Crazy Bear Stadhampton - English Restaurant

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The Crazy Bear is a decadent oasis in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, offering grilled meats from our open chargrill, fresh fish and crustacea delivered straight from the boat (not markets), and seasonal vegetarian dishes. Our smoked products are smoked in our own smokehouse using pure oak. All of our Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork and Welsh Badger Face Lamb is reared at The Crazy Bear Farm, and all of our meats are butchered at The Crazy Bear Farm Shop.

Special Offers

Three courses & Premium Champagne: £33

Enjoy three courses from a set menu, complimented with a glass of Lanson Extra Age Brut or Rosé Brut Champagne.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 5 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 5 people

Starts: 15 July 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Sun-Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-17:30

What 241 People Are Saying
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ST
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

although the food was good, the service was poor, we kept on having to ask for service. The waiters were not busy, just standing around. Just seemed uninterested in offering a good service.

L
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to a Crazy Bear Restaurant and our meal had been a gift from friends for my 70th birthday. We loved the whole experience and indeed it was a very special evening from the time we were greeted until we left after our meal. We had chosen to dine in the English Restaurant, and were not disappointed with the delicious food from an extensive menu. Staff were great, lovely ambience, and even presented with a happy birthday treat just before our dessert, complete with a candle for me to blow out. The gardens were lovely and very attractively set out. We will definitely come back again, possibly staying overnight next time! Thank you for a lovely evening.

KF
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue
Quirky and different
Only negative comments are music was random
Lights kept getting brighter then darker - not sure if this was intentional or something wrong with the electrics
The waitress and waiters also didn’t look very happy :(
Other than that was great - food was wonderful

ST
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday roast was really amazing!!!!!!!!! Would highly recommend.

W
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance is amazing, the menu is interesting and varied and there is a great wine list. We opted for the Signature tasting menu which was good, but perhaps a little disappointing for that type of menu. We didn't feel the courses were that special, despite being well cooked and tasty. Maybe a mis-match of expectations as the food we ate would have been great if ordered a la carte. The selection of side dishes was really good, although the portions for the tasting menu were quite large so we probably over-ordered. The wine we had was excellent and the whole experience was both satisfying and enjoyable.

PG
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We had a meal at Stadhampton on Sat night the 21st Sept, the food was amazing however I felt the lighting was to low as we had to use a torch to see the menu as well as other guests.

The waitress we had started ok then she never asked us if we wanted any more drinks and when my wife got one which she had to ask for she never asked any other of our guests if they would like another drink.

Regards

Paul Garraway

MP
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An establishment that offers great food. Decor and setting is beautiful in its self, you pay more of a premium for the food but you do get what you pay for. With friendly and accommodating staff. Would highly recommend and look forward to returning in the near future.

RP
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lived locally for years and never been but I have to say what a treat and we will be returning very soon. Everything was perfect. Well done the Crazy Bear team at Stadhampton

EP
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the fisrt time we had been to a Crazy Bear, and we must say that the food was absolutely excellent (best Chateaubriand we've had by far), the service was quick but discreet, and all of the staff were courteous, efficient and friendly. Would thoroughly recommend :o)

E
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We have been to the Crazy Bear many times over many years and always thought it a high class establishment with excellent service. Not anymore !! apart from the lovely lady in the restaurant who was superb and “one” of the too few barman on duty the service was at best lacking and at worst arrogant, lazy and disrespectful.

The style is still exceptional , a place where you use to feel special, not any more at £9.45 for a gin BEFORE the tonic I would have expected to be asked what gin I would like ? We had to ask where we were sitting for our meal AND for menu’s and even then only one was given to us. It truly felt like no one cared or wanted our custom and one of the bar staff spent a long time chatting with a group of people instead of doing his job. What shame it use to be one of favourites !

AJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a unique setting. Would definitely return!

D
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 4

Very disappointing as had booked for Thai restaurant, staff not particularly friendly but food good. Amazed we we’re asked to leave table as they had another booking disappointing overall although grounds are amazing

M
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This was a different and overall good experience but the service was lacking. We weren’t given the ‘express’ menus - lunch set price menus so I had to get up and ask for them. I then felt they looked down on us! We sat outside which has a lovely ambience but out table was next to the store room and every few minutes someone was in and out. My wine took ages and it was wrong and the baked Alaska tasted burnt. I object to 13.5 percent service charge being added to a table of 2!

FT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service
Sat outside due to beautiful weather
Great ambience and buzz
Perfect lunch to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary

PH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a lovely evening - you won’t find better ‘Badger Face’ anywhere!

JL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our meal was delicious apart from Husbands' burger which was dry and he couldn't eat it all.

One comment of please change the music, its on repeat so you hear every song about 3/4 times over the course of the evening.

Staff were attentive and professional.

JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious and the restaurant was lovely, there was no lighting in the ladies toilets and when we told the staff they did not seem to bothered and we were told to use the disabled toilet which was in use for some time so this did shadow the experience a bit.

ES
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Really loved the Crazy Bear so was excited to go again for supper but sadly it disappointed. Service was very slow between courses and the main course was over cooked resulting in most of it being left. I really hope this is a one off as I love the Crazy Bear 😢

ST
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and outstanding service, would highly recommend.

