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The Bear Hotel

Bear Hotel

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Bear Hotel

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  • Located in Cowbridge, Glamorgan
  • 18th century coaching inn
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Can accommodate up to 200 guests
  • 33 modern, elegant guest bedrooms
  • Luxury bridal suite for the happy couple
  • Chef caters for all dietary requirements
  • Sit-down or buffet meal options available
  • Two potential reception suites
  • Ability to create bespoke wedding packages

Located in the picturesque market town of Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan, The Bear Hotel offers modern style mixed with classic elegance and its staff is well-versed in hosting beautiful, unique weddings. This 18th century coaching inn has been fashionably, yet sympathetically, decorated and is licensed to hold civil ceremonies.

With ample space to accommodate up to 200 guests, The Bear Hotel offers two different ceremony and reception spaces and numerous guest bedrooms, including three self-catering options. With everything you need all in one place, The Bear is an ideal venue for country-lovers.


Absolutely steeped in history, The Bear started life, not as an inn, but as a townhouse, and was built as early as the Medieval period. Various changes were made over the centuries to make the building what it is now, and some elements of this constant evolution can still be seen today, such as the 16th century fireplace that now sits behind the bar.

The cellar dates back to the 12th century, whilst most of what comprises the 'modern' hotel was added in the 1700s. From the memoirs of Christopher Bradley, we know that The Bear has been an inn since at least 1786, when he became landlord.

Although named The Bear, there is no evidence that the hotel was ever used for bear baiting. It is known, however, that the cellar once played the role of a makeshift prison for Napoleonic troops on their way to London after an unsuccessful French landing at Fishguard.


The Bear Hotel is proud to offer use of their two dedicated function suites as the perfect setting for your special day. Both rooms are licensed to hold civil ceremonies.

The Georgian Ballroom

With its high ceilings and ornate chandeliers, the Georgian Ballroom is perfect for smaller, more intimate ceremonies of between 20 and 100 guests. Wedding breakfasts and receptions may also be held in this elegant space. With its tall French windows that flood the room with light, it's absolutely ideal for smaller weddings.

Ceremony capacity - 100 guests

Wedding breakfast/reception capacity - 50 guests

St. Quentin's Suite

Ideal for larger parties, St. Quentin's Suite can accommodate up to 200 guests for a ceremony or reception, and up to 156 for a wedding breakfast. Its location on the ground floor of the hotel gives it views over a picturesque private courtyard, and the bi-folding doors can be opened on pleasant days to give an al fresco feel to your celebrations.

Ceremony capacity - 200 guests

Wedding breakfast capacity - 156 guests

Reception capacity - 200 guests

Catering and Accommodation


Numerous menu options are on offer from The Bear's skilled chefs, and all dietary requirements can easily be catered for. They also offer three different package options to suit all budgets, and are happy to offer either buffet or sit-down meals for your guests. Drinks packages of varying tiers are also available.


With 33 guest rooms to choose from, all with their own unique décor and character, The Bear offers enough space to accommodate most, if not all of your guests overnight. The Bridal Suite is the epitome of elegance and promises to be a luxurious place for you to get ready before the wedding, and for you to spend the night after. Self-catering options are also available.

For more information on having your wedding at The Bear Hotel, please get in touch with them using the contact information at the top of the page.

The Bear
High Street
CF71 7AF


  • Dawn Windos

    We had our wedding at The Bear on Saturday 30th September 2017. What can I say.... the service we received from booking the wedding to the actual day was excellent. The service we received was exceptional. The day was perfect I would not change a thing and would definitely recommend The Bear. Thank you so much.

  • Beverley Evans -18.10.17

    We had our special day with you on Saturday 4th November - thank you so much we had an amazing day. Everything was perfect and the food was amazing. I would definitely say to chose The Bear Hotel for your wedding, it was the best day ever.. thank you again.

  • Emma Martin - 15.10.18

    If you are thinking of having your wedding here, don’t think just do! The team of staff, venue, food, attention to small detail that make the day seamless and the whole atmosphere of the day was just amazing and exceeded our expectations by far. We are so pleased that we selected this venue and after our first meeting with our wedding coordinator just felt excited about it after visiting others. We could taylor the day to suit what we wanted and staff were very accommodating with the little changes we wanted to make.

    Lyndsay and I would like to thank all the staff involved for making this perfect, we wouldn’t have changed a thing!

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