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The Black Bear Hotel
Ranked #22 of 23 Wareham B&B and Inns
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Pub and rooms lack charm and have not seen any recent update. Beds worn and small (very narrow), bathroom circa 1980s. Room generally clean. Entertainment in the evenings can disrupt a good night sleep.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank Daron L
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Beccie L, Manager at The Black Bear Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

We are sorry your stay with us was not as you would of liked, the hotel is a 17th century coaching inn which does restrict us to what we can do with the property, within the last year all the carpets in the bar, dining area , lobby and rooms have all been re-carpeted. I appreciate you mentioning the beds as we are replacing all the old beds if you could tell me which room you were in we will make that a priority.
We do advertise the fact we have live entertainment on Saturday evenings on our website which through-out the winter finishes at 24:00 and during the summer months finishes at 23:30.
Many thanks for your review.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is a wonderful place to stay, the rooms have been refurbished ,all very clean and tidy.
Comfortable beds.
Staff welcome you with a friendly smile.
The food is great plenty of choice on the menu including vegetarian options.
Good value book your stay in Wareham here.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Helen F
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Beccie L, Manager at The Black Bear Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Thank-you for your time spent writing a review for us at The Black Bear we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope see you again soon in the near future.
Many thanks
Beccie

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

The Black Bear Hotel is a collection of rooms and amenities reached by a common front door off of the main Wareham high street. Ok... so it was a Saturday night. BUT, to be told on arrival that there is live music in the bar directly below your room... is not helpful., especially when there are no other rooms available. We had booked well in advance. Yes, the room was large and in ok condition if you like the shabby 1970s look. Anyway.. no choice.. we stayed. The music was apparently going to stop at a quarter to twelve... that must be 'Dorset' for 2am. The fun started at 11pm when there was a mighty rumbling sound and it felt as though the wall was about to cave in. A glance outside the window showed a horse (and trap) secured to the pillar that was holding up the balcony adjacent to our room. The horse was obviously not impressed and was trying to make a gettaway. This went on for about 20 minutes. The owner of the horse and trap (and friends) continued with heated debate which was loud and full of expletives. There were intermittent escapades involving the owner of the horse and trap (and friends) racing the said horse and trap up and down the street outside. By 2.30am the pleasant and peaceful Wareham returned to its previous state. - In the hotel, the thin walls treated us to the loud conversation and activities in the adjoining rooms. If this sounds like your typical weekend away, this could be the hotel for you. We will be returning to Wareham and district, but we will be staying elsewhere.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank WorldTraveller55
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Beccie L, Manager at The Black Bear Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

I am sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us at The Black Bear Hotel, this particular sat night that you are referring to there was meant to be a live band on in the evening but it was cancelled last minute so we didn't have any live entertainment on. I am sorry about the horses that were tied up outside the hotel this has never happened before and hopefully never will again we did not like the fact that they were attached to the building and contacted the correct services to have them removed but this did not happen.
As you may be aware the building itself is a 17th century hotel so as i am sure you can appreciate we are very restricted on what we can do with hotel, all the rooms have recently been re painted and re carpeted.

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

We dropped in this pub on the off chance, we also had the dog but were made so welcome in the bar by the staff its hard to say no and always a good sign of being busy. The service was outstanding and such a friendly face behind the bar. The food was just excellent and you cant fault this, everything was cooked well and the portions just right. This place is well worthy for any good food and ale lover. We played chess and jenga whilst waiting for the food, the atmosphere was great and these good pubs with classic foods ad hard to find, please dont change because we shall visit again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

10.04.14 .. Nine of us walked in off the street, age range 5 - 70 yrs, we all had main courses & a round of drinks which came to just under £90.00 !!

Served Ringwood Best Beer, lots of choice on the menu, including several vegetarian options for one of our daughters friends.

Very firendly & quick service !!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Where to start?! Really bad rooms, awful bed, dirty bathroom, sticky carpets. It's a great shame because Wareham really needs a decent, reasonably priced hotel but this fell miles short.

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

My brother and I had a day trip to Wareham leaving early on Sunday morning without having any breakfast. We arrived about 09.30 am and The Black Bear was open. We both had coffee and I had scrambled egg on toast and my brother had a sausage sandwich. We enjoyed it so much and the service was so good that we decided to return at about 1.30 pm for a Sunday Roast. This was not on the menu that was given to us but we asked and there was a choice of Lamb, Beef or Chicken. We both opted for the lamb which came with roast potatoes, roast parsnips, broccoli, carrots and peas which were cooked, not hard. Very enjoyable, too full for dessert. Well worth a visit if you're looking for somewhere to eat in Wareham, especially on a Sunday.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Black Bear Hotel

Address: 14 South Street, Wareham BH20 4LT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Wareham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Wareham
Price Range: £37 - £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Black Bear Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Bear Hotel is a family friendly grade 2 listed period coaching inn, with 14 en-suite rooms, bar restaurant, pool table, beer garden and a function room that can be used for any occasion, business or leisure. We have a varied home cooked menu including daily specials and child options, featuring locally sourced produce. We serve local and regional real ales and selection of wines well behaved dogs are welcome. We have live music most weekends. We as a family took over the Bear on the 8th October 2012 and have been busy refurbishing the rooms and generally giving the old place a facelift, but not losing its character in the process. So the new management team, Lyn, Allan, Beccie, Podge and Maz would like you to welcome you if you choose to come and stay with us. There are several beautiful beaches and interesting sights close by. Wareham is an old market town enclosed by the famous walls and hold many historical features. The boat trips from the quayside to Poole are very popular. We are also central to Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth, Swanage and Corfe Castle, to name but a few. ... more   less 
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