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On Hitched.co.uk since 2021

Last update: June 2024

The Bear of Rodborough Hotel is a charming hotel wedding venue situated on the edge of Minchinhampton Common in Stroud, Gloucestershire. This picturesque property dates back to the 17th century and offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for special occasions. Here, you and your guests can enjoy exemplary service within a scenic setting to create an unforgettable wedding celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

The Bear of Rodborough Hotel offers a selection of beautiful indoor and outdoor event spaces to host all aspects of your wedding. The venue is licenced to host civil ceremonies on-site, allowing you to hold your entire day here. The Terrace Room is a bright and airy space that offers beautiful views of the surrounding scenery through ample large windows. Here, you and your beloved can exchange your wedding vows surrounded by 70 of your nearest and dearest. For a Summer ceremony in the open air, the Croquet Pavillion is an ideal location where you can walk up a red-carpet aisle, surrounded on all sides by stunning natural landscape. The Bear Pavilion and Garden provides a delightful space to host a drinks reception and have your wedding photos taken. This area benefits from a built-in bar, giving your guests the opportunity to sip champagne and mingle while they take in the luscious views. For your wedding breakfast, The Library Restaurant supplies a warm and inviting atmosphere suitable for up to 90 seated guests. Here, thick tartan carpet, a wood-log archway, and bookend wallpaper create a rich aesthetic. This room can serve as the setting for both your seated meal and evening reception for your convenience.

The hotel also boasts 45 individually-designed guest rooms that you and your guests can utilize for a restful overnight stay before and after your event. Each room offers comfort and luxury and guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast the following morning.

Services Offered

The friendly and experienced team at The Bear of Rodborough Hotel aim to do all they can to make your wedding a wonderful success here. You will be assisted every step of the way by the venue’s dedicated wedding planner. The in-house culinary team can craft a menu that reflects your style and tastes for your special day. Wedding packages offered here include a comprehensive array of services to ensure every aspect of your day is expertly assisted.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Historic
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
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:

Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
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Reviews for The Bear of Rodborough Hotel

4.9 out of 5 rating
Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
26 reviews
98% recommend it
  • Quality of the service
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value for money
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  • Flexibility
    4.9 out of 5 rating
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Natalie H. Sent on 18/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Totally flawless

Amanda at the bear was absolutely incredible. The whole day went smoothly without any hiccups. Nothing is too much for the team here. The food was delicious. Our day could not have been better
Debbie
Debbie R. Sent on 14/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

We struck gold!

We couldn’t have chosen a better wedding venue than The Bear of Rodborough for our wedding on 1st December, 2023.

The Bear is unique. The first thing that must strike any visitor to The Bear is its extraordinarily beautiful location! The views from the hotel, with its high position within a huge expanse of rural beauty, is just breathtaking!

But The Bear does not rely on its geographical location alone to make it attractive. As one enters the hotel it is immediately apparent that the interior is full of character and charm with its many intriguing nooks and crannies. The bar is well-stocked and the rooms offer comfort, convenience and variety that make this a suitable venue for those guests with mobility issues.

From the first time we met with Amanda and the team we knew we had struck gold. Nothing was too much trouble and our ideas and changes-of-mind were always received with flexibility and willingness to accommodate the many personal touches that we wished to incorporate into our small family wedding.

We needed to accommodate 25 guests and the Terrace Room worked perfectly for our ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. We also had use of the Garden Room, with its cosy, blazing log fire, and the Marquee, which, when warmed with the efficient and silent heaters, offered a sizeable and comfortable space for larger groups of guests to sit and talk.

The food was outstanding and this vital aspect of our day offered yet another example where the restaurant manager and the chef were wonderfully accommodating. Our guests’ dietary needs were easily met and the service, appearance and, most importantly, taste of the food were superb.

If all this wasn’t enough, just across the road is a renowned ice cream factory, where the local Winstones ice cream is made, sold and delicious! Who knows…this, too, might become a feature of your wedding at The Bear!
Samantha
Samantha J. Sent on 13/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Just perfect

Amanda and her team were amazing. From the moment we first met, all through the arrangements and the wedding itself, nothing was too much trouble. We were always made to feel welcome and special. Amanda’s attention to detail is second to none and her team were just as good. Thank you ☺️
Dawn
Dawn H. Sent on 27/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous wedding

Amanda and her team at The Bear of Rodborough were fabulous throughout the planning process to the actual day itself. It was just what we wanted, a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of food! We enjoyed afternoon tea and sausage rolls and then a fantastic BBQ in the evening, all of our guests said how great it was. It was great value for money and the little details like the reception keeping me up to date with who had booked rooms for overnight stays, made it even better. Thank you so much Amanda.
Susie
Susie W. Sent on 11/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best venue we could've wished for

We are absolutely over the moon we chose the Bear of Rodborough for our big day on 9th September 2023. We wouldn't have changed a single thing. The whole team there are simply amazing and friendly. The wedding co-ordinator Amanda could not have been more professional, friendly and always on hand to answer my numerous questions, she really knows her stuff. Everything went like a dream and came together perfectly. From the time we arrived the night before we received the highest possible service from the excellent team. Nothing at all was too much trouble and they always seemed to pre-empt what we needed or would like as an extra touch. The ceremony and wedding breakfast was organised beautifully and the food was simply gorgeous, we had a lot of happy guests. I cannot recommend this as a venue enough. Absolutely worthy of a 5 star rating. Massive thanks to everyone who looked after us. We will be back to visit for some food and a drink very soon.
Mark
Mark J. Sent on 24/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Mrs Julie Boughton

Totally amazing staff & management
Amanda & her team went above & beyond. The Terrace room was the best & the surrounding garden was beautiful for a September day/evening. Our food was just incredible too.
Hazel
Hazel K. Sent on 18/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic from start to finish.

