Bearwood is a district of the town of Smethwick and part of the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, originally a tiny hamlet it’s on border of Sandwell and Birmingham (England) in the West Midlands County. Bearwood is primarily a shopping and residence area, historically one of its greatest claims to fame is that it was the home of the famous Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company or Midland Red - The site of which is now a supermarket and car par.
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 traveling through Winson Green, past the City Hospital, down City Road (A457).
By motorway, get off at Junction 2 of the M5 and head down the Wolverhampton Road (A4123) towards Birmingham. Turn left at the McDonalds, Amber Tavern Public House and The Chiquitos Junction onto the Hagley Road (A456). Alternatively you may also take M5 Junction 3 onto the Quinton Expressway / Hagley Road (A456) and once again past the above mentioned restaurants.
Bearwood is served by a number of National Express West Midlands (Former West Midlands Travel) bus services, most of which call at Bearwood Bus Station, just off the Hagley Road next to the Kings Head Public House. Bearwood can be reached by most buses running down the Hagley Road, from Birmingham City Centre, also there is a service via City Road & Cape Hill (Number 82). As well as the bus station, some services take an alternative route via Three Shires Oak Road and call outside the Bear Tavern Public House. Services that start from Birmingham go on to Wolverhampton, Dudley, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Blackheath & Merry Hill taking various alternating routes.
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, Smethwick Galton Bridge or The Hawthorns and all about a mile and a half away near the High St Smethwick, they serve the local area. Most of the West Bromwich bound bus services pass one of the stations; Smethwick Galton Bridge has the most intense service and also serves certain destination in the North West. There is a limited service to London via High Wycombe from Galton Bridge and The Hawthorns. 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 biggest 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.
There is also the quite famous 'Drink Stop' on the high street, which is managed by Tony who has been a well known face on the High Street for the last 30 years. The shop is renowned locally and regionally for stocking a wide variety of unique products. The Drink Stop has been designed by Lapworth Architects the multi award winning Birmingham Architects and recnetly won Design Retailer of the year 2011.
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!