We stayed at the Bear Inn for one night, arriving after dark, so got rather confused trying to find it! Rang the pub and the staff very helpfully gave us directions. This is a very traditional pub in its style, and the decor may not appeal to those who like a more modern,city gastro-pub style, but it is typically British and we had a lovely stay. Our room was quite small and basic but warm, and had a very comfortable bed. Lovely scenic views from the window. Due to the lack of space, the tea making facilities are in a communal area just outside the rooms, and as we were the only guests, it was no hardship to walk down a couple of stairs to make some early morning tea. Food was excellent and in very generous portions, as was the delicious English breakfast the next day. Lovely roaring fires/wood burners in the bars and I was not cold at all, being a person who feels the cold normally. The staff were very attentive and our check in/out was quick and straightforward. We were treated in a friendly but not overfamiliar way by the mainly young bar staff, and service was quick. An enjoyable experience.
- 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 Hotel Belper
- The Bear Inn And Hotel
- The Bear Inn & Hotel Belper, Derbyshire