Crazy Bear Stadhampton - Thai Restaurant

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237 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Thai
A unique boutique hotel with flamboyant character, just minutes from the M40 J7 and less than 40 miles from London. The 'original' Crazy Bear comprises eclectic accommodation, award-winning English and Thai restaurants, two bars, four private function rooms, abundant gardens and terraces, and is home to The Crazy Bear Farm, Farm Shop and Outdoor Pursuits. The Sunday Times Top Ten British Hotels.
What 237 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.4
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.7
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TonyT
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing not one criticism,

however because of how small the restaurant area is every possible space has been filled with a table making it quite uncomfortable to have a private conversation, even standing at the bar to have a drink while you wait is uncomfortable due to the tables right behind where you stand,
It’s not fair if your seated at these tables or to the people stood at the bar,

Staff were very pleasant,

Overall experience was ruined due to how crowded together the tables are,

LK
LauraK
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was superb with attentive service.
However for me the ambience of the restaurant was not quite there.
It is a very small space and it felt like private conversation was difficult when seated almost on top of your neighbours.
However they have done a good job with a small space, but I like a little more private space around me.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We chose the offer on open table for the 12 plate signature meal with champagne for my birthday

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ElysiaY
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Very disappointing evening. Food was very expensive for what we ordered and wasn't particularly great. Service was slow and staff unenthusiastic. Would not go back.

KR
KRyder
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Setting was great, quirky. Food was delicious. Service was fantastic. I think this is by far the best of the Crazy Bear options - far beats service, food & ambinece in Beaconsfield. Staff went the xtra mile and made a fuss of me on my birthday.

Only niggle, I don't understand why the express menu isn't offered with the main menu - it felt like they were keeping that "under the table". Even was asked they said they couldn't find it and it all felt slightly uncomfortable. Had to go to the office to then print off replacements. Its advertised on website as being available to menu's should be offered as standard at the times its applicable.

LH
LizH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing iconic and a special treat.......you will not be dissappointed

LB
LeeB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as ever. A special occasion place for us because of the price but it’s always worth it for quality & taste .

LE
LESLEYP
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time
Food was delicious
Service was excellent
All staff were warm and friendly
Definitely visit again sometime

PB
PhilB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere for a very small restaurant.

Only let down is the service charge being added to the bill rather than it being the customers discretion

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service food was great. We went to the Thai restaurant is was lovely

SH
SophieH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was ok and glad we had an open table offer as certainly would not be worth the money at normal price for 12 course sharing as it was very basic courses eg. Packet bought prawn crackers counted as one of the courses. Its beautiful in there but you are sitting on top of each other half the amount of tables would make the ambiance perfect. Nearly all staff at crazy bear are phenomenal and couldnt do enough however we had one very rude arrogant waiter (old grey haired man with a handle bar mustache) food wasnt bad but certainly nothing to shout about

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

On positive side food was exceptional and atmosphere amazing. The cocktails were also lovely .
On ‘could be improved ‘? We arrived exactly on time but were rushed through everything, which was particularly annoying since our first course took 30 mins to arrive and our pre-dinner cocktails arrived even later than that!
Both we and couple on next table were asked to close out dinner tab before moving to bar; this seemed an unnecessary and annoying inconvenience that I have never experienced before

Service was polite and friendly

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CianR
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely food. Polite staff, very good however sometimes they were forgetful. Atmosphere is good, however it is a little squashed. Lovely decor
Overall a good evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing food and stunning restaurant, service could have been better

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TanyaH
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The food was of a high standard. The decor is certainly very different and ‘instagrammable’.

However the whole experience was let down by the poor, inattentive service and cramped conditions. As an example we were touching the people on the next table as there seems to be two too many tables for the size of the very small Thai Restaurant.

Whilst the food was delicious and well presented, we would not recommend this restaurant, nor visit again.

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ValentinoF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small location but amazing food and the gentleman was helping us had an amazing customer service from the beginning to the ends , really rare to find in uk

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Lottie
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

It’s with mixed feelings that I write this review! The CrazyBear is actually one of my favourite restaurants and I would usually give it a five star rating, however on this occasion it did not live up to expectations.

We arrived about 15 minutes early and sat down immediately. The service is normally prompt but at this time we waited patiently for a good while before our drink and food orders were taken. Eventually we got around to ordering our food and I informed them immediately (as well as giving advance notice on my booking) that I am vegan and gluten free. It has never previously been an issue and it wasn’t this time either. Food service was relatively slow, but this was not an issue as we were chatting and enjoying the ambience.

On receiving my dessert I asked again to double check this was indeed vegan, as it was a pannacotta and mini meringues (although possible to make vegan - I was impressed by the effort!) - after tasting one of the meringues I knew that they were not vegan and immediately asked the server. Who apologised profusely, however I am vegan mainly for intolerance reasons and so hoped it would not have any impact due to the small amount! (Unfortunately it did have an impact!)

In addition to this, he followed his apology with ‘we need you to vacate the table as soon as possible for the next sitting’ - we hadn’t even finished our desserts! I could understand if the time at the table was due to us, but being sat at the table for nearly 2 1/2 hours was due to the slow food service.

