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The Bear Inn

AlderwasleyBelperDerbyshireDE56 2RD
  Whatstandwell Station  more details »
Category: British Restaurants
 
 
6.3 / 10 (based on 4 ratings)
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Posted:
6:16 PM 22-08-2011
Shouldn't steak pie have steak in it????
  1 / 10
I visited the Bear as part of a group, and had pre-ordered our meals. I had ordered steak & ale pie but only when our food was brought to the table was I informed that this was not an option, and had been substituted with steak & potato pie. Although this would not have been my choice, I felt I had little option but to accept as it would have been unfair to the rest of my group, who already had their meals.

Worse was to come. It quickly became apparent that my so-called steak & potato pie contained nothing but potato! I was appalled.

I mentioned this to one of the staff who promised to "pass on my comments", and although I remained there for a couple of hours afterwards, I got neither an apology nor was any attempt made to make good the situation. Upon returning home I emailed my concerns, and received the auto-response saying someone would get in touch with me. Three weeks on, I have yet to be contacted...

Clearly my custom is not valued and I will not be returning!
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Posted:
10:26 AM 07-09-2009
 
Updated:
1:28 PM 07-09-2009
Good but not great
  4 / 10
I visited The Bear with a friend who had been taken there a few weeks previously. She was very impressed with the food and said it was worth the 30 drive from Eastwood. Prior to the visit I took a look at their website and browsed their â??sample menuâ?. This later proved to be virtually identical to the blackboard menu in the pub, which led me to suppose that the menu didn't actually change very often. The pub has a reasonable selection of Real Ale and I was tempted by the Thornbridge Jaipur which I have only previously had in bottles. However, I was driving and so we decided to share a bottle of wine. The wine list is reasonable but 'safe', anyone who buys their wine in the supermarkets should find something familiar. We chose a familiar New Zealand Sauvignon blanc which was brought to the table already opened. Being the suspicious sort I immediately thought that this gave the opportunity to scam the gullible public. Had I been in a stroppy mood I would have insisted in it being replaced with an unopened bottle. I would have certainly have insisted on this had the taste lived up to expectations. Thankfully the wine tasted as expected and a 'scene' was averted. My choice of first course was the intriguing 'Beer Battered Haggis balls with Whisky sauce'. The haggis was surprisingly good but the 'whisky sauce' tasted as if it had been reheated just a little too often. My main course was â??Slow cooked lamb in Rosemary red wine and tomato sauceâ? which tasted remarkably like a Dolmio Bolognese sauce. My companion chose â??Pork loin served with a scrumpy cider and wholegrain mustard sauceâ? which she enjoyed very much. She chose the â??home cooked chipsâ? and I chose the â??new potatoesâ?. I think the description â??home cookedâ? (as opposed to 'home made') suggests that the chips are actually frozen, but in spite of that they were actually very good. The â??new potatoesâ? on the other hand were very disappointing. They were obviously of a variety chosen for their ability to stay together after several hours in a pot rather than for flavour. The main courses were served with one dish of â?seasonal vegetablesâ? between the two of us. This may seem less than lavish but the main courses themselves are fairly generous and we both felt the amount of veg was just enough. The vegetables themselves (carrots, cauliflower et el) were very nice and almost, but not quite, perfectly cooked. I suspect a microwave oven was involved in the cooking but that is no bad thing when it comes to veg, if used carefully. After these two filling courses choosing a dessert was really a matter of greed rather that necessity. My companion choose the crème Brulee which she thoroughly enjoyed but doubted that it was home made. I chose the Toffee Apple Pie which was very nice but again almost certainly not home made. The Ice Cream that accompanied it (in a creme brule pot) was very disappointing.. This was 'children's party' ice cream and very much a false economy. The meal, including the wine, cost approximately £60. It was about the same price you would pay in a typical pub chain and the food was of slightly higher quality.
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Posted:
10:56 AM 30-07-2009
bogus reviews
  10 / 10
The Bear Inn is posting this comment, we dont usually leave comments on review sites but felt compelled to expose the reviewer Feverman (not his real name) this man didnt eat at the Bear Inn, has left many comments on various review sites, he did stay with us and had some valid concerns which we dealt with. I think the many positive comments you read on various sites about the Bear Inn will balance his obvious malicious attempt to damage our good name, we appreciate honest reviews but not those that wilfully seek to damage the tourist industry in Derbyshire. For those who know, the beer he mentions is thornbridge jaipur, we are one of the best keepers of this ale, and many others, jaipur is an acquired taste for those who know their ales, i leave you to make your own mind up about the rest of his review.
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Posted:
12:21 PM 16-07-2009
POOR VENUE - Visit at your peril!!!
Just returned from a 2-night (hastly reduced to 1) stay at the Bear in Alderwasley. What a horror. Tiny room (huge price!) Short double bed against the wall meant climbing over footboard (or each other) to get in and out. NO WARDROBE or DRAWERS for storage, so living out of case ON FLOOR. Food poor (or worse - stale cerals, off juice, cold coffee, granite toast, greasy breakfast), and lously beer - all far too old to be sold. You'd need a v. strong constitution to drink here! Surly staff - inc. manager! Give VERY WIDE BERTH.
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Posted:
2:45 AM 09-04-2008
Best food ever
  10 / 10
Excellent!!!!
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