We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Fulfilled all our needs” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Bear Inn

The Bear Inn
We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Wincanton
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
The Bear Inn
12 Market Place, Wincanton BA9 9LP, England   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #4 of 8 Wincanton B&B and Inns
Hastings
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fulfilled all our needs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

We booked this hotel almost blind as a last minute extension to a trip to bath and Glastonbury, so did not know what to expect.

On arrival we were told our room was in fact in some cottages across the road, which wasn;t so bad as the other half was worried about noise from the pub.

The location is quite good, just a few minutes from Glastonbury (where we were visting but couldn't find a room!) and even though we arrived in the evening, it appeared to be close to a lot of shops and have good facilities for a village.

The room was very nice. Modern with a seperate sitting area and sofa bed including flat screen TV as well as another TV in the bedroom. The bedroom was very spacious and nicely decorated. Only thing missing was a phone to contact the reception desk or make calls, which was back downstairs at the entrance to the cottages?!

We ate at the inn which had a very homely feel. The food was good, backed camembert was delicious, but could have done with a bit more bread - we didn't get to ask as no one as around to serve us! The mash with the lamb could have done with a bit more seasoning or flavour (tasted like smash). The service at dinner though really let us down. It took over an hour to get our main course, and no service from staff in the mean time. When we asked if we could have another drink when our main course finally arrived, the waitress said she couldn't orders at the table, even though we had a tab! and just walked off! After we finished our food, the plates were cleared, no asking if all was ok, and no offer of dessert menu! So we just left and settled our bill in the morning! Quite disappointing end to our two day trip, as the pub had a very warm atmos[phere to it. Look elsewehre to eat maybe to avoid tarnishing what could otherwise be a very lovely stay.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

23 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    12
    6
    3
    2
    0
See reviews for
5
3
2
2
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room Tips
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
mike0117
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

A group of us visited this pub on a rainy Saturday afternoon we were visitors to the area and needed food. The atmosphere of the pub was very friendly with a open fire and olde worldly homley feeling. We had a 2 course meal for £4.95 and it was a bargain and also good beer.Visit this pub next time your in the area and i m sure you wont be dissapointed. Also large carpark at rear of building which is good because not much parking anywhere else.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Devon
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

We booked 2 nights here at the last minute as our daughter was competing in a swimming competition nearby.

Having previously stayed at the local Travelodge (don't stay there!) and had a terrible night's sleep we were keen to find something a little quieter!

Upon arrival we were greeted by the man on the reception (I assume he was the manager) & all the details of our reservation were at hand, He explained the rooms & was very courteous. They obviously knew they had other swimmers staying there who needed to be at the pool early as we were offered breakfast earlier than is normally available at the weekend.

We stayed in room 19 in Blossom Cottage. The pub itself is very old but refurbished to a high standard & the rooms are in little cottages. Ours was actually down the road a little & on the opposite side. We didn't mind this as had thought they would be above the pub & therefore noisy.

We were able to park the car outside the cottage. I think that there are 4 rooms to each cottage - 2 down & 2 upstairs. You walked into a small sitting area
with a sofa, table & flat screen TV. They had made up the single sofa bed ready for our daughter.

We had a comfortably sized double bedroom off of this room with a tv with freeview channels. Perfect for when our daughter was asleep. The bathroom was clean & looked newly fitted with a bath & shower over.

The rooms were very comfortable & most importantly they were quiet.

Breakfast is served back in the main pub. The chef & waitress were there an hour earlier than normal & we had fresh breakfast cooked to order. The waitress was very friendly & nothing was too much trouble.

We will definitely use this hotel again. The rooms are not too expensive & we did get a reduced rate from Late Rooms which made this excellent value.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wexford, Ireland
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2009

First of all, can i say, i can't believe there are not more reviews on trip advisor for this great inn. It's a hidden gem!.

We booked the hotel directly through the Marston's Inns website and got a rate of 159 pounds for 3 nights Bed & Breakfast midweek for 2 adults and a 5 month old baby.

The Inn is in the somerset village of Street (which is just a couple of miles away from Glastonbury). Street is probably best known as the home of Clarks shoes. Whilst the shoes are now manufactured abroad, the offices remain, and the rest of the site has been turned into a great discount outlet centre. Great for a days shopping.

The Bear inn is located directly opposite Clarkes and has a free car park for patrons to the rear of the property.

Check in was quick and we were given a lovely spacious room in rose cottage adjoining the inn. Room 11 was nicely decorated with large Lcd Tv and also featured a full size sofa. Free wifi also in the room.

Breakfast was served every morning from 7am to 9.30am in the dining area of the bar and was excellent. On our final morning, Thursday, it was a self service buffet.

The inn is part of a pub chain so they offer great deals on pub grub and drinks throughout the day, andalso had a special deal every day, for eg Tuesday is Pie night, Wednesday is curry night, with a free pint thrown in.

Its a great place to base yourself whether you want to visit Cheddar Caves, Longleat or even Stone Henge, they are all not too far away.

The Staff are very friendly and make you feel very welcome, especially in the restaurant and the housekeeping ladies!

Would visit again and again!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
hants
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2009

i was a bit nervous about staying t a place that had no reviews, especially in an area i didn't know.
well, i need not have worried. this is a great place, friendly and welcoming but not in your face (you know what i mean...we don't all want new life time friends). the inn has a choice of rooms in the main building or in cottages just down the road, we opted for the main building and were very comfortable. people moan about some things with these old inns, odd shaped rooms...well lets remember that these buildings are hundreds of years old and you cant compare them with modern box rooms and after all that's there charm and that's what we like about them.
food......some moan about "pub" style food, well it is a pub and compared with other pubs the food is excellent but you cant compare it to Michelin starred restaurants, (remember your not paying Michelin starred prices).
breakfast is a self service feast and one of the best buffets styles Ive had.
the bar is pleasant and a good mix of locals and tourists.
the room was spotless and a great TV with digital channels.
locally if you like shopping you are a stones throw from the Clarke's outlet centre.
all in it was pleasant stay, good price, good staff, would stay again

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Texas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2007

We found ourselves at this lovely little inn when there was a mix up with our tour group's reservations at an inn in Glastonbury. Things could not have worked out better. This was a great, cozy little place. They have a great little restaurant. We had dinner there twice and breakfast once. Everything we had was great. The pub can get pretty busy at night, as it serves the locals as well as the guests. It's a great way to get to know new people. The rooms were clean and cute. We stayed in two.

  • Stayed September 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
london
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2006

I was introduced to the Bear by a friend and have since stayed there numerous times. The last was in December 2005.

This is an old coaching inn which has less than 10 rooms all told of which not all are ensuite. The floors creak but this is a feature! Believe me.

This is a lively village inn that serves superb food at very reasonable prices - check out the steak specials on Friday night. The breakfasts are wonderful. Your hosts, Jo and Ian are most welcoming as are all the staff. Look out for Meg and Bones the resident dogs.

Handy for visiting Glastonbury, Bath, Sherborne, Wincanton races and the famous Cunning Artificer's Discworld Emporium

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to The Bear Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Bear Inn

Address: 12 Market Place, Wincanton BA9 9LP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Wincanton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Wincanton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
The Bear Hotel Wincanton
The Bear Inn Wincanton, Somerset

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Bear Inn, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Bookmark for later
Save Saved
You added The Bear Inn to your Saves list