BEAR Stone Blogger Launch Event *

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One of the perks of being a blogger is that we get invited to a lot of events such as restaurant openings, launches and to sample revamped menus. We were recently contacted by the team at BEAR to visit their newest store in Stone, Staffordshire to sample their brunch menu.  If you have not been to Stone, it is a lovely market town just 7 miles north of Stafford.  Located on the High Street in a property which was previously the old HSBC Bank, the architecture of the building looks stunning from the outside.  This is their third store, with Uttoxeter and Derby being the earlier stores which have been successful.  BEAR is aiming to be more than just a coffee shop and hopes to set out to be a refreshing alternative to the traditional pub or bar which is more common.

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Walking into the store, is felt really welcoming… the interior decorations are beautiful and very earthy.  They have designed to incorporate and preserve many of the site’s authentic features such as the original parquet flooring and introduced warm tones to give the place a more airy, modern and clean look.  We loved how they used the space well with lots of cosy nooks and large social tables, as well as a secluded mezzanine space that’s almost too easy to settle in to.

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They offer speciality coffee, signature cocktails and craft beer accompanied by all-day dining. From breakfast to brunch to lunch and finally dinner. If you like strong coffee, we would recommend ordering the Americano

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To start off our brunch meal, we ordered Baked Eggs which consisted of tomato and red pepper ragu, baked eggs, feta, tahini and flatbread which was priced at £7.50. This was our favourite dish and I know for certain this would be something we would order again. All the ingredients in the baked eggs was totally delish and it did not feel too rich as all. Serving flatbread with the dish is such a great idea, we only wished our bread was warm and soft as it turned hard and rubbery very quickly.

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We also ordered French Toast with lemon cheesecake. Priced at £7 the dish looked stunning when it arrived.  We could not see any cheesecake with it but soon realised that it was the drizzle on the top of the bread. The flavours were great and the raspberry sauce went well with the bread. Again, we did not feel the bread was warm enough  when we ate it (although we have to mention that it was a cold day and the doors of the restaurant was open so maybe our dishes got cold quicker than normal) in addition….a selection of fresh fruits and berries with the french toast would have pushed the dish a notch up.

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The atmosphere at BEAR was lovely! It was one of those places where you could head there for breakfast on your own, lunch with friends or dinner with a loved one and you would fit in ever so nicely. The place was atmospheric, the staff friendly and the decor was inviting.  We also had a chance to speak to Craig, one of the owners and totally loved their ethos of understanding about the freshness of the ingredients and knowing where it comes from to how it’s prepared and served.   BEAR-Stone-Brunch-Launch-Blogger-Event-Staffordshire-UK-Food-Blogger-Bacon

BEAR does serve some good side dishes which are available all day….and if you ever have the chance, do try out three of these dishes, the grilled halloumi (£2.50), smashed avocados and sumac (£4) and streaky bacon (£4). The side dishes tasted amazing and we finished our plates clean. The avocado tasted rich and wholesome, served with the pickled onions …if you love avocado then this would be great on toasted bread, while the halloumi was delicious. The streaky bacon was well cooked and crispy as well.

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BEAR is certainly a great place to chill out with family or friends, especially since it opens at 7am on most mornings (except for Sundays where it opens at 9am).  I personally find it hard finding a good local and homegrown coffee place to relax and unwind with a book and I am glad I have found BEAR.

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About BEAR

BEAR was conceived out of a passion, not just to offer great coffee, but also to create a comfortable environment in which to enjoy it. Founded in 2014, it was the realisation of a vision that co-founder Craig Bunting had in Australia whilst enjoying such an experience and wondering why he was unable to do so back in the UK.

Craig shared his vision with an old school friend Michael Thorley and the pair, both with the same love for coffee and a keen sense of adventure, set about researching the market, learning about the product and developing their skills with a view to creating something special.

The entrepreneurial pair identified a gap in the UK market, specifically in market towns and cities around the Midlands where there was nothing competing with the large chains – they decided to open a single site in their hometown as a concept, allowing them to fine-tune a model that could be rolled out throughout the UK and internationally. It all started with a coffee…

 

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Where is BEAR Stone Cafe?
BEAR, 57, High St, Stone ST15 8AH
Tel: 01785 819053

 

What are their Opening Hours?
Mon to Wed from 7am until 9pm
Thu to Sat from 7am until 11pm
Sunday 9am until 5pm

 

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*We were invited to BEAR for the launch in return for a feature. Unmarked photos from BEAR. All opinions are our own.

