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BEAR Ashbourne, overlooking St John Street - BEAR Ashbourne, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

BEAR Ashbourne

4.0
4
83 Reviews
£25 and under
Cafe Dining
OPENING 05.10.23

BEAR Ashbourne is housed in the historic ex-Bennetts department store, breathing new life in to the space whilst taking care to preserve any historic architectural features that remain. BEAR was born on the Staffordshire / Derbyshire border, so investing in such an iconic location in Ashbourne feels like a great way to pay homage to the space and our history across the two counties.

From brunch to burgers, and coffee to cocktails, BEAR Ashbourne is open 7 days a week and has everything you need to move from day to night. ✨

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cafe Dining, Burgers, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 08:00–17:00 Fri, Sat 08:00–23:00 Sun 09:00–17:00
  • Phone number
    01335 210322
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Area
    Ashbourne
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 83 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Derbyshire

    Good for groups

  • Derbyshire

    Healthy

  • Derbyshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Derbyshire

    Lively

  • Derbyshire

    Most Booked

83 Reviews
  1. Alyson

    Cambridge

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely menu, great coffee. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere.

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  2. Polly

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was amazing I would just want it to feel more cozy with warm lighting

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  3. SAGEgirls

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited on a Monday lunchtime at a previously booked table (online). Table in the window. Flatbread with halloumi, and my friend had pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Overall excellent quality - a little stingy with the halloumi (only 2 pieces) for approximately £15. It isn’t the cheapest place in town but the food and drinks are A1. Served by Jeanette who was efficient and pleasant. Always greeted with a smile. Everywhere lovely and clean. Will definitely be back.

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  4. NicolaJ

    Derbyshire

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, service and ambience. We all had a wonderful visit

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  5. SusanD

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Three people - one old one and two young teenagers. Seated at a large wooden picnic table for at least 6 people with uncomfortable seating. Service was slow. No one told us we had to order at the bar. Impossible to tell who was actually working at the restaurant as they looked like customers - no identity as an employee. Took a certain time to clear the table in between courses. I paid £75 - it was NOT value for money.

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  6. Dawn88

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bear is a great cafe in Ashbourne, perfect for people watching. The staff were attentive and polite as always. Hot chocolate was lovely but the pancakes were cold and I wasn’t expecting that. Not luke warm cold, but straight from a fridge cold. I will return but not for pancakes!

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  7. GLSE

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed brunch, food and drinks were good and the place is very relaxed

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  8. TonyF

    Staffordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quirky menu choices add to the unique atmosphere. Food that smells and tastes just like a memory.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Table requested not reserved, and already occupied. Coffee well made but tepid, no gluten free option on the cake stand.

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  10. NicolaJ

    Derbyshire

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic place to meet and socialise. Cleverly the evening meals and atmosphere is different to the daytime. There’s something for everyone.

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  11. AmandaP

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were lovely and although it was a quieter evening they really made sure we were well looked after. Food was the perfect size to accompany the cocktails and when we asked for a couple alteration nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely be returning.

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  12. CarolynL

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Coffee was really good and staff really helpful and friendly. My favorite place in Ashbourne for a coffee

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  13. Anon

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, service and atmosphere, just very expensive for the food that is being offered

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  14. PaulF

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good (quite expensive) but the venue was really cold. I kept my coat and scarf on the whole time. I really didn't like that dogs were allowed to sit up at the table so their bottoms (clean?) were on seats where the next person sat. The dogs faces were also on the table where the next unsuspecting person sat with a drink and touched the table before it had been cleaned by staff. Maybe dogs are supposed to stay on the floor but this isn't being enforced by staff? Somehow this Bear just doesn't have the same ambiance as the 2 in Derby. Maybe it's because the servery/bar area isn't visible from the main seating area. It feels a bit like eating upstairs in a cafe/restaurant (even though downstairs) rather than feeling at the heart of it. One of our meals had the wrong side which was remedied after about 5 minutes, which was good but meant we didn't feel relaxed until the replacement food arrived.

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  15. SueD

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliably good food and great coffee, and a lovely, relaxed ambiance.

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  16. AndreaT

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food tasted really good. But, for example, the steak and chips was delicious but a 6oz steak on a large plate of chips looks tiny and not great value at £19.95! No side salad/veg of any kind to go with it. The salsa verde barely features in this dish. The steak was incredible but the chips which are already fried obviously then had garlic butter all over them so a high fat content meal with nothing else to balance it out. So overall: we waited over 30 minutes for our food, the portion sizes are erring on the small side, the menu offers a wide choice of fried foods and in my opinion it is priced expensively. But everything tasted good.

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  17. JillF

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and Service was Excellent. Great night out for socialising.

