Bearwood is an area, originally a tiny hamlet, bordering Sandwell and Birmingham (England) in the West Midlands.
From Birmingham City Centre, Bearwood can be reached by travelling down the Hagley Road (A456), one of the main arterial roads in Birmingham. It can also be reached by travelling through Ladywood and Smethwick, past the City Hospital then down City Road.
Bearwood is served by a number of 'West Midlands Travel' bus services, many of which terminate and begin at Bearwood Bus Station, just off the Hagley Road. Bearwood can be reached on the numbers 9,19,82,138,139,126, 120, 140 and 258 from Birmingham City Centre. The 126 connects Bearwood to Wolverhampton, the 140 connects it to Dudley (England), the 139 and 258 continue on to Merry Hill shopping centre and the number 9 terminates in Stourbridge (passing through Quinton, Halesowen and Lye).
Other buses not connecting Bearwood to Birmingham City Centre include the 444, 447, 448 and 450, all tracing various routes that terminate in West Bromwich and the 11 Clockwise and Anticlockwise services, known as 'the Outer Circle' which link the suburbs of Birmingham together, including Harborne, Selly Oak, Bourneville, Kings Heath, Hall Green, Perry Barr and Handsworth. Choice travel also run a limited service from Bearwood Bus Station to Weoley Castle, via Selly Oak and the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.
There are no train stations in Bearwood. The nearest train stations are Smethwick Rolfe Street and The Hawthorns, both about a mile and a half away that serve the local area. Birmingham New Street is only around 3-4 miles away and has services to destinations all over the country.
The nearest airport is Birmingham International, just over 10 miles away.
The majority of shops in Bearwood are situated on the high street and to a lesser extent on Three Shires Oak/Abbey Road. There isn't much in the way of supermarkets in Bearwood. There is an Aldi on the high street and a small Somerfield outlet but thats the lot.
Bearwood is home to the largest independant electrical retailer in the West Midlands - T.C Hayes. The company, which soon celebrates their 40 year anniversary is located directly opposite the Bear Tavern, where Sandon Road meets Bearwood Road. T.C Hayes LTD were voted the number one independant electrical retailer of the year 2007 by a nationwide survey of over 200,000 customers.
On the high street there are a couple of clothes shops, 'Ethel Austin' and 'Peacocks' as well as Blunts shoe shop. The high street and other streets are mainly dominated by takeaway joints.
By far the best off-licence in Bearwood is 'Global Wines' opposite the Abbey Pub, with a massive choice of Beers, Wines and Spirits it is a contender for best off-licence in Birmingham. Other off licences include 'Park Cellars' on the corner of Park Road and Upper Saint Mary's Road and 'Drink Stop' on the high street, both of these options are dearer than Global wines.
The Haweli on the Hagley Road opposite The Kings Head is widely regarded for its Peshawari cuisine. Allegedly, Sir Mark Tully ex India correspondent for the bBBC is a fan of its food
Bearwood High street is littered with a ridiculous amount of takeaway joints, most are not noteworthy of a mention.
Neelams Kebab House is the classic 's**t in a tray' merchant that is only suitable for a quick stop off at 4am after a night out in Birmingham the same goes for Karachi Kebab House opposite the Bear Tavern. It is open literally all the time.
There is a great chinese takeaway opposite Martins Tandoori and next to the Abbey. It is called Oriental Delight and is definitely one of the best in the surrounding area. For Traditional Fish and chips, 'The Abbey Fish Bar' is probably your best bet (opposite the Abbey). 'Lightwoods Fish Bar' sells interestingly coloured orange chips for the more adventurous traveller!