CC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The waiting stuff were not very friendly and were huffing and puffing all throughout the time they were in the dining room. They took my plate before I had when finished my last mouthful on both first and second coursers. They looked bored and I felt they were rushing to serve you so they could finish their work. The food didn't look anywhere near the quality advertised on the website. The dark lighting made it hard to read the menu or to see what you were eating. This was meant to be a special night for my wedding anniversary but it didn't feel special at all.

OT
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place

SM
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal here. Food was fantastic. It was a Monday night, so restaurant wasn't very busy so service was top rate & noise levels low. I would expect on a busier evening it could be noisier. That said, we will certainly be visiting again.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It worked win

L
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere...after they turned the music down! Buzzy and quirky environment. Waiter very friendly and efficient. Good menu variety. Have been before and will go back. Only downside was that I asked for my liver to be medium to well done and it came very very very overcooked. In fact incinerated...but the others had excellent liver cooked medium.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the most perfect experience. I have so many happy memories made there.

N
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great however the waiter was very rude. We noticed that he didn’t speak to the table next to us how he spoke to us. Presumably because they were older so maybe he though it was ok to be rude to us. I was given a side plate that was dirty but the lady took it straight back once she had noticed. The waiters attitude was terrible and I wouldn’t want to go back purely because of him. Other than that everything else was fine. We had a good evening together but the waiter definitely dampened our mood.

GM
London
41 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I am a fan of the Bear particularly this one

So go there and enjoy this special place

KS
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really lovely food excellent presentation and good attention to detail. Nice relaxed ambiance. Lovely evening.

GB
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very good night and only marred by the fish we ordered being very overdone. We were offered another glass of wine on the house which was very nice. We will be back.

JG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and made to feel welcome. Nothing too much trouble and food arrived well presented.

JH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We had a poor experience at the crazy bear in Stadhampton. The food was good, but the service was appalling. The waiter was rude, unhelpful and made the experience almost unpleasant. Won’t be returning.

J
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We booked English restaurant at The Crazy Bear to celebrate my parents birthdays. The first member of staff we met was not welcoming and simply asked for our name whilst looking down his nose at us, hardly a great start.

We were shown to our table and then served by a different member of staff who made no effort to engage with us and was quote frankly rude for the remainder of the night. The icing on the cake was when I asked to not pay the service charge on card because we would split it between all of us with cash. I was met with a disgusted look and my card taken from my hand. Once I had paid my card was thrown back at me and the waiter disappeared. No thank you, just a very rude look.

The food itself was average and general pub food at best, certainly not what I expected based on the menu. I ordered the burger which arrived with the top of the bun missing. This turned up about 5 minutes later with no apology or explanation. The rest of the food on the table was barely warm and borderline what I would deem to be acceptable.

What should have been a lovely evening celebrating birthdays was sadly far from that and we all left very underwhelmed by the whole experience and in agreement we would not return.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delightfully quirky interior. Excellent food. Relaxed atmosphere.

S
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very nice but not worth the price we paid, very expensive for what it was, we did enjoy it but we won’t be returning, it felt very much like the pub is trying way to hard to be a high end restaurant which it is not especially as you have to walk through a bar of drunks to get to your table, there are much better pubs in the area to visit and better value for money, we paid nearly £100 for 2 of us and only 1 drink each, also gratuity is automatically added on which is very rude as the customer should have the choice to tip as they see fit.

L
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Our most recent experience here was OK. The facilities are very nice and everyone was polite and friendly. The service was generally good but marred somewhat by an excessive and blatant drive to upsell anything and everything, a failure to provide both menus and taking an age to clear our mains.
Our starters and deserts were delicious and beautifully presented, however the steaks were over cooked and quite tough which was disappointing for the price. Will probably come back on the back of previous experiences (especially Sunday lunch) but our most recent visit was nothing particularly special.

W
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Not been here for ages and it's not changed much at all but it felt very fresh and polished. It's such a wonderful experience, such a joy. It makes all other places feel really trite and predicatble.

JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our experience was spoilt by the waitress doing everything possible to get us to spend more money than necessary.
For example telling us we needed to order side vegetables when we didn't need them; filling our water glasses so full while we perused the menu that one whole bottle wasn't enough for 4 glasses so she went and got another one which we weren't even asked about; every few minutes we were asked if we wanted any more drinks.
The food was nice but I wouldn't bother going back after this experience.

MA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The environment makes it a very interesting experience.
Although sitting with my head up in the light fitting felt a bit too strange.
Waitress was very friendly and service was very good.
Scallops were ok. The pea purée vs size of scallops was not well balanced. Too much purée. Not the best I’ve had.
The liver dish was fantastic. One of the best liver dishes.
The duck starter was perfect and tasty.
The £15 burger was a total disappointment. At best it was an average burger.

Our evening meal in the Thai restaurant was altogether a much better experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience and one of the coolest venues in the British Isles..

HP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

Sadly there was a couple drunk and arguing - they were trying to take peoples wine from the communal ice bucket and staff although careful not to elevate the situation, were unequipt to deal with it. Ruined the whole experience.

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