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  18. sueU

    Bath

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I know that things are still fairly new but think by now the service should have been sorted . Waited 20 mins for my coffee to come even though at the time it wasn't busy . Food was quicker. More staff seemed to appear at 10am. After Xmas eve with most food off and running out of Prosecco this Bear doesn't seem as well run as the others ( been to all of them )

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  19. LucyL

    Kent

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Gave it another try but it is getting worse to be honest, overpriced, missing items of the menu but no discount offered, inconsistancy in terms of quality and quantity of food served. Staff asked me to get my friend to chose something else as the thing she ordered was not available but instead of waiting while I checked I was forced to the back of the queue. Very unimpressed.

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  20. JulieT

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food lovely but daughter very unhappy that they did not have any pancakes available. I

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  21. SophieB

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Loved our hot breakfasts!Cooked beautifully! Disappointed some items had sold out on the menu at 9am. Lovely atmosphere , lovely friendly staff and love the look of the whole place , the cleanliness of floor under tables wasn’t great & broken plant-pots.

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  22. TraceyW

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only issue we had was when we went to order. We ordered the pancakes to be told they had sold out of pancakes. I mentioned to the lady behind the till, it would be helpful that when showing people to the table, that customers are told of what is not available on thr menu. Just felt that when ordering we then panick ordered due to it being busy and put on the spot. Communication between kitchen and front of house is important aswell as front of house to the customer! Apart from that everything else was, as usual very good.

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  23. VictoriaT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sally was fantastic at looking after us in Ashbourne Bear. We had two steaks and a bottle of Malbec, it was all absolutely gorgeous (a little expensive for lunch at £71) and cooked to perfection.

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  24. KatieH

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    really nice, cocktails are amazing but definitely a bit pricey so good to get the 2 for £12 offer in happy hour. really good atmosphere and live music too!

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  25. AndrewT

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the coffee and food at bear. We are delighted you have opened at Ashbourne Merry Christmas

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  26. LucyW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Christmas Eve Brunch with the family, first time we have eaten here and definitely won’t be the last. Lovely staff, nice selection of food and drinks. Thank you.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bear has good coffee and the place has a nice buzz about it. Defo liked all the cozy areas and different types of seating; high, low, tables, booths, benches and counter chairs and stools. Menu has plenty of things to go at, with interesting Middle Eastern dishes and twists on the usual suspects. All in all a great addition to the centre of Ashbourne.

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  28. ChloeE

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always loved Bear in Derby but sadly this branch needs a little TLC. Coffee was lukewarm (which we were warned about previously - I should’ve asked for extra hot!!). And my meal was forgotten. By the time it had arrived, everyone had finished - no compensation for this either. It’s a shame but I hope they’ll learn and improve!

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  29. ParthS

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience, Bear’s a hip addition to the Ashbourne food scene!

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  30. Wren

    Derbyshire

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Have been in for coffee and cake and enjoyed so wanted to try an evening meal. Food was good but spoiled by being served on paper. We struggled to get served even though it wasn’t busy. Would only come in for coffee.

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  31. LauraM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious and great service, I go every week! Thank you

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  32. NatashaW

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is way too over priced, cost me £17 for my breakfast not including my drink just because I wanted an egg and salmon.

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  33. WilliamR

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food very nice in the whole, pizzas were very disappointing…..quite sloppy, looked like everything was just chucked on. Need to be wood fire type thing with a thinner crust I’d say

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  34. TanyaB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Firstly it's important that I say how friendly and excellent the staff were. The food was ok but not hot on arrival and portion sizes not great for the price, so not very good value for money. The place itself is lovely.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable would visit again when. In the area

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  36. DonnaM

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, so much so we went back for a second day during our long weekend visit to Ashbourne. Would definitely go back if I was ever in the area!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely breakfast - could have done with being hot rather than warm, I’m not a fan of eating a hot breakfast out of a bowl, looked good but made eating it awkward . The service , decor etc was really nice. Food tasted delicious. Will go back. Thank you 🙏

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  38. Sarah

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We'd been looking forward to coming to BEAR for some time, having tried the one in Derby. The food arrived quite quickly and was nice. However for the price, we were both disappointment by the portion sizes - the veggie breakfast in particular was very small for almost £14. The chips with the steak were far too salty too. The table we were sat at was pretty small and cramped, even for just the two of us. Definitely room for improvement

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  39. AngelaH

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a very good experience, really enjoyed our visit. The staff were very friendly and efficient even though it was very busy.

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  40. Unhappy

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very poor food quality. Pizza ordered which should have been relatively simple to get right but failed miserably. One overcooked, one undercooked and 3rd inedible due poor quality meat.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

BEAR Ashbourne offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01335 210322.

BEAR Ashbourne is rated 4 stars by 83 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for BEAR Ashbourne

19 St John St, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1GP

Additional information

  • Area
    Ashbourne
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 08:00–17:00 Fri, Sat 08:00–23:00 Sun 09:00–17:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cafe Dining, Burgers, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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