We recently attended a family tree reunion at The Bear in the old Market Town of Devizes. The hotel was cleverly sourced by the organisers for it's history, location and superb food and service. The reunion included relations from the USA and Canada who would appreciate seeing something with real English character and a past. The locally sourced food in the award winning Lambton Restaurant was 1st class as was the service. There is ample parking nearby although very few spaces on site.
The hotel predates 1559, and has a 14th century drinks cellar, where the Dray horses deliver Wadworth beer on a daily basis. It is said that Judge Jeffreys, King George III and Queen Charlotte stayed here, as did the many merchants and stagecoaches choosing to travel through Devizes to miss the attentions of the Highwaymen. The aura and character are apparent as soon as you step through the doors and into the Bear Grills Bistro. The hotel is quite expensive but worth the money for a special occasion. We did not stay overnight, but those who did said that they really enjoyed the experience and nothing went bump in the night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Bear Hotel in Devizes you will find open fires, Cosy bar areas, friendly staff, tasty food and beautiful rooms. We currently offer Bed & Breakfast as standard but also offer a Dinner Bed and Breakfast rate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bear Hotel Devizes
- The Bear Hotel Market Place Devizes, Wiltshire