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The Bear Inn & Hotel
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

I visited The Bear with some friends in the hope of getting a quick drink and bite to eat. The first issue was the speed of service at the bar, it took ages to get served. The place is obviously under staffed, it was a bank holiday - did they not think they would be busy?
Ordered food at 2:15pm, order taken by a lady who clearly hates her job and audibly huffed her way through the process. It didn't arrive until 15:30, by this point it wasn't even that busy. Despite waiting an hour and a quarter there was no offer of an apology. The food itself was ok - I had the "Special bacon" and cheese burger, tasty, good quality meat, but the bread was poor and just fell apart meaning it was actually possible to eat it as a burger. Good chips though.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed 27 May 2013 via mobile

Having stayed at the bear for 1 night on Sunday the 26th of may I would like to say how nice this was. A great range of real ales and wines to choose from. We had lamb shank for our tea and it was very nice. The meat fell off the bone and a lovely rich mint gravy which there was plenty of. We also both had bakewell pudding which was very nice. There was a wait for the food but it was understandable seeing as it was so busy. We will definitely be visiting again soon.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank Whusg
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

We visited for a meal while in the Peak District over the May bank holiday. Arrived soon after 2 and went inside to be seated, when we asked whether they had a table for 6 of us we were told very unhelpfully "You have to order first, then we get a table". Not off to a good start.

Our order consisted of 3 roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, 2 fish based dishes and a lamb and mint sauce, as well as "bread for the table" and "water for the table", two terms which no restaurant I have ever visited has found difficult to understand. 10 minutes after being seated we were presented with a saucer with two pieces of sliced toasting bread and a couple of packets of butter on top, this was our "bread for the table", which for somewhere that proudly bragged about its homemade rolls simply left us dumbstruck. My father returned the bread and asked for something more appetizing, a further 10 minutes passed, in came half of a small French roll on a saucer, with butter to accompany, at this point even further staggered at how this establishment could not comprehend "bread for the table" we gave up with it.

But oh wait, it gets worse. We were told after ordering that the food would take half an hour, which didn't seem too bad. We were left stuck indoors on the most glorious day of the year for 1 hour and 45 minutes waiting for the food to arrive, absolutely unacceptable by any restaurants standards.
When the food arrived, the roast beef was overdone, cooked to be brown and dry throughout it looked to have once been a nice joint but must have been left in the oven for hours longer than was needed. The portions of meat were generous enough, but nowhere near enough potatoes or vegetables, and the smallest drizzle of gravy to attempt to bind the meal together. I was told the lamb and fish dishes were tasty but nothing special.
The "water for the table" never did arrive, despite asking a further two times, I resorted to getting a bottle out of the car to help quench peoples thirst, as by that time we had no desire to part with any more of our money at the bar (stocked with plain, regular lagers rather than locally brewed real ales which one might expect in a "Good Pub guide" recommended pub).
To top it off, some of the least friendly staff I have ever encountered and a bill for over £130.

I'm still waiting for that water...

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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9  Thank TYK91
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

This is a real old fashioned pub and very cosy with log fires. The food is second to none. Real home made food and very tasty. You have to wait a while but isn't that a sign of freshly made food. You get far too much but some how manage to finish it. Most of us even had pudding which was again very good. Service was excellent. The only drawback were the toilets which could do with updating and a fresh lick of paint. It's probably best to book at the weekend as it appeared very busy. I would recommend this pub to anyone who likes the atmosphere of days gone by and good wholesome food.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Angela G
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

i knew this used to be a busy restaurant so i booked a week in advance by e-mail,this was acknowledged within 48 hours and then i phoned a few days later just to make sure that the room i had booked to go in was ok,,on arrival i was told i would have to go in a different room by a young woman who was sitting behind the bar who had no customer relations with her attitude,anyway we did sit where i requested.this over the carvery was fairly good the well done beef was not well done at all,as they give you a choice of beefs as well as pork ,lamb , etc.the choice of veg was very good also the choice of greens i like the touch of small sausages cut into slices and the potato wedges.if you go in winter take extra jumper as it was cold although they had a small woodburner all in all but have had better for the price

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Thank derbweb1
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