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The Bear Inn, Alderwasley - pub details

Address: Alderwasley, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 2RD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7659) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Whatstandwell (1.8 miles), Ambergate (2.1 miles), Cromford (3.5 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.7/10 (rated by 27 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Malt Shovel, Wirksworth Moor (1.5 miles), Derwent Hotel, Whatstandwell (1.6 miles), Hurt Arms, Ambergate (2.0 miles)

user reviews of the Bear Inn, Alderwasley

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Called in for a pint on a miserable, cold, wet day last week. Only two beers available, Bass and Thornbridge Jaipur. Much as I would have loved a pint of the latter, I was driving, so opted for the Bass. It was not a bad pint and it was served by a very friendly lady.

But oh dear, the smell of stale cooking oil was horrendous and destroyed the taste of the Bass. Several hours later, when I arrived home, my wife could still smell it on my clothes.

steve2905 - 6 Mar 2015 05:50
I looked it up on its website and was expecting yet another restaurant dressed up as a pub and I'm naturally suspicious of places run purely as a profitable eating businesses rather than as a pubs.
I went in with hackles raised looking for something to criticise - you have to go in at the back as the front door is strangely closed off. Tiled and wooden floors, so they didn't object to my boots or a bit of mud it seemed. Then two dogs in the bar - another good sign. A walkers welcome sign. Quirkily jumbled rooms with ceiling beams, plain furniture.
I had a pint of dark beer specifically brewed for the pub. It was good stuff and no-one was pressuring me into buying food although they're obviously food orientated. After two pints I was warming to the place and despite it being a bit more expensive for food and drink I was really enjoying my visit. Sometimes a place has a good "feel" to it and this was one of those.
GeofB - 16 Aug 2013 20:28
Good selection of ales for a place aiming very obviously at the dining market.
The Black Sheep I had was however not very good, though no complaints from others in our party who made a different selection.
Nice interior and decor, but don't think I'll be making a special trip to revisit
robf - 16 Oct 2012 12:50
Very attractive, good Bass (and some surprising guests), quiet after food service times, but a long way from the village and Wirksworth so hardly a local. Try finding it without a map ! Worth a trip
mtaylor40 - 23 May 2011 21:37
Called in close to 3pm on a beautifully sunny Sunday in November, to find the car-park very full and the rambling number of rooms all packed inside reflecting that. Most people were eating, but there is a small bar area where you can just sit/stand and have a drink. We managed to time our arrival with their November 5th weekend beer festival which meant 12 ales on tap, excellently kept from such breweries as Roosters and Brough. There is what appears be a recently refurbished (and huge) dining area at one end which houses the carvery and a small separate bar with a couple of the handpumps on there. Although very busy, the staff seemed to cope well with the crowds at both bars and the queue for the carvery. We didn't eat on this occasion, but will surely return soon to try it out. Stunning scenery and a real sense of isolation with no other buildings nearby.
Gristy - 8 Nov 2010 11:36

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