Crazy Bear Stadhampton - Thai Restaurant

4.2
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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.

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12 Plate Festive Signature Menu with Premium Champagne £33.00

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 5 people

Starts: 1 December 2019

Ends: 30 December 2019

Availability: Sun 16:00-21:45
Mon-Wed 12:00-14:45 18:00-21:45
Thu-Sat 12:00-14:45 18:00-18:00

12 Plate Festive Signature Menu with Premium Champagne £33.00

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 5 people

Starts: 19 November 2019

Ends: 30 March 2020

Availability: Sun 16:00-21:45
Mon-Fri 12:00-14:45 18:00-21:45
Sat 12:00-14:45 18:00-18:00

What 206 People Are Saying
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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.

D
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
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
Buckinghamshire
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as usual

CJ
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

d
Melbourne / VIC
14 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
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

BH
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BA
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.

SH
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

An absolute disaster from beginning to end and a 75th Birthday celebration ruined. It started with the barman’s inability to complete our drinks order correctly - only three drinks so this really should not have been a problem. Our table reservation was for 20.00 and at 20.15 we asked when it would be ready to which we were told that it would be ready shortly. At 20.30 with no further update we asked again and were told that the restaurant was fully booked and they had had to deal with a conference as well. When we said this was not our fault the table manager said he was just explaining how it was and walked off. When a different member of staff walked by we asked again and asked if we could have a free drink to which she agreed, a shame that we had to initiate this. We were finally seated at 20.50, fifty minutes after our table reservation. By the time we were served our main course it was 22.10 and to make matters worse the waiter brought someone else’s dishes as well as ours and did not know which was ours and had to be helped by a colleague. The food was luke warm which we informed the waitress of when she asked how the food was. We had been waiting so long we really couldn’t be bothered to wait for this to be rectified. In the time that we were there another table walked out and we overheard a couple complaining about the length of time it was taking for their drinks to arrive. We asked to speak to a manager and she admitted that the restaurant was out of its depth that night. She did offer a free glass of champagne which we declined and she invited us to come back for a free meal another time to which I replied, ‘Why would we want to do that?!’ Such a disappointment and disgrace for a supposedly fine dining experience. I have never felt so upset and angry after a meal compounded by the fact that I felt the need to apologise to my mother on Crazy Bear’s behalf for ruining her birthday. NEVER AGAIN!!

NB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Food ok, but hardly Thai. Mostly English and some Chinese food.

n
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , outstanding service . Food was perfectly presented , great portions , fresh and uncomplicated

C
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was unbelievable and the staff were lovely. It was very expensive and there were a lot of hidden extra charges, so we ended up paying an extra £80 for a 3 course meal that we’d already paid for! But the food was very good and the setting was stunning. The whole hotel is unreal and I’d recommend it to anyone. But be warned, it is very very expensive.

SN
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food excellent service
Lovely ambiance. Had a la carte and set menu. Both very good
Thank you

LA
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The food saved this review. Booked the set menu for a birthday dinner. These details were included on the booking but totally neglected by the restaurant. To be fair I think that we had a very new waiter and everybody has to start somewhere but I felt he was sent to the floor on a Friday night completely unprepared. We were given the wrong menu, had to ask for our included drink, asked to order sides when rice was already included in the main and plates were put down with a visibly dirty napkin in hand. Not what was expected from such a venue. The food was beautifully delicate and generous, although could have been more attractively presented. We were determined to have a nice time and the decor and unique setting helped but I felt we were let down a little...perhaps because of the “deal” we booked. This shouldn’t ever be the case.

A
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience4

The place is worth a visit for it is unique. But the place is tired and dirty. The umbrellas were disgusting, the chandeliers filthy and the hand drier in the bog was broken. 100% of the clientele were couples which was fun, it was like Love Island. One girl had the label of her new dress sticking out. LOLZ.

KH
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly and helpful staff. Brilliant experience

d
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An ecclesiastic Thai restaurant in English countryside. The food is authentic and the atmosphere is very enticing. Meat is from its own farm and is very good quality. I look forward to trying it’s english restaurant

N
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant, great food with a very different feel than most pub restaurants.

Service was good and very helpful when advising us on the quantity.

We will certainly go back.

CB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had read some reviews before we went and so was a bit concerned it might not meet our expectations. I had been some years previously to the English restaurant in the evening which was lovely. This time we had the Thai menu at lunchtime outside. It certainly exceeded expectations and was glorious. It is a little pricier but it’s not just the food that you’re paying for! The service was excellent and definitely much better than recent reviews led me to believe. I would 100% recommend Crazy Bear Stadhampton!

CP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plush and pretty decor within a period building with lots of character and ambiance. Food is outstanding and always great service.

WH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly welcoming and friendly staff at the bar and in the restaurant. Were very attentive and did all they could to make our experience as good as possible. Food was delicious and held a high standard. Would be keen to dine here again.

KE
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

So disappointed. We went on a package and the menu available was nothing like the menus on the website. Standard run-of-the-mill Thai dishes you can get anywhere, but with supplements and extortionately priced sides. All served in a poky overcrowded basement where everyone feels like they have to whisper because you are sat on top of each other. We dared to comment that the bill seemed high and were confronted en masse by defensive staff who clearly have to deal with more complaints than compliments. This place would have been amazingly quirky and different when it was first done- now it is just confused and a bit desperate. We will not be back

m
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Didn’t expect for every one to have to sight very closely together. My partner wanted to sit opposite as we always do but was told this wasn’t allowed. It is sooooo much smaller than it looks in the pictures and very small and closed in which I didn’t feel comfortable with at all. So much so I cancelled mains as I couldn’t relax being that tightly seated. The ceilings are very low and deco is very dark.

