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50% off at Bears Cafe at The Packhouse

Found on Tongham Road in the idyllic town of Farnham, The Packhouse is an eccentric antiques selling extravaganza that rests beside the glorious Puttenhouse.

A treasure trove of beautiful and unusual things, the 400-year-old Grade II listed hop kiln is home to the charming little eatery known as Bears Café.

Taking over from the popular Café Fig and run by the same chef, Rupert Butcher, who boasts twenty years of culinary experience, Bears Café is now accepting tastecard members in to partake in all of the fantastic Modern British/European fare at a superb discount when calling in advance with their card. Beginning with the exquisite appetisers, which range between a scrumptious selection of crispy calamari and a rich chicken liver parfait, diners can consider themselves suitably prepared for the delights to come.

With a bigger kitchen than the old café, Bears is able to offer a wider cuisine range, and this is clearly apparent when perusing the collection of main courses. From the traditional British favourite that is the local beer-battered cod, which comes complete with mushy peas and hand-cut chips, to the pork belly bubble and squeak, there is enough to meet the needs of any palate and appetite.

Each dish is developed using only the best in locally sourced ingredients and are to be enjoyed in modern rustic and industrial-inspired surroundings. This all works with a wonderful service team and creates a pleasant country-market atmosphere. Be it for a quiet family meal, a catch up with some friends, or a casual evening out with the significant other, Bears Café at The Packhouse is fit to cater for all occasions.

Important Information

Please note: The tastecard discount will be accepted on the evening menu only and is not available on the lunch time menu.

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Miho said
" We had a great evening here. The food was fantastic and the staff was very friendly. We had..."
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Chris said "Something unexpected and decidedly good
We found this restaurant by chance using the tastecard search facility. Wasn't sure what to..."
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Alex said "Great new Restaurant , Well Worth A Visit!
Had a lovely evening here and the food was fantastic. We had a seafood sharing platter, roast..."
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Daz said
" we were looking for somewhere to use our Tastecard on Saturday evening and Bears at the Packhouse..."
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  • Miho said:
    " We had a great evening here. The food was fantastic and the staff was very friendly. We had 12hours slow cooked pork belly and steak pie. The pork was tender and delicious. Our children also enjoyed thier children's meal. It was only £5 but a proper food and a big portion! We were so lucky to find this restaurant on the tastecard website.
    Not many good restaurants offer 50% off on Saturdays. "
    Posted 1 month, 8 days ago...
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  • Chris said: "Something unexpected and decidedly good
    We found this restaurant by chance using the tastecard search facility. Wasn't sure what to expect as this is next to an antiques shop and wondered if it may be quiet. Pleased to say we were wrong.

    Having read other reviews we ordered a small starter between us and a main each. Portion sizes were good and we left feel very full.

    We had the fish cakes and hulumi burger. We also saw the slow roast belly of pork on another table and I guess that this would be their signature dish as it looked fantastic.

    A great deal for a Saturday night with the tastecard and will be going back in future. "
    Posted 1 month, 10 days ago...
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  • Alex said: "Great new Restaurant , Well Worth A Visit!
    Had a lovely evening here and the food was fantastic. We had a seafood sharing platter, roast belly of pork and the chicken breast.. all was superb, service was quick and friendly. A really good find - even if we had to search online for a menu which we eventually found on the restaurants own website not the packhouse site. "
    Posted 1 month, 23 days ago...
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  • Daz said:
    " we were looking for somewhere to use our Tastecard on Saturday evening and Bears at the Packhouse appeared as a new addition so we thought we would give it a try - we telephoned and the staff were very friendly, although they had to do some enquiring before they realised what a Tastecard was and accepted our booking for 20 minutes later.

    it was just after 5PM when we arrived so the car park was empty. it is set in a lovely enclave just off the A31 and is a part of the original Packhouse which is also home to an antiques shop, and a café. the restaurant itself is a transformed part of the old building with a lovely bar which is the main focal point is a hive of activity for the staff.

    the furniture in the restaurant is really nice - all wooden chairs reclaimed from churches - some with cushions if you prefer, and the tables all seat 2 or 4 and are made of old Singer sewing machines with marble tops. there are also longer and larger tables with bench type seating for groups or families and smaller tables can also be pushed together if need be.

    there is a daytime menu and an evening menu, the daytime menu is broken down into sections for breakfast, snacks, lunches and sides. the evening menu is a la carte and had a decent selection to satisfy most.

    for Starters my wife went for the Soup of the Day (Spicy Tomato and Basil) which was gorgeous and I ordered the King Prawns in Garlic and Chili which I must say was the most generous portion of King Prawns I have ever had - they were cooked to perfection and the garlic and chili oil was lovely too on rustic bread.

    for our Mains my wife had the chicken salad and this again was a very generous portion with plenty of chicken in there and lots of lovely salad vegetables including avocados with balsamic vinegar.

