CAMRA review

The below extract from the East Dorset Area CAMRA Magazine “Ed’s Pint” Q3 2016 Edition

Over the last few months exciting things have been happening within our branch area, the micro pub finally “came to town”.


With all this exciting stuff happening, the transformation going on over in Wool may have just slipped under the radar?


Away from the core centre of our branch area, The Black Bear in Wool has quietly been going about its business in turning itself into a community pub of some reputation. Not a micro pub or a macro pub, but a traditional coaching Inn, a good old fashioned English pub.

Formerly a Hall & Woodhouse tied house it is now free of tie and offers up to four hand pumps on the bar, three of which are usually on offer at any one time. On my particular visit, the choices were, Tiny Rebel,Cwtch, DBC, Frosted Pale Ale & Sharps, Coaster.

There is also a “Coming Soon” blackboard& once again on this particular occasion, beers advertised were, Titanic, Plum Porter, Black Sheep, Golden Sheep, Butcombe Best Bitter & Orkney, Northern Light, Rotating beers, both regional & from further afield in my view are a win, win formula.

In addition to the excellent beer available, food also plays an important parts it often does and has to in village pubs.

I have to say the choice of food looked very good and in my opinion, it didn’t dominate the ambience & feel of the pub with regard to the drinker, as it sometimes can do.

This is very much a pub and a community one to boot, offering pub walks, curry nights, quiz nights, music night and the like. Just a few minute walk from the railway station, if you haven’t yet made it to The Black Bear – “Free House,” why not?

You need to get out more!