Having arrived in Chippenham after a long tedious journey from Northumbria we were looking for somewhere overnight to rest. Having visited two or three other hotels/B&B's in town - including the over priced Angel Hotel we walked over the Market Place to the 1700's building called the Bear Hotel.
Whilst, on entering, it does not look fancy or particularaly well appointed we were given a very warm welcome from the owner who immediatly made us feel at home and was more than willing to give us a deal if we wanted to stay more than one night. indeed the complimentary cup of coffee was particularaly satisfying as I sat downstairs whilst my partner was allowed to view the room.
We were shown to a room up a lot of stairs but the climb was worth it as we entered a very spacious double room looking over the market place. The king size bed was a welcome comfort after our journey and the room tidy and clean.
Not only did the landlord welcome us but also a number of locals who invited us to join their team for the weekly quiz though I have to say we didn't excell ourselves with our trivia knowlege blaming the long journey and tiredness!!!
In the morning we were treated top a lovely full English though a slight contradiction in terms in that it was with Scottish "square" sausage-yummy!
The hospitatlity was such that we decided to stay an extra night and were served a lovely home cooked roast in the evening.
The Bear certainly doesn't have all the facilities of it's 3 star opposition but it is a good honest pub and hotel where staff make you feel welcome. We are possibly moving to Chippenham and will certainly be making it our local if we do.
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- Also Known As:
- Bear Hotel Chippenham, Wiltshire