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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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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“sunday roast” (26 reviews)
“pudding” (32 reviews)
“scallops” (17 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, International, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
28 Appleton Road | Cumnor, Oxford OX2 9QH, England
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1 - 10 of 589 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here at the beginning of January. It was an impromptu trip and we had a fantastic time. Our room was large and airy and full of character. It was spotless and comfortable. We didn't have any plans for dinner but we decided to...More

Thank Genevieve G
Reviewed 5 January 2018

Booked in for Christmas day and Boxing Day, Room was clean and a good size, we pre booked Christmas day lunch menu both of us choosing scallops followed by beef, food was well presented and of a better than average pub quality, the service was...More

Thank Peter P
Reviewed 31 December 2017

A regular now for me with friends that lunch. I am always given a warm and inviting welcome and am made to feel at home. I always eat light at lunch time and so usually my friends and I do a share anti pasta board...More

Thank warrenconsult
Reviewed 26 December 2017

Enjoyed a pleasant Christmas Day lunch; efficient service. As it was Christmas Day we’d preordered the week before, meals all as expected. Food good quality. Friendly staff.

2  Thank Rosie-B-Oxford
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Pub is pleasant and was not busy on a week night. We had the festive menu. Pate was nice but venison was overcooked. Greens were not good. Service could be improved.

Thank AVFA
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Visited this place today on the off chance as had not booked. Friendly welcoming man behind the bar with lovely waiters/waitresses. Service was a little slow but they were busy so acceptable. Ordered the haddock with chips and salad which was cooked to perfection and...More

Thank malibulover2013
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

OK sums it up. Beer was cloudy but replaced when highlighted and gin came without choice of tonic but again replaced when mentioned. The shared platter of meat was OK, nothing to write home about. For mains we had steak which was a bit tough,...More

Thank CaptainCash
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Excellent food and service was amazing Aud and Damien ( sex starved individual) Gave excellent service. Friendly and made me feel amazing after bad day. Laughed my socks off Fluffy laughed and had good time. Room was perfect and will be coming back Xxxxxxxxx

Thank 260alif
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Very nice meal with great service headed by Damien the resTarrant manager who could not have been more attentive. Nice bottle of wine and wonderful liqueur coffees. We had the trio of roasts which was fantastic. Will definitely return.

Thank markwOxon
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We've been coming to this pub/restaurant for many years and it was really good to see how the current owner turned it into a really nice restaurant. On our last visit I felt really sad to realise that it's not as good as it used...More

9  Thank Daphna V
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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$56
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
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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