Bear gets into Bed for the telly

Martin Watkinson and Rachel Erfmann of The White Bear Inn, Adlington
Martin Watkinson and Rachel Erfmann of The White Bear Inn, Adlington

Some “very interesting” telly viewing has been promised this week when an Adlington pub hit the screens on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed series.

The White Bear, Market Street, goes head to head with other B&B owners who throw open their doors and take turns to stay with one another - and pay what they consider fair for their stay.

Husband and wife team Martin Watkinson and Rachel Erfmann, who have run the pub for the last six years, filmed for the series in June last year.

And Rachel, 33, says it not to be missed.

“It’s going to be very interesting,” she wrly revealed.

“There were a couple of arguments.”

The programme, which first aired yesterday, made its third visit of the week to The White Bear.

Jon and Michelle feel that the décor is a blast from the past, and things don’t start well for Sonia and Graham when they’re told they’re in two single rooms. That afternoon, the B&B owners swing into action for a round of golf, and Sonia and Graham continue their winning streak - but their celebrations don’t go down well with all the others.

At breakfast, the hosts are ready for Sonia and Graham and their DIY breakfast habit, but a forgotten condiment rubs salt into the wound.

Come feedback time, there’s a refusal to return, and retaliation from the hosts.

This Friday is “showdown” time, said Rachel.

“It’s when you get the
payments.

“They say what they think your room’s worth. If you have any issues with the feedback, that’s when you can air all your issues.”

Rachel said: “It took two weeks to film. They actually got in touch with us, they just picked us at random.”

She said it was somewhat of a surprise when Martin, 54, revealed to her they were going on the show, but said: “It was a shock at first, but I’m glad I’ve done it and it advertises the pub and the village.

“I couldn’t walk round without people shouting: ‘When’s it on the telly?’”