    I went for the 12hr Pork Belly which was server over Kale with a kind of potato and herb risotto topped off with a lovely big piece of crispy crackling and just enough lovely gravy - this was absolutely gorgeous and the meat was actually about twice the size of the portion of a similar dish served in Prezzo. I love my meat well done and it came this way by default, if you like it any other way then make sure you say so when ordering.

    as it was early evening there were only a few other diners and it wasn't busy, so the manager / owner took our order and was very pleasant. he answered any questions we had and was very attentive throughout. when we had finished our meal we got talking to him (Mario from Italy) and it turns out we were actually their very first Tastecard customers and that explained the earlier confusion on the phone earlier when one of the young girls answered to take our booking.

    we discovered (from Mario) that they serve tea in proper teapots and he also recommended their Afternoon Tea (which I assume you can use a Tastecard for too) so we will definitely go back there again for Afternoon Tea some day soon and we will also return for another meal
    as we had such a good experience in this lovely restaurant with friendly staff and great food. "
    Posted 2 months, 9 days ago...
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  • Miho said:
    " We had a great evening here. The food was fantastic and the staff was very friendly. We had 12hours slow cooked pork belly and steak pie. The pork was tender and delicious. Our children also enjoyed thier children's meal. It was only £5 but a proper food and a big portion! We were so lucky to find this restaurant on the tastecard website.
    Not many good restaurants offer 50% off on Saturdays. "
    Posted 1 month, 8 days ago...
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  • Chris said: "Something unexpected and decidedly good
    We found this restaurant by chance using the tastecard search facility. Wasn't sure what to expect as this is next to an antiques shop and wondered if it may be quiet. Pleased to say we were wrong.

    Having read other reviews we ordered a small starter between us and a main each. Portion sizes were good and we left feel very full.

    We had the fish cakes and hulumi burger. We also saw the slow roast belly of pork on another table and I guess that this would be their signature dish as it looked fantastic.

    A great deal for a Saturday night with the tastecard and will be going back in future. "
    Posted 1 month, 10 days ago...
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  • Alex said: "Great new Restaurant , Well Worth A Visit!
    Had a lovely evening here and the food was fantastic. We had a seafood sharing platter, roast belly of pork and the chicken breast.. all was superb, service was quick and friendly. A really good find - even if we had to search online for a menu which we eventually found on the restaurants own website not the packhouse site. "
    Posted 1 month, 23 days ago...
    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful... Did you?
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  • Daz said:
    " we were looking for somewhere to use our Tastecard on Saturday evening and Bears at the Packhouse appeared as a new addition so we thought we would give it a try - we telephoned and the staff were very friendly, although they had to do some enquiring before they realised what a Tastecard was and accepted our booking for 20 minutes later.

    it was just after 5PM when we arrived so the car park was empty. it is set in a lovely enclave just off the A31 and is a part of the original Packhouse which is also home to an antiques shop, and a café. the restaurant itself is a transformed part of the old building with a lovely bar which is the main focal point is a hive of activity for the staff.

    the furniture in the restaurant is really nice - all wooden chairs reclaimed from churches - some with cushions if you prefer, and the tables all seat 2 or 4 and are made of old Singer sewing machines with marble tops. there are also longer and larger tables with bench type seating for groups or families and smaller tables can also be pushed together if need be.

    there is a daytime menu and an evening menu, the daytime menu is broken down into sections for breakfast, snacks, lunches and sides. the evening menu is a la carte and had a decent selection to satisfy most.

    for Starters my wife went for the Soup of the Day (Spicy Tomato and Basil) which was gorgeous and I ordered the King Prawns in Garlic and Chili which I must say was the most generous portion of King Prawns I have ever had - they were cooked to perfection and the garlic and chili oil was lovely too on rustic bread.

    for our Mains my wife had the chicken salad and this again was a very generous portion with plenty of chicken in there and lots of lovely salad vegetables including avocados with balsamic vinegar.

    I went for the 12hr Pork Belly which was server over Kale with a kind of potato and herb risotto topped off with a lovely big piece of crispy crackling and just enough lovely gravy - this was absolutely gorgeous and the meat was actually about twice the size of the portion of a similar dish served in Prezzo. I love my meat well done and it came this way by default, if you like it any other way then make sure you say so when ordering.

    as it was early evening there were only a few other diners and it wasn't busy, so the manager / owner took our order and was very pleasant. he answered any questions we had and was very attentive throughout. when we had finished our meal we got talking to him (Mario from Italy) and it turns out we were actually their very first Tastecard customers and that explained the earlier confusion on the phone earlier when one of the young girls answered to take our booking.

    we discovered (from Mario) that they serve tea in proper teapots and he also recommended their Afternoon Tea (which I assume you can use a Tastecard for too) so we will definitely go back there again for Afternoon Tea some day soon and we will also return for another meal
    as we had such a good experience in this lovely restaurant with friendly staff and great food. "
    Posted 2 months, 9 days ago...
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