£300 - £1250 for Venue Hire
Up to 150
37 Bedrooms
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This famous 12th-Century Coaching Inn is rich in history and charm. A perfect choice for your wedding day.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£300
Maximum Price
£1,250
What is included in this pricing:
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Multiple course wedding breakfast

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£86
Maximum Price
£108
What is included in this pricing:
Wine allowance per guest
Bespoke menu available
Minimum numbers apply
Cutlery included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Table linen included
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Hotel
Dining Capacity
150
Reception Capacity
180
No. of Bedrooms
37
Sleeps No. of People
71
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Yes

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence

Ceremony & Reception

Wedding Licence
Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted
Church Within Walking Distance
Outdoor Ceremony Available

Venue

Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Pet-Friendly
Ballroom
Open Flame Permitted
Full Description
It’s your dream day, and it shouldn’t be anything less than perfect. At The Bear we pride ourselves on creating beautifully bespoke weddings to meet everything you’ve ever wished for... Spend your special day in our gorgeous traditional Georgian ballroom – its high ceilings are dripping with chandeliers... Perhaps our modern St Quentin’s Suite is more to your taste; stylish and intimate with its very own private courtyard. The Georgian Ballroom, with high ceilings and ornate chandeliers is an elegant and traditional room for a ceremony. The aisle leads up to a beautiful Georgian archway underneath which the ceremony takes place. This suite is part of the grade II listing of the hotel, its architectural features provide outstanding photo opportunities. Our St Quentin’s Suite is perfect for hosting your Wedding breakfast. with its beautiful private courtyard giving a beautiful back drop for your day. On a pleasant day, the bi-folding doors can be opened to allow the indoor and outdoors to merge, giving an alfresco feel. The St Quentin’s Suite, on the ground floor, is a perfect suite to host 50-100 guests, and up to a maximum of 150 in the evening. Its stylish chandeliers give the room a sparkle of elegance, along with a modern twist. Its glass doors which run the entire width of the suite are bi-folding, enabling the courtyard to become part of the wedding reception suite. Our Bridal Suite is the epitome of elegance, the perfect start to married life. It is also ideal for that special occasion, or an indulgent weekend away.

Experience

No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
(5)
(5)
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Rosie & Jonathan
Happy couple Married on June
August 2022
You are all amazing!
To our beautiful wedding venue – The Bear Hotel Where do I start in thanking you for the most utterly precious and PERFECT wedding day?. From the afternoon before the wedding stepping into the Bear I was instantly greeted with smiles, laughter, and the utmost level of care. The ladies helped with any small or big request without a question and instantly calmed me with nerves and wedding jitters. Our venue was dressed to perfection and our guests truly did have the wow factor with the beautiful layout of the Bear hotel. Now, being a foodie all I can say is WOW; the food was absolutely phenomenal. Beautifully presented and bursting with flavour, we were in our element and so were our guests. The weather was not an issue as the staff knew exactly what to do and took control of maintaining the perfect day, yep we had thunder, rain, sunshine and even lightning however it was not a problem, so if anyone is looking to book The bear hotel in the middle of a thunderstorm stay assured you will be well looked after, and the clouds most definitely will not get in the way. We first booked our wedding in 2018, I won’t go into detail we were all impacted by covid, however, with 3 postponements I would like to say the wedding coordinator Amy could not have been more helpful, she showed the highest level of compassion and communicated with us better than myself and my husband do with each other (ha-ha). Amy provided the highest levels of professionalism as well as humour, and attentiveness. We are so grateful to of had you through our journey and we wish you the best of luck in your future weddings, if you are lucky enough to have Amy then just know your wedding will be in the hands of a queen! To all of the amazing staff, you are all an absolute asset to the bear, and the team are stronger than the Welsh rugby squad. Thank you for absolutely everything, we will most definitely be celebrating our anniversary with you every year however If I had it my way, I would be there every weekend just to stand at reception and have a natter with you all. Jackie, I would like to highlight our guests spoke very highly of you and it did not go unnoticed how much effort you put into our beautiful day, my daughter is 8 years old and even she mentioned how wonderful and helpful you were. I am so utterly thankful for everyone’s help, support, and care throughout our entire journey. Helen, you were also a speedy rocket on the wedding day always busy and attending to everyone’s needs. The barmaids, room staff, cleaners, chefs, receptionists, and amazing wedding planners THANK YOU!!! YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!!! So, from my husband and I Thank you! we look forward to seeing you all again.
A
Anna & Glyn
Happy couple Married on February
April 2022
You Were Incredible!
An absolute massive thank you for everything you did to make our day so perfect. You made the entire process effortless, even with the upset caused by Covid. From setting up the room to looking after Amelia, not to mention everything you did before we even got to the big day - you were incredible! Thank you so much
S
Sophie & Chris
Happy couple Married on August
April 2022
Thanks for being part of our happily ever after
With sincere appreciation, we send our warm thanks to you! Love & thanks for being part of our happily every after
C
Cherie & Shaun
Happy couple Married on August
April 2022
We can't thank you enough
Thank you so much for all of the help and support you have given us prior and during a pandemic wedding. You have been so patient and understanding. You have helped us keep a cool head during this very stressful process. The numerous emails, phone calls, emails again and meetings! We can't thank you enough, we will be recommending you for sure.
S
Sarah & Andrew
Happy couple Married on June
April 2022
A Truely Amazing Day
Thank you for organising a truly amazing day in such difficult circumstances
Location & Contact Details

Address

High Street, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7AF, Wales

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Cowbridge

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Jct33

Nearest Train Station

Bridgend

Nearest Airport

Cardiff Airport

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FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Its almost impossible to pinpoint an individual Wedding as each Wedding is just as special to the next however My personal favourite Weddings are those that are a little outside the box. Seeing how some of our couples are so creative with ideas whether that be themes &/or props they always stay in the forefront of my mind.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

To enjoy every moment, because it will go so fast! I would also say to choose everything on the day for you, as a couple and make it reflect who you are and what represents you. I would also say stick strong when it comes to outside advice from friends & family on all aspects (including the guest list!). Its YOUR day and it should be all about you!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

I absolutely love a little personal touch and my favourite so far this year (2022) is an acrylic sign of the couples surname that was hanging from a moongate arch so beautifully decorated behind the top table! The couple were then able to take this acrylic sign home to put on their wall!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Charming, Warm, Quirky, Welcoming, Historic

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

I feel like a photo captured on the high Street or on the zebra crossing with the bridal party is certainly a firm favourite from our couples it is so out of the ordinary from the “staged” photo shots.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Yes, No A Listers from Hollywood yet in the 3 years I have been here however frequently some well-known faces.

What’s your favourite canapé?

It has to be Mini Sausages with a honey & mustard glaze (so delicious!)

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Bacon Rolls at midnight have been a well known midnight treat post wedding!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Bear really has so many unique features due to the age and history of the building. Our cellars restaurant is very unique and such a beautiful room to dine in! I would also say our private courtyard attached to our St Quentin’s suite is a unique addition to the room, its almost so peaceful & private. Situated on a high street that is extremely unique!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our Team, Team Bear is certainly a family & I think we are all proud to work together to help create such timeless memories for our couples.

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