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#2 of 2 hotels in Shipston on Stour
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The White Bear Inn, under new management by Emma (since 23rd October 2017), offers 7 en-suite rooms, two bars, restaurant, private dining room and a function room. Consisting of: Lounge Bar with open fire serving Cask Ales, Quality Draught Beers, Lagers and Wine Sports Bar with two large Screen TVs which show Sky Sports and BTsport content; you are unlikely to miss any live sporting event. Restaurant serving home made food, using local produce. Private dining area for that special occasion or informal get together with friends. Functions are catered for in a separate room, has a separate entrance and can cater for up to 80 people, depending on the type of event. Also available Crib Boards, Dominos and our Aunt Sally pitch to the rear of our free private car park. There are fabulous walks in the local area together with local shoots (in season), Falconry Centre and a short drive to Stratford upon Avon, Warwick (Castle), Banbury, Oxford and Stow on the Wold.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Mrs C wrote a review Sep 2022
29 contributions1 helpful vote
We had 2 nights B&B at The White Bear and were pleased with everything about it. We were welcomed to our room with at least one suitcase being carried upstairs for us. Our bedroom was comfortable with television to watch and a hospitality tray just for us. The breakfast was delicious with full English on a plate unless one declined one or two items (like baked beans, for instance). While waiting for a lift on our check out day, I watched the barman pouring a fair amount (More than a pint!) beer into a bowl. It was intended for the beer battered fish at lunchtime. There you are - properly beer battered fish. We'll certainly return one day. The White Bear is so convenient for the Cotswolds with a free car park
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Date of stay: September 2022
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heather p wrote a review Aug 2022
153 contributions73 helpful votes
Excellent food enough if it well cooked. Very reasonable prices. Friendly helpful staff would definitely return when in the area again. Right in the high street with a good free car park around the back. Very quaint town with many independent traders.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RER1_12 wrote a review Aug 2022
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom18 contributions10 helpful votes
Met my friends for lunch , left nearly 5 hours later! A couple of us had tge roast beef- what a delicious plate full, so many vegetables, beef tender, cauliflower cheese, huge Yorkshire puddings, another friend chose the pie so delicious, a real pie, then there was the mushroom risotto, so flavourful. My daughters meal decorated in her favourite cucumber (rounds only) after we made the request. The deserts were amazing, knickerbocker glories, chocolate orange brownies and apple cider cake. We sat there, talked, laughed, relaxed, it was a wonderful afternoon. They obviously work so hard getting it right and welcoming people and making them happy. Can't recommend highly enough.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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LauraJPF wrote a review Jul 2022
London, United Kingdom199 contributions79 helpful votes
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Firstly the staff at the white bear are exceptional and so friendly and helpful. They are the most dog friendly place we have stayed. The dog can come to breakfast! The breakfast is exceptional and the building is super wonky which we love and expect for a building this old. We had room 4 a twin room at the top of the inn. The beds were comfortable and the bed linen was cotton. A plus for women of a certain age. There were toiletries shampoo conditioner and shower gel. Our room was a little tired and the shower pressure was not the best so we had a sh-bath! Thank you to Emma and all her staff for making our stay so lovely. The location is brilliant for exploring the Cotswolds and there are loads of places to eat in walking distance. Our best meal was here at the white bear.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kamran G wrote a review Jul 2022
London, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
Had a wonderful stay here, Emma and staff were incredibly friendly from start to finish. I requested prosecco on our arrival for my partners birthday, which was left for us in the room in an ice cold bucket, with a lovely view of the square (room 8). Room was spacious, nice decor and perfect for us. Breakfast both mornings was excellent. Good selection of alcoholic drinks, with local spirits, ciders and beers. Would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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James_Ashby wrote a review Jul 2022
Coventry, United Kingdom15 contributions5 helpful votes
Stayed at the White Bear last night. Seamless check in - small but perfectly adequate room. Comfy bed, fluffy towels and nice bed linen. The breakfast was one of the best I've had in over 35 years of business travel - served with a smile, too. I'll definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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George M wrote a review Jun 2022
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All the staff are very, very friendly but if you are unfortunate enough to receive the service of Emma’s sister behind the bar, you simply won’t receive any service at all. My girlfriend and I have been refused service twice now because sister is too busy talking to other punters with full drinks to be told ‘Can’t you see I’m busy?’ Why spend hard earned money in here to be shunned away by somebody who doesn’t want to try. Waste.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alison T wrote a review Feb 2022
staffordshire41 contributions3 helpful votes
