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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.
By motorway, get off at either Junction 2 of the M5 and head down the Wolverhampton Road-A4123 todwards Birmingham. Turn left at the Mc Donalds, Amber tavern and Chiquitos Junction onto the Hagley Road-A456.Then turn left at the Kings Head pub onto the Bearwood road-A4030
Junction 3 of the M5 head down the A456 towards birmingham. Then turn left at the Kings Head pub onto the Bearwood road-A4030
When you are on the Bearwood road that is Town centre.
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 is no large supermarket in Bearwood, the largest in close proximity being Asda in Cape Hill. However, there is an Aldi, Cooperative & Iceland on the high street. There are also a number of independents including three or four butchers, three florists and 2 greengrocers.
On the high street there are a few clothes shops, including a mature ladies fashion store, a discount store, a younger women's fashion store and a 'Peacocks'. There is also an independent shoe shop, Blunts. Three charity shops also take their place on the high street, three banks/building societies. There are a two dispensing chemists, and a non-dispensing drug store on the high street, a dentist and opticians. There is even a thriving building supplies shop on Three Shires Oak Road. Despite this very healthy selection of stores, both The high street and other streets seem dominated by takeaway premises.
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 excellent.Food is nice genuine and tasty. Karachi Kebab House opposite the Bear Tavern isn't too bad either but not apatch on neelams. 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!