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Innkeeper's Lodge Sandbach Homes Chapel
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   The Bears Head | Brereton Green, Sandbach CW11 1RS, England   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Sandbach B&B and Inns
wakefield
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Exceptional Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

Stayed here for three nights in August on a special promotional deal, £75 for three nights including continental braekfast. How cheap can you get. Nice Pub with friendly atmosphere and some decent cask ales. Food was of a good quality and not overpriced and the service was prompt and friendly.
Rooms were in an annexe, twin with ensuite bathroom, flat screen tv and tea/coffee facilities. Very clean newly decorated. Exceptional value, you'd be lucky to get a B & B in blackpool for this money!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Travelexperience12
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

Check in during the late afternoon was pleasant and cheerful. Was shown personally to my room which was in the main building. Some other rooms in an annexe were being redecorated.
The room on the ground floor was small but perfectly adequate with a reasonably sized en-suite shower. My only negative aspect, was when a very noisy guest arrived in the room above, who appeared to spend their time walking heavily around the room.
My evening meal in the integral restaurant was very good and served promptly, although I did have to wait at bar for no apparent reason to settle the bill.
The buffet continental breakfast had an excellent range of non-cooked food, although the overview attention by one member of staff was very limited.
Overall very good value, which appeared to be generally recognised with non-booked latecomers being unable to secure accommodation because all rooms were taken.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

Again stayed at the Bears Head. This time in one of the annex rooms. This had been newly refurbished with fresh paint and new carpets throughout. The stay cost us £34 including a quite substantial continental breakfast. Yes, the rooms are quite small but well appointed and very, very quiet. There were extra pillows, complementary toothbrushes and little items you may have forgotten to bring available at reception. This hotel is a little gem. We were there when they were undergoing an annual 'deep clean' and the pub and restaurant sparkled as a result. The restaurant is popular and therefore is quite busy. A super stay, not far off the M6 but with individuality and charm that many motorway hotels lack.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

Decided to have a run out after a week-end of torrential rain, we stopped at the Bears Head because from the outside it looked inviting with it's beautiful exterior showing loads of character. However, on stepping inside it was very dark due possibly due the low beams.But it lacked atmosphere and general warmth. We found a table, slightly sticky but ordered from the daily specials board to give the place a chance to shine. We waited 20 mins for a microwaved jamican stew and a half hearted attempt to make belly pork look appealing. Come on, you've got a beautiful position on that busy road, don't take it for granted. We won't be back, and will not recommend you.

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

I stopped off here having travelled down from Scotland, arriving late in the evening. I read all of the recent reviews, but I found it to be great value at £51 for B&B. The room was small and the floor borads creaky, but it was more than adequate and clean. The ensuite was similarly clean and modern. I didnt have evening meal on my arrival, but the place was busy and it seemed toi have a loyal local support. This probably says something about the quality of the food. It was great being able to pop down for a pint before bed, so i found it a good stop off and I would have no heistation in doing so again. Its not 5 star, but considering the cost and the service, it deserves a good rating.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011

Wanted a break from driving on the way from Ullapool to Oxford and found this gem by accident.

Huge choice from the menu and reasonable value for money

Rooms cost £51.00 - not per person but per room so bear that in mind

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

Very disorganised on arrival you have to wait till from behind the bar is free to book you in. The room was small but bed very clean a pity you can not say that about other areas as I can only suspect the cleaner could not bend down or reach behind the TV to remove dust. The bathroom was quite another thing altogether; the was black mould growing along the edge of the bath and shower, up the walls, around the windows and in the corners behind the toilet. The net curtain was hanging down, if you even looked at the soap dispencer it fell off the wall as did the tissue dispencer plus the windows may have fallen out if you opened them. To add insult to injury we had very inconsiderate neighbours banging doors and stamping around between 2am and 3am then an early morning call alarm sounded every morning at 5.45am and did not reset itself till 6.05am; a request to check this out resulted in the manager coming to our room to 'sort it out'. We had booked for bed and breakfast but on the first morning not even one member of staff turned up to open the restaurant or prepare breakfast. All in all a very disappointing time and a comlete waste of money. We will not be back!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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awoolfenden, Manager at Innkeeper's Lodge Sandbach Homes Chapel, responded to this review, March 16, 2012
Many Thabks for your feedback.

Please may I assure you that all the rooms have now been refurbished and the issues you had with the breakfast have been resolved.

We do hope that you will come and stay with us again in the future following our refurbishment.
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Additional Information about Innkeeper's Lodge Sandbach Homes Chapel

Address: The Bears Head | Brereton Green, Sandbach CW11 1RS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cheshire > Sandbach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Sandbach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Innkeeper's Lodge Sandbach Homes Chapel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bears Head is conveniently located just off J17 of the M6 and not far from Holmes Chapel. The hotel is convenient for Knutsford and Crewe. Each of our 25 rooms has a refreshing shower, a desk to work at, Wifi in every room, telephone and modem services, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen digital TV and a comfortable bed. Breakfast is a complimentary continental buffet, however there is a cooked breakfast available and an additional charge and is served in the Bears Head Vintage Inn next door. We are coveniently positioned for attactions such as Alton Towers,Joderal Bank and also Chester Zoo. We are also within a short journey of Manchester International Airport and for shopping trips to the Trafford Centre. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bears Head Innkeepers Hotel Sandbach
Innkeeper's Lodge Sandbach Homes Chapel Cheshire, England

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