Thank you to Emma & staff for a very enjoyable stay. We were greeted by Luke on arrival who was friendly & helpful, he made us feel at home. We had drinks in the bar whilst watching Saturday afternoon football, we felt very welcome and the whole place had a friendly, happy atmosphere.Our room was clean & the bed very comfortable. Breakfast was excellent & plentiful . We chose to stay here after reading good reviews & it certainly lived up to the good reputation it has. It was ideally situated for a gin tasting experience we had booked, it was about a 10 minute drive & was worth the taxi ride there.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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MsGlorei wrote a review Oct 2021
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First of all I want to start by saying that the staff I dealt with were lovely, and Emma, the manager, was great. The breakfast was nice, and the evening meal was ok - however the chef was more than accommodating. I didn't have a drink in the pub, however we were staying in the hotel over night. There were little touches like chocolates on the bed, a small bottle of drinking water, and some biscuits in with the tea and coffee which were also provided. My mother and I were sharing a room, a double bed, and on first inspection it seemed nice and clean. As we looked closer we began to notice things we weren't happy with. The drawers were filled with dust, the wardrobe door was loose, and the sides of the beds were stained. The carpets were rather grim and the bedding although most likely having been laundered, were also stained by what looked like mildew and something else. The bathroom sadly was something else all together. I understand dust, or the odd missed mark, cobweb etc, however in the times in which we are living I expect cleaning to be the top of any hotel managers agenda. The floor in the bathroom was disgusting. Not all of it, I grant you, but enough of it to be of concern. Disgusting is a word I wouldn't use lightly, and if it was a small patch of missed mopping I could possibly have let it slide, however that is not the case. This was weeks of missed or sloppy cleaning. Yes it was behind a door, however when you sit on the toilet and shut the door, it is clear as day for you to see. This then made us wary of every surface. As we were walking down the stairs I paid close attention to the banister, and then wished I hadn't. The stairs are so steep and steps so narrow that you cannot avoid holding onto the rail however it clearly hasn't been cleaned in some time. There are thick streaks of dirt (yes it's dirt as it scrapes off with a little encouragement from a nail leaving the paint beneath) going down/up the railing. Ordinarily I would appreciate the information book, however I would have thought this would have been put away at the moment. Judging by the rest of the room, I am not convinced that it is wiped down sufficiently well after every visitor. My mother has been shielding for a substantial amount of time and this is our first trip away for at least 2 years. Needless to say we are cautious and cleanliness is a massive priority for us and as such we were unable to stay for the second night that we had originally booked for. Emma was lovely when we bought this to her attention. She could not apologise enough and completely understood our concerns. She refunded the entire cost of our stay - £120 including breakfast for 2, and our evening meals too. If all you want is a place to rest your head and you aren't overly stressed about a build up of grime, tired decor or stained carpets then perhaps this is a place for you. It's reasonably priced for the location, has a couple of Co-ops across the road and the staff are great. If you are concerned about Covid and that the place you are staying is Covid secure, then I would give The White Bear a miss for the time being until the cleaning standards have improved.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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kosta69 wrote a review Oct 2021
Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom123 contributions60 helpful votes
I have visited this establishment several times over the last couple of years , so this is over due. First the manegemant waitress chefs and bar staff are all professional friendly courteous and makes you feel welcomed on every visit whether your in for a quick drink or a meal . A big credit to the place . Now the food .... OUTSTANDING !!! I've always eaten in the evenings gotta say the best cheese souffle I have ever eaten , deep filled proper pies and perfectly cooked steaks and the desserts is a big must . Today sun 3rd Oct decided to try their Sunday roast I did hear locally how delicious they were . Again amazing ,perfectly cooked beef slightly pink choice of 7 vegetables 2 types of potatoes. I haven't had a Sunday roast like that in a long time Always hot and reasonably pice A big thank u to all and this place is highly recommended so lucky I live near by !!!!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Advisable to book a table
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US$104 - US$116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCotswoldsShipston on Stour
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Frequently Asked Questions about The White Bear Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The White Bear Inn?
Nearby attractions include Thirst Edition (0.2 km), The Black Horse Inn (0.3 km), and Church of St Edmund (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The White Bear Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The White Bear Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The White Bear Inn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The White Bear Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Cafe at Sheldon's Wine Cellars, The Black Horse Inn, and The Bower House.
Is The White Bear Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Shipston on Stour.
Are pets allowed at The White Bear Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The White Bear Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Attic Theatre (15.2 km), Tudor World (15.3 km), and Kiftsgate Court Gardens (9.1 km).