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“Lovely Place in stunning countryside”

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The Bear Inn & Hotel
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Lovely Place in stunning countryside”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

After a morning out we called for a midday meal and although I will not fault the food the reception was a little cold. Beautiful surroundings that could be made a gold mine. I think a simple welcome with a smile would have been nice. But I am sure they know what they are doing and perhaps this could be a new marketing ploy.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

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.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Matlock, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Having heard good reviews we decided to have lunch at the Bear, it is very poorly sign-posted and having taken nearly 40mins of driving around country lanes we eventually found it. On arrival there was a distinct smell of fried cooking filling the car park, having taken so long to find this place we were determined to continue. Inside we found the bar staff rude and the food certainly had room for improvement, the bread of the hot beef roll was only warmed through by the thick gravy which was poured all over the 4 enormous onion rings, beef, cold bread and roast potatoes.The other roll was a cheap white baguette, not a cob.
The interior is verging on dirty and in serious need of a deep clean including the vinegar bottles and reserved table sign.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Beware -SAT NAV has trouble finding the Inn! We had booked a Premier Four Poster Bed room but were shown to a Standard room with less than 12" space between the bed and the wall. Also it was not a Four Poster bed. The TV was in a most awkward place to watch. However the en-suite was excellent. When we asked to be moved to the room we had booked, the owner/manager huffed and puffed & made us feel we were inconveniencing him as he had 'customers to see to in the bar'. We were shown to another room with bad grace. We accepted this room with the Four Poster bed as it was what we had booked. This was a much nicer room although the en-suite was cramped. The linen and towels were exceptionally clean & white.
A short while later we asked for the hair drier and iron that according to the website should have been in the room. This prompted more grumbling and the statement that they couldn't be left in the rooms for safety reasons. The manager then told us he didn't have a key to the cupboard where they are kept & we would have to wait until the member of staff with the key returned to the hotel. As we were the only guests during our short break it shouldn't have been too much trouble to ensure our stay went smoothly.
One worrying point were the large blue laundry bags partially obstructing the Fire Escape. These were left there for over 24 hours.
The full English breakfast was excellent & the chef was very friendly, helpful and accommodating, displaying a level of customer service somewhat lacking in the manager. We didn't eat evening meals here but it was full each evening, so the food must be good.
The location was beautiful with lovely views over the surrounding countryside.
Although there are some negative points, overall we enjoyed the experience. Why does Basil Fawlty keep springing to mind???

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Had a single night stay in a nice clean large room with a four poster bed. Service was good. We had a nice meal but my steak was over cooked, my wife had lamb shank which was excellent. The starters of beer battered mushrooms stuffed with stilton and garlic and whitebait fishcakes were good. Nice, reasonably priced wine list. Only difficultly is finding The Bear as sat nav took us many dirt tracks as postcode covers a large countryfied area!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wyberton, null, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed July 16, 2013

My wife and I have just returned after spending 2 nights at the Bear Inn. Our bedroom was very clean. The staff where all very nice and helpful during our stay.
For our evening meal on the Sunday my had Roast Ham which included 3 eggs, side salad and lovely home made chips, I when for the Scampi and chips which also a side salad, which was put before us in about 20 minutes.
The following morning I went for the full breakfast, I am a retired coach driver and have never come across a breakfast like that before, to be presented with 2 eggs, beacon, sausages, hash brown, beans, tomato`s, mushrooms and black putting.
This was our first visit but it won`t be our last.
Many thanks to all the staff and managermeant for two wonderful nights.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013

On visiting on a bank holiday mon we thought the restaurant may be busy , so it was no surprise that it was , the bar staff were not one bit helpful, and when asked about a table we were told there were no tables available , I know some establishments can be busy and it must be difficult at these busy times to accommodate everyone but I felt the staff couldn't care less and on reflection wished we had not purchased our drinks and just gone somewhere else , my husband , myself and some friends stayed there last year and we had no probs at all , I must say we were disappointed on this occasion

Stayed May 2013
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Additional Information about The Bear Inn & Hotel

Property: The Bear Inn & Hotel
Address: Belper Road | Alderwasley, Belper DE56 2RD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Belper
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Belper
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bear Inn & Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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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