We was so close to the next tables they actually over heard our conversation and joined in! I felt very awkward facing a complete stranger that was seated on the wall in front rather than my boyfriend.

The waitress wasn’t very pleasant and seemed everything was an effort. Doesn’t write anything down and forgot one of our starters which I asked for a further 2 times! We unfortunately also had the same lady for breakfast which again she didn’t seem interested in anything we asked for as she was too busy listening to conversation on the table next to us.

The bill came with a 13% charge on which I wasn’t very happy to pay for the service we received

KH
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Attended for Lunch on a Saturday expected it to be packed but was actually quite quiet with only 2 other couples there, despite our second round of drinks being forgotten the service was otherwise brilliant and food excellent. Would definitely recommend

ED
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant surroundings
Food extremely nice
Friendly staff

h
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food was amazing. However the decor is seriously weird and off-putting, low ceilings, velvet walls with strange faces sticking out of the walls, uncomfortable seating.

D
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening. Staff were slick and quick, and the food was great. Well recommended.

Would advise that anyone over about 5'11 will find the low seats difficult to navigate though.

ML
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall, I did have a nice time at the Thai restaurant, BUT I was a bit unhappy/disappointed with the online booking system, when I arrived and got seated, I asked for the Express Menu (2 courses for £15 or 3 courses for £20) but the waitress said I needed to book that online which I don't remember having that option or it mentioning anywhere on the website, which is what i said to the waitress, and she sais we can have the express menu this time but next time we have to book it online, so i checked online again to see if I have missed it, but still cannot find this option or function on the website which is a bit worrying for next time. Thank you

BG
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tables are really close together, but the food was great.

BN
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place, beautifully decorated however slightly overpriced

PJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yes we would recommend the Thai restaurant, food was excellent

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic setting and environment. Superb food with lovely friendly service. Thoroughly enjoyed evening.

CJ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Unfortunately let down by the service and unhelpful attitude by some staff members.

There was a mix up with the booking which seemed to put the waitress in a bad mood with us. Took 20 minutes to be asked for our drink order, another 15 minutes waiting for our drinks to arrive.
At the end of the meal the discretionary service charge was added to my card payment without question which made it awkward to refuse.
Food was lovely and a nice ambiance.

CK
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely cosy atmosphere. We had the 8 dish menu for 2 of us and the only negative was that it came with a very small bowl of rice for 2 people, which was not enough, meaning we had to pay for an extra portion.

ST
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We booked a table at The Crazy Bear to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We’d been before, with friends to the English restaurant, and it was excellent, so we’re expecting the Thai to be as good.
We had the ten course taster menu as recommended by our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable waitress, and the food could not have been better. In particular the Thai duck and pomegranate salad was simply delicious. All the dishes were nicely presented, tasty, and exquisitely spiced. We were a bit short on rice though.
The restaurant itself, very cleverly decorated, and beautifully lit. Perfect for a romantic meal. The Thai restaurant is small and intimate, and as it was a Friday night, fully booked, so not a lot of space. The staff did not take our coats, and as seating was on a long low bench, we had no choice but to sit on our jackets and bag, so not that comfortable.
My main issue was the chatter of some other diners. It was cramped, so were tables packed closely together. Not usually an issue, as you normally lower your conversation tone appropriately in such situations. However, the couple across and to the right of us were staying the night, having bought a Groupon deal, and had had lots to drink, and got louder and louder as the evening progressed. Their language was blue, and they progressed to telling their life story, and other inappropriate tales loudly to all the tables surrounding them, making it difficult to have a quiet conversation between us.
The food and decor here could not be faulted, neither could the staff, but because of other rowdy diners, it was not quite the romantic celebration we’d been looking forward to.

HS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Went here recently with friends. The staff were rude and above themselves with quite an attitude. One of the party had an allergy to prawns and we asked if we cld swap to another starter. (We had chosen a set menu). We were told no but cld swap with veggie starter. We decided not to swap. When the starter came out the prawns were touching the other starters. When we pointed this out the waitress looked at us blankly and proceeded to tell us what the starters were. Also be aware they add service charge @13 1/2% which is expected and not earned. Have gone to this restaurant quite a few times over the years but will not be rushing back due to very poor service.

MD
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Unfortunately our waitress didn’t write our order down and then had to come back to the table to check she’d remembered it correctly, to do this she pointed her finger at us individually and repeated the order; I, personally feel that this is highly improper etiquette. We ordered a bottle of champagne with our meal and the same waitress brought the bottle over and promptly served us, at no time were we shown the bottle to check it was the one we’d ordered. The tables are so close together it felt intimidating to mention anything that may not have been right for us, as the whole restaurant would have heard. The service at the bar was very slow too.

s
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a gorgeous setting, a bit cramped and seats a bit too low down & drinks very expensive.

C
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, and the waiter was super helpful.

Howvere, the tables were very close together and we were near a large party of about 15 men who were loud and ruined the ambiance somewhat.

If the room was bigger and the boozy work party weren’t there it would have been perfect.