 

43 Comments

  1. November 5, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    Holy. Moly. Everything about that sounds amazing. I love getting together and meeting new people. Especially when it involves delicious food!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Yes great place for a girlie meet up too, for some chit chats and catch ups

  2. November 5, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    BEAR stone cafe… what a gorgeous name! I love the idea behind creating a place that’s relaxed and welcoming. I’m very put off places that speed you through quickly – so this already ticks all my boxes. Food looks so tasty!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks Annette, yes very inviting cafe with good food and coffee too

  3. November 5, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    We might have different niches but here I agree we all get a lot of invites and lot of people to talk around. However your review is as usual great. The food looks yummy.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 11:47 am

      Thank you again Monidipa, yes we try to keep our reviews as interesting as we can for our readers x

  4. November 5, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    Now I do like the look of this. A fun place to hang out with some great looking food too.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Yes not matter the time as they open at 7am on most days and close after dinner time

  5. November 6, 2018 / 12:50 am

    What a beautiful space! I love the decor. And the food and coffee look fantastic. This is the kind of place I would love to hang out at 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Yes its a lovely spot to hang out with friends or loved ones for sure x

  6. Mary
    November 6, 2018 / 12:59 am

    Food looks fabulous, and the restaurant looks very cool! Winning combo!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Yes and to top it all, they have good coffee as well

  7. November 6, 2018 / 6:05 am

    The food looks so good! Seems like everyone had fun x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Yes we did enjoy ourselves there, thank you

  8. November 6, 2018 / 6:50 am

    It’s definitely a lovely place I can see. I love the ambiance and what colorful food photos you have!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Glad you can see that, yes the food was really colourful to look at

  9. November 6, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    OMG this place looks amazing. I love to go and visit new places too here in my town. Great pictures!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Hope you do Hola, its such a cool place to hang out with friends or family. Thank you.

  10. Catherine Santiago Jose
    November 6, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Wow, that is such a nice place to hold an event like this and I can say that it came out very successful plus that foods look really delicious.

  11. November 6, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    Sounds super fun! Ideal event for both bloggers and not so bloggers. The food looks delicious too!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 7:54 pm

      Yes Lyosha, it is such an instagrammable location for foodie and photographers alike and for normal people as well

  12. Angela Fernando
    November 6, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    this place looks so welcoming! And your photos are amazing!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 7:53 pm

      Yes it such a warm and relaxing place and thank you for your compliments

  13. November 6, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    It’s nice when it happens, but I don’t get invited to enough places. I need to work on this. lol

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 7:41 am

      Hope you do Stacey, it won’t be long now

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 7:39 am

      Can’t second that enough Samantha

  14. November 7, 2018 / 1:03 am

    Such an excellent blogging brunch and event. I love socials like this where everyone can network and get acquainted over delicious food.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 7:39 am

      Absolutely Angelle, really nice to chit chat and just relax

  15. Danielle
    November 7, 2018 / 2:21 am

    This place looks so fun and that food looks amazing!! If I am in the area I would love to go visit there.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 7:38 am

      Glad to hear that!

  16. November 7, 2018 / 2:33 am

    They have done an amazing job of creating a great atmosphere and incredible looking food! Looks like a wonderful experience.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 7:38 am

      Yes they have Tiffany, the owners to take pride in listening to their customers as this is their third store

  17. November 7, 2018 / 3:05 am

    the food alone has me wanting to go. but it’s a great opportunity to meet new people!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 7:34 am

      Absolutely! And great place to just grab a coffee and relax too

  18. November 7, 2018 / 8:40 am

    What a gorgeous restaurant! And you take amazing pictures – so dynamic and sharp! Love it!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 9:25 am

      Thank you Karolina, glad you like it

  19. Preet
    November 7, 2018 / 10:26 am

    This looks like an awesome bloggers gathering. The place is incredibly beautiful. The food looks really great.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Yes the location was stunning and so modern as well

  20. November 7, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    Good coffee. Good food. Good people. Sounds like a place I would love to be.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 9:56 am

      it sure is Daphne and their ethos behind their business is great as well

  21. Surekha Busa
    November 8, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    This sounds like a great gathering of all bloggers and the food are all delicious.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you, yes the food was yum and we enjoyed it

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