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The Bear and Ragged Staff

€€ - €€€, British,
28 Appleton Road | Cumnor, Oxford OX2 9QH, England
+44 1865 862329
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“sunday roast” (27 reviews)
“venison” (9 reviews)
“pudding” (35 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, International, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
28 Appleton Road | Cumnor, Oxford OX2 9QH, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Once again we had a birthday to celebrate and have never been to the Bear and Ragged Staff. It’s a ‘Peach Pub’ like the Fishes which is also local. So we set out on a rainy Saturday lunch time and we were not disappointed. Two...More

Thank Graham S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The feel and welcome of the Bear and Ragged staff is second to none. The bar and waiting staff were absolutely fantastic with excellent banter. The Sunday menu was fair and with a party of 8, we all found something we fancied. The things that...More

Thank jec311928
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Bear is an absolutely amazing pub/restaurant. The team are so amazing, food is great and they know how to pour a pint or 2! Good range of Gins to choose from also which is never disappointing Highly recommend if you’re visiting, wanting to drop...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had fish cake for lunch. It was tasty and just right for something light. Nice selection on the menu and good service. Would go back.

Thank chix1969
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose the fixed menu for a mid week lunch. It was really nice, good value for money. We have eaten there before but our daughter wanted to try it out and treat us. She was most impressed. I like the new decor, stylish and...More

Thank Lynn T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were brought here by family for a visit and long overdue catch up. The staff are fantastic! Amazingly friendly knowledge and approachable. The food was also superb cooked and plated in a way that makes you want to eat it. We had the fish...More

Thank SDWalkerSW
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a wonderful night away staying in one of their delightful family rooms. Our room was perfect with everything you could need, my son particularly loved his bed in the nook with the added bonus of his own tv. Beautifully room, spotless and with its...More

Thank EmmaW3196
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely Sunday lunch yesterday at The Bear. We both chose the special roast which was kleftico lamb which fell apart, roast potatoes, roast veg, cabbage, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy, I couldn’t of enjoyed it more it was absolutely...More

Thank Marie D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent roast dinner and very good service. Visited on a Sunday afternoon with friends nice setting wonderful food and drink.

Thank markwOxon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had been to the Bear and Ragged Staff several times in the past and had always enjoyed both the experience and the food. It seems as if the pub has recently undergone a refurbishment and, in our view, this has detrimentally affected the ambience....More

1  Thank Marina P
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Please can you review how you present Sunday lunch? From the way you present your food and the passion you clearly show it was strange to see cold, brittle and burnt Yorkshire puddings on 5 of the 6 plates... looking at other tables they too were similarly served. It may be better not to serve them if you find you have to pre-cook and reheat- I know you have to mass produce a lot for Sunday roasts but please do a quality review to see how you can serve them freshly baked? The roast beef was so evenly sliced it may be factory pre-cooked? The connective tissue was un-rendered in the slices I had which was unpleasant - again possibly because of the sheer number you have to get through I appreciate that you have to get through a lot of work but might be worth a review to check? Lastly the gravy served was over thickened and gloopy- possibly a batch that had been rushed late in the serving but it would be good to serve in gravy boats rather than cover the meat/ boiled veg on every plate, so people have the choice to serve themselves with what they want? I appreciate that Sunday roasts are hard work but with such a big turnover it would be worth checking things that might be slipping through that you may not be aware of, through no fault of your front of house staff who were friendly and helpful and lovely.
23 October 2017|
Response from Pontevecchio | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry if my queries sounded over-critical and too harsh. We didn't have time to talk to you or gave puddings as we had to leave to drive home as we were late setting off but the pub is a lovely place and your staff are... More
16 July 2017|
Response from JSRuby | Reviewed this property |
28 September 2015|
Response from Jeremy d | Property representative |
Sorry to take a while. in short, yest we do on both counts. Mark
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$52
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 Appleton Road | Cumnor, Oxford OX2 9QH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 862329
  • E-mail
The Bear and Ragged Staff is a Stunning 450 year old Grade 2* listed building just 4 miles West of Oxford. the current management has been in place now for eight years and have completed a major upgrade of the property. The Pub and Restaurant have been completely renovated, and now serve stunning, largely British food, in stylish surroundings. The nine residential rooms are now open and are receiving great reviews. Rooms feature 32-42" TVs, radio, Kingsized beds, en suite bathroom/showers, WiFi broadband and more. The 5 rooms in the Landlord's Wing ooze Olde Worlde charm. Take a look at our website.
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