock Street at least - is that the White Bear is to become what's usually called a 'gastropub' (surely there must be a better, less queasy-sounding term?) serving high class food in high class surroundings.
The bunting and banner, by the way, are left-overs from the Middlewich Transport Festival on the 23rd and 24th July.

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