Roll up, roll up! The White Bear, Kennington is ready to put on a show. Situated beneath the award-winning White Bear Theatre, the pub has undergone a 19th century design overhaul guaranteed to transport you to the heyday of London’s Victorian pubs, with a menu of brilliant British classics and a creative craft beer selection.
Reviving The Great British Pub
Open since 1780, The White Bear certainly has plenty of dramatic stories to tell. Guy Fawkes, London’s most-loved rebel, stored his gunpowder here for the infamous, blowing-up of Parliament, while the jaw-dropping acts of the travelling circus at nearby Kennington Green distracted even the most law-abiding Victorian.
Pass the unassuming frontage and move backstage to a world evocative of this most-curious time, bedecked with dark wood floors and exposed brickwork. Pull up a stool at the island bar lined with your favourite liquors or watch the bartenders juggle cocktails from the hidden 10-seater snug.
Each dish on the seasonal menu gives a new meaning to what great British pub food should be, using the freshest locally sourced produce. Want to know what The White Bear’s really famous for? Ultimate indulgences of Beef Wellington served with black cabbage and chestnuts; steak and kidney suet pudding with colcannon; and roasted chicken and chips with a silky Béarnaise sauce will reveal the kitchen’s best-kept secrets.
For days when a sarnie just won’t cut the mustard, starters of bubble and squeak with Nutbourne tomato salsa; or ham hock terrine with crispy quail’s egg and piccalilli will kick things off on a high. Come the mains, enjoy a curious take on the classic scampi and chips in the form of perfectly roasted monkfish with Queenie scallop scampi, pea puree and buttery-soft steamed new potatoes; or go for that Old-London classic cockles and mussels, updated with a slice of artisan sourdough. Wrap things up with jam sponge pudding with clotted cream or apple and berry crumble, served with possibly the best custard this side of the river.
Make like a real Victorian with a good pint in hand from the likes of Camden Town Brewery, Founder’s, Hiver and Beavertown. There’s also a top-drawer list of whisk(e)y cocktails inspired by the Victorian’s love of worldly adventures, including Japanese Hibiki Whisky, New York Old Fashioned and The Scottish Play. An extensive wine selection groups its bottles based on style and flavour rather than region, so you’ll always find the perfect sip.
Thespians, hop habitués and foodie-fans unite! Whether you’re popping in for a pre-show pint or swapping secrets over an intimate dinner, The White Bear is sure to prove a show-stopper.