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The Bear of Rodborough Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Stroud
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 August 2013

My partner and I stayed here for 2 nights on a Cotswold break & had a lovely time. The hotel is cosy and welcoming - especially the friendly receptionist. Would recommend that you ask for a room in the main building, the ones in the annex are not as nice.
The three course dinner was very good, beautifully presented, and we also had a cream tea and a bar meal during our stay, all of a good standard.
Plenty to see in the surrounding area, nice walks over the common. we also enjoyed watching the croquet games, although didn't have a clue on the rules!!

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We have visited the 'Bear' before. Its in a fabulous location. If you like your walks, a few nice pubs to walk to, and want to witness a world where cows roam the roads, nearby villages and fields (including a golf course!), then this place is a must. Its a different world at Rodborough Common and the 'Bear' is well placed for one to take advantage of the SUPERB scenery that's all around you. Food was better on this visit, our evening meal was excellent. I still have a gripe about the beers tho. That being said, living in Burton on Trent (home of GREAT beers) probably spoils me. MANY THANKS to the Bear for the room upgrade we had to celebrate our 34th anniversary. We do prefer the rooms in the main house. We have found all the staff friendly and its nice to see the same faces again, suggests that staff like working there too. Ensure you build in visits to Tetbury and Cirencester on your stay, both very nice towns. All in all a lovely hotel, as I have said before, if it wasn't, we wouldn't keep going back.

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Our stay was an unplanned gift but we are very glad we got the opportunity to stay here. The hotel is situated on Rodborough Common and is surrounded by great walks and scenery.

Our room was extremely quiet but being next to the car park and on the main footpath to reception, and not having any nets, we spent most of the time with the curtains drawn as everyone could see straight into our room. The bed was extremely comfortable and the room well appointed with lots of lighting, tea and coffee facilities and a bath and shower. The building (and rooms) have been beautifully and sympathetically decorated in keeping with the arts & craft age of the main building and are well maintained. There is also a large croquet lawn for the use of the guests.

We used both the bar and restaurant and found the food and service to the first class. There were good vegetarian options but no gluten free bread was offered. The restaurant at £28 for two courses or £32 for three wasn't cheap but it provided a more fine dining experience and we didn't feel cheated for the money. There is also a very respectable wine list. The bar is more informal but again has good options and excellent service.

The only downside of our stay was some minor housekeeping issues around attention to detail but these were quickly and politely dealt with by reception, who again provided excellent and friendly service.

We are planning to return and feel that this hotel represented excellent value for money.

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

My wife and I stayed on a two night break in August via secret escapes. It was advertised as a 49% discount but was actually £67.50 when the normal rate is £70. I will be taking this up with the ASA. The hotel is dog friendly and rooms are good value but there are a couple of issues. The rooms in the country annex get very hot in the daytime and are hard to cool down with only one small window to open.
The food was disappointing with the first night's meal served lukewarm, although to be fair it was completely replaced with a good meal. The first breakfast was also lukewarm despite quick service which implies it wasn't really cooked to order. The second dinner was a disaster with salad nicoise served with fridge cold tuna that had just kissed the pan. I asked for it to be slightly more cooked but still rare. It came back, sarcastically in my view, so overcooked it was rubbery. I didn't even know tuna can go like this. I did not bother trying again but insisted it was removed from the bill.
The breakfast next day was good.
On balance I still think this is a good value hotel and would recommend it.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Had one night with wife and 3 year old in room at top of hotel with extra bed. Lovely hotel, full of charm and bags of character. Check out the bears in reception! Good unpretentious food and friendly staff. Would recommend a walk on Rodborough Common, then an hour or two watching the croquet from the terrace with a cold beer (or two). Watching cows wander right outside while enjoying breakfast was a treat. Nb - reviews are obviously subjective but I never give 100% for anything (and trust such reviews even less!j).

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We had a most enjoyable stay at the Bear. All of the staff were welcoming to us and our dog and could not have been more attentive. We stayed in a dog friendly room on the ground floor Garden Rooms which was most acceptable - although when we re visit I would prefer a room overlooking the common rather than car park. Overall a good experience with good dog waking from the door over Rodborough and Minchinhampton Common. Selsey Common and Woodchester Park also good for dog walks.

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Did the Dinner bed and breakfast deal for £138, lovely nights stay with a nice clean modern room in the main house with views over the countryside. Dinner and breakfast both very nice and we were impressed with our room which was classed as a small double, which was actually a pretty good size

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Address: Rodborough Common, Stroud GL5 5DE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Stroud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Stroud
Price Range: £94 - £173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bear of Rodborough Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set within 300 acres of National Trust land with views over the Cotswolds; The Bear of Rodborough has 46 classic country bedrooms, a lively bar, restaurant and plenty of places to sit back and relax. The hotel is dog-friendly and ideally situated for visiting the beautiful towns of Gloucestershire. ... more   less 
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