Business as usual at Devizes pub


After eight years as Business Partner of Wadworth’s flagship hotel and pub, The Bear in Devizes, Gordon Straker is taking on the role of Managing Partner.

The move comes as, regional pub operator, Wadworth moves The Bear into its managed house estate but, with Gordon at the helm and all staff remaining in place, it will be business as usual for guests.

The Bear’s landlord, Gordon Straker, said: “At 70 I think it may be time to slow down a little but I’m not ready to stop just yet!

“I was keen to stay involved at The Bear and feel this is the start of a new era for both me and Wadworth. I look forward to continuing to welcome guests, old and new, to the hotel.”

Rupert Bagnall, Operations Director at Wadworth added: “Gordon has been a fantastic Business Partner for us and we are delighted that he has agreed to join us as a Managing Partner.

“He is an asset to both Wadworth and the town.”

Situated in the heart of Devizes, the 16th century hotel has entertained many notable guests including King George III, Queen Charlotte and Edward VII.

The Bear has 25 en-suite bedrooms, a celebrated restaurant serving seasonal, simple ingredient-led dishes – showcasing the best of local produce – and the Cellar Bar which hosts regular open mic, comedy and live music evenings.