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On since 2021

Last update: April 2024

The Bear Hotel is a countryside wedding venue situated in Hungerford, Berkshire, in South East England. This historic manor house dates back to the thirteenth century and was once owned by Henry VIII. The classic exterior belies a modern, upscale interior that has been reimagined to create the perfect backdrop for getaway weekends and memorable celebrations. Here, you can explore the beautifully landscaped gardens and soak up views of the River Dun before enjoying an unforgettable celebration in the private wedding suite.

Facilities and Capacity

The Bear Hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies to take place in the elegant Riverside Suite. Complete with a private bar and outdoor terrace, this space is ideal for intimate weddings for up to 70 guests. After you say ‘I do’, loved ones can mingle on the terrace and sip bubbles while the ballroom is transformed for daytime celebrations. Exposed wooden columns, rustic flooring, and ambient lighting characterise this romantic room where you can enjoy a sumptuous wedding breakfast and evening soirée. There are ample facilities for DJs and live entertainment. This venue is a pet-friendly hotel with a car park and wheelchair accessibility.

Services Offered

An in-house wedding coordinator will provide everything you need to bring your unique vision to life. They offer a number of food and beverage packages and will guide you through the planning process from start to finish. Your personal Master of Ceremonies will ensure the smooth running of events on the day, and seasoned servers and bartenders are on hand to tend to your guests.


The Bear Hotel is home to 42 ensuite bedrooms that boast the very best of contemporary comfort. Plush linens, a mix of modern and vintage interiors, and a choice of balcony rooms or garden view rooms make this an idyllic place for a restful night’s stay. During your time here, you can explore local attractions such as Donnington Castle and Silbury Hill. This classic venue is located on the borders of Berkshire, Wiltshire, and Hampshire and offers a convenient springboard for exploring the North Wessex Downs.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Bear Hotel

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96% recommend it
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Anonymous Sent on 31/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating

Brilliant day

What a good venue, wth family and friends travelling from all over it made their journeys very easy. The service and food was very good and Lindsay the Wedding Co-Ordinator was a great help and took all the stress and strain for us, so we could enjoy the day.
Jackie Sent on 23/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating

Thoroughly recommended

Myself and my now husband held our wedding ceremony and reception at The Bear Hotel on 13th April 2006. All of the staff there were very efficent and more than helpful. The food served was delicious and nearly everyone said so , both adults and children alike. The Bear Hotel certainly gave us a wedding day we will never forget and we would recommend it to anyone who might be thinking of holding their wedding there.
Paul Sent on 17/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

Paul & I just wanted to thank you for making our wedding day so special & memorable. James & his team were absolutely wonderful on the day & attended to our every need. Everything was faultless. Please pass on our grateful thanks to them. The setting was perfect & Paul & I will certainly return on many occasions in the future to enjoy your hospitality. Our family too have expressed their delight at all the arrangements, the setting & the service. We look forward to many return visits. With renewed thanks & best wishes.
Erica Sent on 11/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating

Our big day!!

Just wanted to say Thank you so much for everything. We had an absolutely amazing wedding day, it just couldn't have been better and was definitely the best day ever!! Superb food, if you can get this venue I recommend that you book this for your special day!! It is amazing.
Rebecca Sent on 23/01/2006
4 out of 5 rating

A beautiful and convenient setting

This a great weeding venue, not least because of the friendly service and manager. The bar area is funky and is a great place for guests to mingle. The Riverside suite is large and has its own bar abd access to the river which is really pretty. Great photo opportunites as well.
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Charnham Street RG17 0EL Hungerford (Berkshire)
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