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Innkeeper's Lodge Sandbach Homes Chapel
Ranked #3 of 5 Sandbach B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 28, 2008

we were tired after driving through the snow on the M6 but this place is a great stopover and far better than the average - and all for £49 a night. Highly recommended

  • Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed November 27, 2007

In an emergency we had to stay somewhere in the Sandbach/Middlewich area, so at very short notice we arranged the Bear Head, Sandbach. One hour after making the booking we arrived. I was a bit concerned that the place may be like some of the Travel Lodges we had stayed at recently.
How wrong i was, it was gorgeous, quick check in, no fuss. Straight out to the row of cottages up the stairs to our room. The room was very warm and welcoming on a cold November night, the bed was very comfortable, everything you need (except a shower cap - ladies). The real surprise was that we had Friday night - Monday noon for a staggering 80pounds only. That included breakfast in the pub, healthyish selection. Tea and coffee in the room, wifi (extra costs). Very clean, lovely staff, free newspaper (weekend). Cant wait to get back there again. We have already booked our next trip for February. This time no emergency just because we loved it.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2007

As a serious traveler around this country, few places I have been have left me with a sense that I had found a secret gem.

The bears head pub dates back over 200 hundred years but inside it is modern and very welcoming. The rooms had a lived in feel, but recently (April May 2007) they are being refurbished. All rooms now have been re decorated and have stylish look personally I like “black out” curtains making it easy for a morning sleep over.

There are two main blocks to stay in. The outside block are known as the cottages, these buildings are separate to the main block and are much quieter. The main block contains large double and family rooms (all rooms have the same price!) and there sky sports. For me Internet access is very important and recently broadband has been installed. I use BT and I have had no problem connecting to my ISP wireless provider.

The menu as mentioned previously doesn’t disappoint but if you fancy something different Sandbach and Holmes Chapel are just short drives away. I can recommend the Eastern Spice restaurant in SandBach. All food is cooked fresh and prepared in the kitchen. You have to take your own alcoholic drinks but it’s worth a visit.

The hotel and bar staff are friendly and will go out of their way to help solve any problems.

Priced at £49 a night this is still below anything else in the area at the same standard. There are a number of notable hotels in the area (all I have stayed at) but these lack any kind of charm or appeal. They are corporate and like any hotel anywhere.

The bar is run like a regular pub and so closes at 11:00 pm. So if you want to drink later or arrive late there are not a lot of things you can do until the morning.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled on business
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4  Thank Tommo_across_the_UK
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Reviewed December 2, 2006

My first time of ever staying in a pub. I was attending a course in sandbach and had nowhere else to stay. This is a real basic hotel, would not stay there if not for the course.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled on business
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1  Thank drop
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Reviewed May 21, 2006

We were planning a trip from London to the Lake District and knew we wanted to stay somewhere en-route. After spending hours grimly perusing listings for run-down hotels near Stoke-on-Trent, a re-vamped google search somehow turned up this little gem! Only minutes from the M6, this venue is part of the Vintage Inn chain and sports a lovely rambling pub all quintessential cosiness with a fantastic faux-tudor exterior and plenty of outdoor seating. Next door, a modest, cottage like building is home to a few hotel rooms - recently renovated, very clean with power shower, tea, coffee, biscuits, etc. I was taking my parents up to the Lake District for the first time, so how delighted I was that I could treat them to a little slice of the English countryside rather than to a night in some cookie-cutter chain motel reminiscent of Eastern Block architecture.
And the best bit? I booked on line about 2 weeks in advance and a double room was only £29.99 each.

The pub offers a good selection of food. I was worried about my Dad's various diet restrictions but there were plenty of fish dishes as well as a couple of salads and the usual hearty fare. Wine List was good with offerings from Europe, South American & Down Under and there were some local ales on tap as well.

All in all a great experience!!

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Reviewed April 24, 2006

I've stayed in travel lodges before, all of which were nothing to get unduly excited about. However, The Bear's Head is something out of the very top drawer!
It's near enough to the M6 motorway to be convenient (about 3 miles) yet far enough away from it to be in a genuine rural setting. Perfect.
The block of rooms is a two storey building (with no lift) and is adjacent to the pub/restaurant and access can be gained from either without going out of doors.
I would say the rooms are of 3 star quality with Sky TV including Sky Sports 1 and 2 and are generally well equiped. All the rooms have a shower rather than a bath.
The breakfast is self service and entails cereals, croissants, fruit segments, yoghurts, toast, fruit juices, tea and coffee.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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4  Thank AlecSmart
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Reviewed May 10, 2005

The Bears Head is an excellent lodge for a short stopover. Convenient being just off the M6. Good value for the money and an excellent complimentary breakfast.

6  Thank Egryn
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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 5 B&Bs / Inns in Sandbach
Price Range: $71 - $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Innkeeper's Lodge Sandbach Homes Chapel Cheshire, England

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