I was not offered anything other than an apology after serving me food I was intolerant to and we were swiftly moved on from the table.

Normally 5 star - hopefully this incident is not reflective of their 2020 objectives, but it will be a while before I visit again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly this was one of the best Thai meals I have had outside of Thailand.
Wonderfully authentic and flavourful offerings that really blew me away!
I opted for the vegan set menu and have never been quite so thrilled and daunted by the amount of food served.
It is well worth the visit for the meal let alone the beautiful hotel!

CP
CPRM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Poor service. Had to ask to place order after being seated for 25 minutes, had to also ask to place our mains order. Two staff covering 6 tables at the start of our evening so wasn’t busy, they were just very unobservant. Drinks took too long to arrive. I ordered a drink after my starter and it still hadn’t arrived after my main so had to cancel the drink. Decor was odd, not Thai. Benches were extremely uncomfortable and narrow in depth. Feels like too many people crammed into a small space.

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MattT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

the food was delicious and with the £33 per head deal it felt worthy value.

the service was poor, with slow transfer between courses and limited follow up from the waiter

we would not have felt the original price was worth paying.

The room was cold and dark. The speaker for music was directly above our table and too loud for us to talk comfortably without feeling disturbed

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

There is a horrible moldy smell in the downstairs restaurant dining area. Why they would sit anyone there is a mystery to me. It was intolerable.

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scottw
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for a Thai meal, a touch on the expensive side but very tasty...

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danielleo
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb .. we have eaten Thai food all over the world, and this is probably the best yet !! Highly recommended 👌🏻👌🏻

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SophinaE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service the whole night, lovely setting and the best food, definitely recommend. Had lots of little bits to share and it was just right for 3 people.

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GordonS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing treat for our anniversary. Lovely food, atmosphere and such a cool, quirky place

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and would definitely return - brilliant service and food! Really well looked after and a different experience which I would certainly recommend.

GR
GemmaR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Amazing service very knowledgeable host especially regarding wine menu!!!
Thai Taster menu portions much too big we left 50% totally stuffed you could double your profits but food very very tasty

MW
MarkW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Thai food I have had. Great waiter to explain the menu and options. Eclectic venue, well worth a visit.

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Kinger
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waitresses are so rude and stuck up. I have been here 3 times now and always add extra random things on the bill.

FH
FizaH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience- would come again, the food was delicious!!!

NY
NeilY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It used to be great, but it just feels overpriced for average food now.

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Anna1
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Intimate Thai restaurant- excellent staff- food is good but drinks are expensive, and whilst we knew we only as the table for an hour and a half, I think that when you spend £250 for four people, you shouldn’t be rushed off the table.

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elaineD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Constantly being reminded that we only has a 2 hour slot was really annoying and unprofessional and embarrassing.

AW
AdamW
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Rushed off of our table into the packed bar where we couldn’t sit - even though we’d only had the table 1hr 20mins

Starters were horrendously overpriced for what we got!

Main course was good!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
8 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as usual

CJ
CarolineJW1981
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed! Another wonderful experience. Wonderful head waiter and lovely ambience !

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dmorg
Melbourne / VIC
17 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thai chef and excellent service in a quirky surrounding. Music was excellent and at the perfect volume. Tables were a little close together

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Fire door left open hence room cold

Waiter unsure about the menu contents. Started to argue about what was available. When the error was pointed out they report they didn’t know.
Seemed keen on moving us out - at one point trying to take away dishes and plates before even finished.

Food was good. The service was poor
Venue is unchanged for many years and starting to show its age

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BeeH
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Maître d was superb. Food was incredible. Thank you

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BA89
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I dined here for an engagement meal. My family called up prior to my meal and brought a voucher to pay towards my meal (to which I would find out when my bill arrived).

We arrived at the bar, it was busy and I had to wait at the bar to speak to someone to say we had reserved. After about 10 minutes, I got the attention of the barman, he managed to call a staff member who seated us.

They offered us champagne to buy to celebrate, but we refused as we do not drink alcohol.

Drinks and food order was taken promptly. Crackers arrived and plenty of them too, followed by our food. Food was good and no complaints there. The restaurant was busy, who we guessed were mainly hotel guests.

Bill arrived closed to £100, which I paid. The waiter advised that the service added would not go to the staff directly but to the company and stated that we did not need to pay and can leave cash tip instead. We accepted this offer and left a cash tip and avoided the discretionary service charge of 13%.

After I got back home, I spoke with my family to find out that they had brought a voucher and was asked whether it got deducted. I was bemused and told them I paid full price without the voucher being applied.

We called the restaurant to tell them of this error, and he said to call back and he can give a refund as we was busy cleaning the empty tables (more reason to help us as the restaurant was now empty!!). I asked to speak to someone senior as it was more about the occasion and surprise rather than a refund! Called next day only to be given a sorry and a refund. No care was given and the surprise my family had lined up did not pay off, and this led to us giving Crazy Bear Thai Restaurant a bad review for the lack of care after we complained and their ability to fulfil the voucher when the bill was provided.

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