We went recently for Sunday lunch and had to eat in the large dining room attached as an extension to the main body of the pub. Although the food was good (from a carvery), including the vegetables which are often poor in pubs, the atmosphere was a bit like a cafeteria with the queue for food and the rather spartan surroundings. The ambience in the main pub part is much better so if you can reserve a table in there.
Although the Bear is in the middle of the countryside, it is quite easy to find being on the main back road from Belper to Wirksworth. The address can be a bit confusing, as it is not really in the small village of Alderwasley.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The earliest reference to a building here is 1528 – this would have been a parlour, hall, buttery, dairy, and kitchen. In 1690, the building became the property of the Hurt family, which then became an alehouse and soon after known as the Olde Brown Bear Inn. The Bear Inn, as it became known by 1735, lay on the Birmingham-Derby-Chesterfield-Sheffield turnpike road…..by 1764 it had become a prominent coaching Inn. The names and dates of all Innkeepers and owners from 1735 – 2008 is listed in the entrance hall of the Bear. Just standing beneath the beams of this fine English country Inn invites history to wash over you – sampling a pint or two of fine English ale helps the process! The fame of The Bear has spread across various counties and continents in recent years, mainly as a Gastro pub of note, a hotel, carvery & real ale venue. Real Food, Real Ale, Real People, Real Derbyshire – can be completed with Real History. The Bear can truly boast to be one of Derbyshire’s oldest & most renowned Inn & Hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Bear Inn And Hotel
- The Bear Hotel Belper
- The Bear Inn & Hotel Belper, Derbyshire