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“Old world rustic charm”

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The Bear Inn & Hotel
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

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.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Went to the Bear Inn for the first time on Sunday with friends. We booked our table at 4.30 and found out that the carvery had finished..........gutted. That said we could have a lamb dinner which was what was left, it was amazing. The chef was very generous and even came out to see if everything was ok with our meal. All food cooked to perfection and very tasty indeed.
Cant wait to go again......SOON!!!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

We had our wedding at the Bear last October. I knew I wanted to get married somewhere which was informal, cozy, and with a good choice of beers rather than something more 'stately'. The Bear turned out to be an excellent choice. The staff were all incredibly helpful throughout the planning stages and did a tremendous job on the day behind the scenes turning the rooms around and not keeping you waiting for longer than necessary. They also did a wonderful job of setting everything out, the room looked amazing.
We got to pre-book all the rooms for our guests which was a huge help and provided a list of local taxis for people staying in the surrounding areas. The rooms were all fine, and the breakfast the next morning was great. We had Carvery for our wedding meal (why wouldn't you if you have eaten their carvery) and that was perfect as always with a great selection of meats, potatoes and veggies.
The day could not have gone better, and all our guests had a wonderful time there. We did have some issues with guests finding the location as it is in the middle of the countryside. My advice would be the ios maps are more reliable than SatNav, but that is not a problem of the venues.
I have read a lot of reviews of people saying it is 'dated' or the 'rooms need modernising' this is an old coach house, and as so has kept its rustic charm. I personally don't think this is a bad thing, and was my reason for choosing the venue in the first place.
All in all I could not have asked for a better day, or better service from the Staff.
I did try to envisage the location when trying to plan the decor and there are not many pictures on the internet. If anyone wants to see how great this place can look kitted out for a wedding or party there are some pictures on our photographers website: http://www.weddingphotographybyedgodden.co.uk/helen-chris

Room Tip: We stayed in the 'Honeymoon' room, and the bath is amazing!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Helen F
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We visited The Bear to stay over on New Year's Eve, having had a lovely stay in the summer. The bar and restaurant have a lovely cosy and welcoming feel and there was a nice atmosphere in there during the evening.

When we arrived, we were shown to our room. Unfortunately, the radiator had not been turned on and it was unpleasantly cold. The room did warm up a little bit but not enough and, by the morning, the room was very cold again.

Overall though, this is a very pleasant and relaxing place to visit. The food is very good, the staff and locals are friendly and there is always a nice atmosphere in the bar.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

Have been visiting the bear for a few years but the food seems to just get better and better! Partner said it was the best steak he d eaten ! don't normally leave reviews but don't feel the 3.5 out of 5 stars does the bear justice

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

We came up to the Bear to visit where my sister is getting married next summer. The interior of the pub is so beautifully old and it's a shame we won't need the log fires in the summer! The pub staff were quite busy with it being Sunday lunch but attentive and we didn't have to wait long for anything. The lunch had a great selection to choose from, especially the meats. Excited to see the place put on a wedding next year!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

this was the second time i have been to the bear inn this year,walking through the cold corridor which was dark and not a very welcoming feeling i turned into the carvery room which was also a little chilly although the room does have a log burner in and working. as far as the carvery goes excellent choice of meats,vegetables where on the hard side [i like them cooked not just dipped in the hot water] good choice of potatoes,mash,boiled,roast.pity no atmosphere maybe if chef decides to do the vegetables a little longer i may visit this place again but at the moment there are loads of very good alternatives to visit.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank derbweb1
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Additional Information about The Bear Inn & Hotel

Address: Belper Road | Alderwasley, Belper DE56 2RD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Belper
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Belper
Price Range: £52 - £84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bear Inn & Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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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