As per government announcements made on 23rd December 2020, our inn is mandated to close in accordance with restrictions as Cheshire moves into tier 3 from Saturday 26th December.

Please see below FAQ to assist with your queries. If your query is not answered by the below, do not hesitate to contact us via email or give us a call on 01270 526317

Will your property remain open for essential travel or takeaway services?

Our inn will be entirely closed during this period and not offering any accommodation or takeaway dining services. This is to allow our concentration and efforts to be put towards our reopening when permitted.

I have an accommodation reservation during the period of closure. What do I do?

All pre-paid accommodation reservations are fully transferrable to a future date up to 12 months ahead of the originally-booked date. Our reservations team will be in touch to assist with rescheduling your visit. We ask guests to be patient as we work hard to contact all affected bookings.

I have a restaurant reservation during the period of closure. What do I do?

All table bookings in our restaurant during the closure period will be automatically cancelled unless there is a deposit assigned to the booking. In this instance, our team will be in touch to assist.

My gift voucher will expire the period of closure. Can it be extended?

Please be assured that all gift vouchers impacted by our forced closure will be extended to expire on 31st March 2021. You do not need to contact us, as this extension is being applied automatically to all gift vouchers. Should it be necessary to apply further extensions, we will review this information.

Will my Christmas Day booking go ahead?

All Christmas Day reservations are permitted to go ahead. Cheshire’s movement to Tier 3 restrictions is in effect from 00:01 on Saturday 26th December.

As we are located in England and allocated Tier 2 level restrictions until Saturday 26th December, your Christmas Day booking will be subject to these guidelines, which you can view in full detail here.

I have contacted your reservations team with a query, when will I hear back?

Our reservations team are dealing with a high volume of queries at this time. The team is working extremely hard to respond to all queries and concerns in a timely manner. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our guests during this challenging time.

When we reopen

In order to reopen in accordance with government guidelines in July, our team worked diligently to ensure that our inn met with our own stringent standards of health, safety and hygiene as well as government and health organisation advice. See below full details of this additional measures in place to create a COVID-Secure environment.

  • All staff have received COVID-19 specific training and have signed a daily health declaration. They will undertake a daily temperature check prior to commencing work.
  • We have instigated an enhanced frequency of cleaning and sanitisation regimes throughout the property, with particular focus on hand contact points. There are hand sanitising points throughout the premises and we request that all guests sanitise hands upon entry.
  • On a continuous basis, we carry out a thorough sanitation of the elements, devices, surfaces and furniture that may be in contact with our guests. Our Housekeeping team have introduced an incredibly effective extra measure of sanitation to address the cleaning concerns of today. Using a powerful misting system, our team now carry out a weekly clean of all common areas and surfaces with XtraProtect, a British lab-tested sanitiser which forms a powerful protective layer on surfaces lasting up to 8 days, killing 99.9% of bacteria and viral transmissions, including COVID-19, in thirty seconds.
  • We will respectfully ask you to maintain a policy of social distancing wherever possible when on the premises, and our team are also encouraged to maintain a safe distance where possible. Please take note of instructions in all areas, where clear signage indicating restrictions will be in place.
  • During this uncertain period, we have relaxed our booking terms and conditions to give our guests peace of mind in their stay with us. Pre-paid room booking deposits and balances can be moved to an alternative date free of charge to provide maximum flexibility (a minimum of seven days’ notice is required).
  • If you are displaying any symptoms related to COVID-19, please refrain from visiting and self-isolate as recommended by government advice.

Stay safely with us

Our team has always prioritised the highest standards of hygiene, safety and sanitation in maintaining our accommodation. We have added some extra measures to our stringent standards to keep you safe:

  • Upon check-in, guests will be asked to keep a safe distance from the reception area. Markers on our floor will indicate the requested distance and a Perspex screen has been fitted to the host stand to protect both staff and guests.
  • At present, all guests are subject to a temperature check upon check-in to ensure any risk is identified immediately. Guests reading over 38.8 degrees, indicating a fever, will not be permitted to stay at the hotel and provided with the guidance to make alternative arrangements. If a guest shows symptoms of COVID-19 , they will be asked to move to a safe and isolated area away from others.
  • We disinfect all room key cards to deliver them safely and offer the disinfection of any luggage to all customers who require it.
  • We have also made PPE (personal protective equipment) available to our guests, including disinfectant gel, masks and disposable gloves (subject to a possible additional surcharge, subject to review).
  • All bed linen and towels are washed based on the guidelines provided by the government and all cross contamination is avoided. During the cleaning of your room, we remove the dirty linen without coming into contact with the clean linen.
  • We have removed some decorative elements where deemed necessary, including cushions and throws as a sanitation measure, as well as any non-essential printed literature and magazines. All information is available from reception if required and we will provide a QR code so you can view our guest compendium electronically.
  • Single-use toiletries will be provided in bedrooms.
  • All surfaces, furniture and elements are disinfected between room uses with the highly disinfectant XtraProtect formula and subsequently, the ventilation time of each room has been increased during the cleaning process. Disposable single-use items and microfiber rags are used in each room for daily cleaning of the room. The cleaning protocol is reinforced with special attention to elements with a high level of contact: telephone, handles, taps, etc.
  • We offer our clients the possibility to refuse the cleaning service during their stay if requested (with a maximum of 4 nights).
  • Residents will be able to enjoy a table-service breakfast in the restaurant, with both continental and cooked items available to order with a server only.

To ensure the proper implementation of these measures, we have established specific monitoring and verification controls within our Housekeeping team, who will continuously assess these extra measures to allow for changes to be made following government advice.

Dining at The Bear’s Paw

We are delighted to be reopening our restaurant in accordance with the advice of the government and leading health organisations, and we have made some adjustments to our service to ensure a safe environment for everyone:

  • Upon making a reservation, guests will be asked for contact details from a member of each party in accordance with government guidelines to collect information to track and trace if necessary.
  • We have carefully considered the spacing differences between tables and chairs and request that they are not moved.
  • Please note that booking is strongly encouraged and, during busy periods, those without bookings may be asked to wait for a table outside the inn. We will endeavour to accommodate as many guests as possible while observing our new measures to keep you safe.
  • Upon arrival for your reservation, you will be greeted by a host and taken to your table. Please do not enter the premises until the time of your booking as early arrival may compromise our ability to maintain safe distance between waiting guests whilst we ensure each table is thoroughly disinfected between sittings.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to welcome you at the bar for drinks and we politely ask that you do not gather at the bar area.
  • Disposable menus will be used once and recycled. We will also offer our guests the option to view menus electronically via a QR code which can be scanned on the user’s smart phone.
  • Tables are no longer pre-set with cutlery and condiments and single use items including disposable menus and condiment servings are used to limit repeated surface contact.
  • Our inn is now cashless and we would kindly ask you to use contactless payments wherever possible, and we provide the option to add a gratuity to your payment on card.
  • Dishes, cutlery and glassware will be thoroughly and continuously disinfected, and we will continue to regularly sanitise all surfaces and furniture that may be in contact with our guests.
  • Our toilets will be regularly cleaned and limitations on guests using the facilities at any given time will be in place to help maintain social distance.

We have now obtained significant third party accreditation, which validates our stringent measures of health, safety and hygiene.

We have received certification of Covid Security from Visit Britain and Covid-Confident accreditation from The AA; meaning we are recognised as COVID-compliant by the leading tourism and hospitality bodies.

We hope and trust that you will find these measures reassuring. A copy of our company risk assessment can be downloaded here. We will be happy to address any concerns that you may have and look forward to seeing you soon.

Stay alert and keep safe!