Beware -SAT NAV has trouble finding the Inn! We had booked a Premier Four Poster Bed room but were shown to a Standard room with less than 12" space between the bed and the wall. Also it was not a Four Poster bed. The TV was in a most awkward place to watch. However the en-suite was excellent. When we asked to be moved to the room we had booked, the owner/manager huffed and puffed & made us feel we were inconveniencing him as he had 'customers to see to in the bar'. We were shown to another room with bad grace. We accepted this room with the Four Poster bed as it was what we had booked. This was a much nicer room although the en-suite was cramped. The linen and towels were exceptionally clean & white.
A short while later we asked for the hair drier and iron that according to the website should have been in the room. This prompted more grumbling and the statement that they couldn't be left in the rooms for safety reasons. The manager then told us he didn't have a key to the cupboard where they are kept & we would have to wait until the member of staff with the key returned to the hotel. As we were the only guests during our short break it shouldn't have been too much trouble to ensure our stay went smoothly.
One worrying point were the large blue laundry bags partially obstructing the Fire Escape. These were left there for over 24 hours.
The full English breakfast was excellent & the chef was very friendly, helpful and accommodating, displaying a level of customer service somewhat lacking in the manager. We didn't eat evening meals here but it was full each evening, so the food must be good.
The location was beautiful with lovely views over the surrounding countryside.
Although there are some negative points, overall we enjoyed the experience. Why does Basil Fawlty keep springing to mind???
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The earliest reference to a building here is 1528 – this would have been a parlour, hall, buttery, dairy, and kitchen. In 1690, the building became the property of the Hurt family, which then became an alehouse and soon after known as the Olde Brown Bear Inn. The Bear Inn, as it became known by 1735, lay on the Birmingham-Derby-Chesterfield-Sheffield turnpike road…..by 1764 it had become a prominent coaching Inn. The names and dates of all Innkeepers and owners from 1735 – 2008 is listed in the entrance hall of the Bear. Just standing beneath the beams of this fine English country Inn invites history to wash over you – sampling a pint or two of fine English ale helps the process! The fame of The Bear has spread across various counties and continents in recent years, mainly as a Gastro pub of note, a hotel, carvery & real ale venue. Real Food, Real Ale, Real People, Real Derbyshire – can be completed with Real History. The Bear can truly boast to be one of Derbyshire’s oldest & most renowned Inn & Hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Bear Inn And Hotel
- The Bear Hotel Belper
- The Bear Inn & Hotel Belper, Derbyshire