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The Bear Hotel

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Wincanton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 October 2016

We stayed at The Bear for two nights, room 22 on the upper floor in a family room. It was very cosy and warm, full of character as befits the age of the building, and the double bed was very comfortable. Our children didn't find their beds quite as comfortable unfortunately. One was a proper single bed, but the mattress...

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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Fantastic service for the wedding, food was good, starters were everyones favourite, the main course meat slightly dry, dessert good. Staff go above and beyond for the guests. Rooms were clean, but slightly small and cramp for a family of 4, breakfast was lovely. A great place for a wedding.

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Ketton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 October 2016

second time at the bear and it is just fantastic, I had booked a twin room but given a double but asked if anything available and chloe let us have one of the apartments which I didn't know existed and wow what a great place and so comfortable I will be booking that again with my wife. One thing though,...

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Thank Mark C
London
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stayed one night on business. Room was in the annexe. Room was OK, but bed was a bit hard (needed a topper mattress). Had a couple of drinks in the bar which was fine albeit the service was a bit slow. Breakfast was included and was average, but again not worth the price being offered for separate breakfast. Great position...

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Thank BritishWonder
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The Bear Hotel looks great when you first arrive - an old-fashioned building which looks well maintained and cosy. The staff were great when we arrived, friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately, it was the little things which let them down during my stay, taking the edge off what should have been a great experience. First of all, my room had a...

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Thank Gavin M
Wales, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 October 2016

First visit to the Bear. Visited with three friends, who had also never been to the Bear before. Sunday lunch was one of the best we have had. Plenty of meat and veg. Beef was perfect along with the pork and crackling. Sticky toffee pudding and caramel sauce with ice cream for dessert - mmmmmmmm. Only one small niggle -...

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Thank Loobyloo245
Market Rasen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

It was our 1st time and visit and we wasn't disappointed at. From checking in to checking out, it all was very easy and straight forward and pain free! The room was good (31) and was comfortable. The only downside was the mattress, it was too springy but fairly comfortable. The room was bright, airy and well decorated. Food in...

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Thank TheOuchPoucher
Carmarthen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 October 2016

I've been using the Bear for decades but the last three dining experiences have made my wife and I stop using it. My stepson who lives in Cowbridge has also stopped eating there. The beer is always fine, but sometimes the place seems understaffed at the bar. It may be that the restaurant meals are better than the bar meals,...

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Thank Terry B
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Sunday lunch was stunning we had roast beef. It was amazing best Sunday lunch I've had out in ages. Service was afficiant pleasant and overhaul excellent. Well worth a visit. it was how food should be served hot.

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Thank Shirley G
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Great afternoon tea . Had to ask twice for pot of tea but staff very busy as we were a large group. couldn't find car park but as it was Sunday plenty of parking outside on the road. Good variety of food served

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Bear has origins as far back as the 12th Century, but it's best known as the inn where they changed the horses on the mail run from Cardiff to Swansea. This famous Coaching Inn is steeped in history. Nowadays, this privately owned 3 star hotel is famed for its fine home-cooked food, friendly atmosphere and really good ale. During the 18th Century, Napoleon's troops were held in the 'Bear Pit' en route to London after a failed invasion at Fishguard! The Bear rests in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, surrounded by beautiful rural hills. The Brecon Beacons and the Welsh Valleys are close by, with breathtaking views. Some of the Valleys still have the mining houses visible as you drive through. The hotel is on the main high street of the historic town of Cowbridge. This chic market town boasts some fabulous boutique shops, lingering walks around the Roman wall and some of the most beautiful town-houses. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Bear Hotel

Address: 63 High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AF, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Vale of Glamorgan > Cowbridge
Price Range: $185 - $279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bear Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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