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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)
Open Now
07:00 - 23:00 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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1 - 10 of 675 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Having enjoyed The Fishes in Oxford we thought we'd try another Peachy Inn and found this one nearby. The building is amazing and the extension on the back is hidden from the road so doesn't spoil the look of the building. It is a big...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank GerbilQueen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an amazing 2 night stay the whole establishment was faultless, brilliant food, friendly staff and a short taxi journey into oxford, we highly recommend here, thanks for a fantastic weekend.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Liam C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent stay, lovely meal to celebrate with daughter and friends. The room was individual and great with a very tasty breakfast

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank walter0956
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

6 friends booked in here for lunch last Sunday and we were quite overwhelmed with the outstanding food and hospitality on offer. We tried the Asian eggplant, crab on toast, and beef croquettes for appetizers followed by meat pies, amazing roast beef, and a fantastic...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Joe M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very welcoming, great soufflé,loved the atmosphere. Will definitely come again...and again and again!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank John C
Reviewed 10 November 2018

Due to moving house and feeling worn out and hungry, my cousin and I decided to go out for breakfast. As I am new to the area my cousin suggested this place. Slightly confusing arrangements for breakfast for non residents, but we eventually placed our...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank angela t
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

It has been a few years since visiting so pleased we have seen the refurb. We both had beef pie and baked alaska. To be fair I thought the beef filling was too dry but absolutely loved the mash which is so delicious. The staff...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank flora003
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Everything we ordered came out under cooked or over cooked, the twice cooked cheese souffle was inedible. A lovely waitress dealt with us as best she could, but even she was frustrated by the lack care from the kitchen and I think there needed to...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Lesley B
Reviewed 27 October 2018

We just had a fabulous meal at the B&RS! The beef medallions with prawns was cooked to perfection. The potato rosti was so delicious. (I broke my low carb diet to eat that triangle of deliciousness!) We finished off with the Baked Alaska for 2...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Anita S
Reviewed 10 October 2018

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.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Yve1953
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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$50
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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:30
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
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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