The Bear Hotel Hungerford


  • 41 Charnham Street
  • Hungerford
  • Berkshire
  • RG17 0EL


  • 01488 682512
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About us

The Bear Hotel, Hungerford is one of the oldest and most historic Inns in England and is reputed to date back to the 13th Century. Hungerford is a charming market town in the heart of The North Wessex Downs, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and only 5 minutes from the M4.

Currently being refurbished and reopening on November 15th, 2013, The Bear is full of character and has its own Island, known as Bear Island.

All 39 bedrooms are ensuite, some of which do have balconies which overlook Bear Island.

The Bear also has its own self-contained function site for 80 guest, perfect for weddings and special occasions. Enjoy our delicious menu that includes a selection of traditional favourites, complemented by a fine wine list and cask-conditioned real ales.


Make Mother’s day truly special this year. Whether you are looking for delicious food, or to make a weekend of it with your Mum, we can help you make it a special occasion. Book now and relax knowing Mum is well taken care of


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Whatever the occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, engagement, or just a simple family get-together – you can be sure of the warmest of welcomes and a truly memorable time at The Bear.

We have expertise in planning and delivering every event you can imagine. And we have a great team: passionate people to deliver everything you want. Our ethos is that we adapt to you – not you to us. We’ll guide you through every aspect of planning your event, leaving you to focus on what matters the most – making sure you and your guests enjoy the occasion!

Functions & Conferences

The Bear has excellent function facilities - perfect for weddings, conferences and meetings - for up to 80 guests. The hotel has a wedding license and your wedding ceremony will take place in our Riverside Suite. The Riverside is a self-contained suite with its own bar and terrace overlooking the River Dunn.

For smaller meetings then we also have the Bear Island Boardroom available.


We absolutely love weddings - there's nothing better than having your family and friends together all in one place to celebrate your special day and our hotel is perfectly suited to wedding and civil partnership celebrations. We are here to make the day just what you want it to be - whether you are looking to celebrate in style with a lavish party or a more intimate affair with just a few friends. At Old English Inns no detail is too small, no special request too much trouble. Also with our great food, and attentive service, all you need to do is relax and our exceptional hospitality will delight your guests.


The hotel has 39 en suite bedrooms, with a mixture of doubles, twin, doubles with views over Bear Island and superior rooms for that special occasion. All rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and Free WiFi.

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