Amanda and the rest of the staff at the Bear couldn't do enough to help us, everything was just perfect. The food was amazing, everyone pitched in to help decorate and sort bits out so I had nothing to do except relax and get ready in the morning. It's was great value compared with other venues around the area and the views are fantastic. We couldn't have wished for a better day. Thank you everyone for making our day perfect.
Hazel
Hazel K. Sent on 27/09/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Fantastic from start to finish.

Once Amanda took over as out wedding coordinator everything was amazing, nothing was to much trouble, always willing to answer all of our questions and was so helpful.
The hotel is a beautiful venue for our Saturday 40 guest country style wedding.
The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful from the receptionists to the waiting staff.

We had the roast for our wedding breakfast and noone needed to eat until Monday. The food was fantastic and everyone commented how great it all was.
Mandy
Mandy H. Sent on 26/09/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Our wedding at The Bear was fantastic

Our wedding at The Bear was fantastic, far better than I had imagined. The venue is informal, yet stylish, comfortable and professional. Outside areas were great. The food was hot, well presented and very tasty - food intolerance was well catered for. The wedding package was excellent value. Amanda the event planner was a pleasure to work with. Accommodation was great and the staff most pleasant.
Hazel
Hazel W. Sent on 12/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding at The Bear of Rodborough

Our wedding day at The Bear of Rodborough was magical. The care and attention of the staff to every detail was incredible and made the day go smoothly from beginning to end. As well as being highly professional, the wedding coordinators were friendly and supportive. Their experience shone through in so many ways. We were able to just relax and enjoy our day knowing that everything was taken care of.
Kelly
Kelly E. Sent on 09/09/2022
4.4 out of 5 rating

Excellent and very friendly, and professional service

From start to finish we were treated in a professional manner.Amanda the wedding coordinator understood a brides need for quick responses and reassurance to any queries . The Bear of Rodborough hosts many weddings but we we're always made to feel like our day was the top of thier priority. A beautiful setting, inside and out, we would recommend the Bear to any future couples.
Natasha
Natasha G. Sent on 09/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful wedding at The Bear

I can not recommend The Bear enough if you wish to have a wonderful wedding day. The venue is absolutely stunning. From the cosy reception rooms, to the charming suites and to the breath taking garden and views. The food was delicious and all dietary requirements were catered for. The staff provided such warmth and happiness throughout our wedding day and we thank them so much for not only doing their roles efficiently and well, but for all their smiles, laughter and well wishes.
If you would like a warm, wonderful start to married life, The Bear at Rodborough should be top of your wish list.
M
M Falcon Sent on 23/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our perfect wedding day!

Our wedding was in early 2024. The Bear as a choice for us was fairly clear after we had seen the other venues in our price range, which while lovely, they didn't all meet major requirement which the Bear did. The venue is a beautiful hotel with amazing views over the local area of the Cotswolds. We had private rooms for our wedding and our ceremony in the Library (The fine dining resturant when in normal use).
We loved that all our family had the option to stay in the venue for the night after our wedding due to the amount of rooms. There were no complaints which reached us the morning after about the rooms from family, only positives.
The staff at The Bear of Rodborough were absolutely amazing! All the people working on the day from junior to senior staff showed the upmost quality of support and service. The food for the wedding breakfast was also the best wedding food we have had before and no one was left hungry or unable to eat a course due to a dietry restriction (and we had a range of allergies!). Overall, the team had so much experience not only as a hotel but a wedding venue and it showed. We could not have asked for a better organised day.
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Amy Sent on 05/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Perfection

Amanda and the whole team at The Bear are just incredible. From the moment we booked up until the wedding nothing was too much of an ask. The replies were always prompt and questions were never left unanswered. Amanda and the whole team are so friendly, welcoming and attentive. The whole day ran smoothly without any issues. We had so many compliments from our guests on how beautiful the hotel was, how amazing the food was and how lovely all the staff were. We honestly could not have booked a more perfect wedding venue. We will always be thankful and grateful to Amanda and the whole team for helping us achieve the most magical wedding day.
We can not wait to go back and celebrate our Anniversary’s!
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Goegria M. Sent on 16/10/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Brilliant from start to finish

We got married on 16/09/23 and it went perfectly, the staff were all great, food was absolutely perfect and all of our guests said how well looked after they felt. Amanda was also brilliant from start to finish, she replied to all of my questions very quickly right up until a few days before. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an intimate wedding in a beautiful & characteristic venue.
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Events

12 Oct
Open Door

They are holding an open day for perspective couples, so why not visit them to have a look at what they have to offer at The Bear, whilst enjoying the lovely views of Rodborough Common? They will also have a wonderful range of wedding suppliers to make planning your amazing wedding easier for you.

Date: From 12/10/2024 to 12/10/2024 Schedule 11:30 - 15:00
Place: Rodborough Common, Stroud, Gloucestershire

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Rodborough Common GL5 5DE Stroud (Gloucestershire)
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