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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 1 week ago

Very good service from happy staff, nothing was too much trouble. Delicious food and plenty of it. We took a mixed party of all ages and we couldn’t have asked for a more pleasurable lunch.

Thank Yve1953
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This pub just around the corner from me and prior to Peach pubs the food was always amazing. Went for a late lunch with friends who were visiting from Surrey and all ordered the monkfish scampi; 5 over cooked pieces of fish, lack lustre frozen...More

Thank Clare B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the most fantastic evening from the moment we entered the pub. Everyone were so welcoming, the service was second to none and the food was wonderful, I would recommend this establishment any time Can’t wait to go back

Thank Kim M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in for brunch a couple of weeks before and we’re so impressed we thought we’d return for birthday supper with 3 children (7,16 &18). From the moment we arrived it was perfect. Staff were polite, friendly and exceptionally helpful. Everyone was very happy...More

Thank redkite101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The interior bar area was very warm and cozy; the wooden beams and rough walls have the place an ancient charm. The rib eye steak, while a little expensive, was melt-in-the-mouth delicious and worth every penny. The salt and pepper squid was fair (a little...More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cant be faulted in anyway!!!! Very welcoming cosy and beer kept extemly well. Fabulous atmosphere. Certainly worth a visit

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We actually stayed two nights at The Bear and loved it due to the charm of the building, the excellent staff and terrific restaurant and bar. While our room # 9 was on a walk up two flight narrow staircase it was worth it as...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 9 September 2018

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 7 September 2018 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
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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$53
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, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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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