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Innkeeper's Lodge Sandbach Homes Chapel
Ranked #3 of 5 Sandbach B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We booked Sunday lunch for 8 as a birthday treat and our party included 2 children (not toddlers) my elderly mother and 5 able-bodied adults. We were served by a number of different staff, who sometimes seemed unfamiliar with the menu, rather than having one dedicated server. After our initial drinks order nobody asked if we wanted any more drinks and we struggled to catch the eye of staff for other requests such as sauces, which did come eventually. Our main courses did not all arrive together and one dessert was forgotten completely despite us having gone through the list a number of times to check there were 8. I could not fault the portion size or the quality of the food we chose but the staff seem to lack the appropriate training and even put a bowl of apple pie and custard down in front of my partially-sighted mother with the spoon already in but facing away! There was also far too long between courses and between orders and food. Members of our party are familiar with this pub chain in Bristol and were disappoointed that it did not meet the high standards of their local outlet. I won't be going back for my next birthday!

Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We have stayed at this lovely old coaching inn on several occasions and have not been disappointed , though the accommodation in the annex is no where as good as the main building..Although Breakfast is in the continental style , it is in abundance and of good quality.It is just approx 1 mile off the M6 at Junction 17 near Holmes Chapel in a quiet country location near to the historic town of Sandbach.

Room Tip: don't get the annex
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We stayed at the Bears Head in Brereton for a night while taking our daughter to University in Chester, we booked two rooms on line at a cost of £42 per room B&B (continental buffet breakfast, this can be upgraded to a cooked breakfast option if required). Overall we were very satisfied with the hotel & pub/restaurant, for value for money it bettered any other hotel we could find in the area. On arrival we were checked in and shown to our rooms without delay with good explanations of where to go for breakfast & how to access & exit the rooms using the key fob access system. The rooms were of a good size, clean & tidy & very warm & cozy. The bathrooms were clean & functional with plenty of towels. The pub itself was very busy so I would recommend booking for dinner if you are eating there which is what we did, out table was ready on time with no fuss & the food was good. Overall we were very pleased with our stay & will probably return as we have family in the area, for £42 it was very good value for money. There was some noise from other rooms & the road outside but not of an unreasonable level.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank DaveL000001
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

My daughter and myself recently visited on a Friday evening.

Being specific, I ordered the Wild Boar Burger. For the price I would have expected more - perhaps some veg in addition to the rather small portion of coleslaw. Credit to the chips though !.

The pub is part of a chain, and the overriding feeling after the meal was that portion control was being taken to the n'th degree - a shame given that the pub has character. Perhaps some of that character could be placed on the food.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank David L
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stopped at this inn for one night enroute to Wales. The check in was ok and we were shown to our room. The room was clean and bright but the first thing we noticed was the traffic noise levels. We had to close both windows in order to hear each other and/ or the tv. This is due to the fact that the lodge is on the main road and there is only single glazed windows. I imagine (not 100%) the rooms at the other side of the lodge may be quieter (we were in room 202). On the positive, bathroom facilities were clean if a touch dated. We have used IKL establishments for many years and this is a first time we have been disappointed.

Room Tip: Ask for quiet rooms when booking and avoid room 202.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We booked this as a convenient overnight stop between Central Scotland and the south of England. As other reviewers have stated, there was a difficulty finding it as we were looking for "Innkeeper's Lodge" not the "Bear's Head" but after a couple of abortive attempts we resorted to reading the small print and hey presto! We had a very comfortable, clean, good sized room with all mod cons. We had dinner there at night and actually got the last free table as it was packed. That in itself tells you that the food and the ambiance were good. The continental breakfast was the best we have had anywhere - every type of cereal you could imagine, fresh fruit, dried fruit, yogurts, croissants, pain au chocolat, danish pastries, bagels and of course bread for toast plus numerous jams, marmalades and spreads. Not forgetting various fruit juices and tea and coffee. We will certainly be stopping there again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is a lovely old inn in very pleasant surroundings. There is quite an extensive menu and reasonably priced too with very good and obviously fresh food.
On the whole the staff were cheerful and helpful although a few definitely let the place down, a smile doesn't cost anything!
Had an enjoyable evening and will return.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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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 5 B&Bs / Inns in Sandbach
Price Range: $71 - $90 (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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