The Bear and Ragged Staff

4.6
105 reviews
£25 and under
British
The Bear & Ragged Staff in Cumnor is a world away from the Newbury & Swindon roads that stream past only a mile from its door. The heart of the pub is a glorious Tudor beauty. Ancient fireplaces, flagstone floors and mullioned windows with carved lintels, make the bar one of the finest anywhere. A comfortable eatery, conservatory and South-facing terrace provide spaces for every mood – and winding stairs lead to cosy bedrooms with old oak doorways & beamed ceilings.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 105 People Are Saying
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vipLeonieB
London
19 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Bit quiet as most people full after Christmas!
Lovely service as usual

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 30 December 2021

Thank you for your kind words and 5 star LeonieB

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bear and Ragged Staff is very friendly with a calm atmosphere. The food was excellent and the service from everyone was the best. We were there celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and the team made it special with a surprise dessert plate which we didn't expect (thank you, again). Our steaks were cooked perfectly to our requirements. I personally cannot recommend this place any more highly, if you're thinking about it, just book it and go.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 20 December 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your kind words, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and the team, atmosphere and food had all exceeded your expectations.

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RebeccaC
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal, as usual.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 20 December 2021

Thank you for your wonderful words and the 5 stars RebeccaC

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Apologies to the Bear and Ragged Staff. I started a review yesterday following an excellent lunch there yesterday but I was diverted and didn’t complete the review.
I don’t normally do reviews but this occasion demanded one. Food was excellent and front of house staff were delightful. I am happy to recommend this restaurant and we will return.

LB
vipLeonieB
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff
Good food
Really nice to sit in bar where cosy
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The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 15 December 2021

Thank you for such a wonderful review and kind comments Leonie, we hope to see you again soon.

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JohnB
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Another lovely early evening meal and get together at the Bear and Ragged Staff yesterday. We had beer, cocktails and wine which were all good with very good service from the very attentive waiter and waitress service. The starters and desserts were really good and the mains, all roasts were good too. Some of the vegetables were a little cold and served on cold plates which probably didn’t help. Overall a very enjoyable afternoon with my wife and step daughter on our pre Christmas celebration. It was great to see good social distancing and wasn’t too busy at that time of the day

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 7 December 2021

Thank you for a lovely review John, we are so glad you were made to feel so comfortable by the team and enjoyed the food, we are sorry to hear your plate was a little called, we will raise this with the correct team, we hope this does not deter you from joining us in the future.

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IainM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On the whole, a good experience. My turkey was good, but not perfect. Service on the whole was good, but we did have to wait quite a time for our sweet.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 7 December 2021

Thanks for sharing your feedback IainM, we are pleased to hear overall your visit was good, although sorry it was not perfect. We will of course take on board your feedback regarding the wait time for the sweet. We hope to see you again soon and hopefully give you a 5 star experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 6 December 2021

Thank you for the kind words and 5 stars Anon

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vipDeanJ
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We have visited 8 times in the last six months and the last two visits have been disappointing. Today we arrived for our table and were not only not greeted at the door, but waited whilst the chef briefed the staff on specials…..it was very uncomfortable. We had pre booked the table, so to stand in eye sight of the staff for 10 mins was something I’ve not experienced before.

Food as always was high class, BUT they made a mistake with my 8 year old order and she received her food 10 mins after the rest of the table…..not ideal.

Overall last two visits have been a noticed reduction in service, not sure I will give it another go. Food is great though

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vipNoodun
London
57 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We eat regularly at the Bear. Food is good quality and staff very pleasant.
It can get quite noisy but it's still a good place for lunch.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 23 November 2021

We are so gld you enjoyed your food and find the staff pleasant! we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was awesome

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 23 November 2021

Thanks so much anon!

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TFletch
London
19 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday lunch with a great waiter from Oz. Perfect for our special occasion and the opportunity to catch up with family. Roast dinners are superb and highly recommend. We will definitely return.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 10 November 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a positive review! we are so glad you enjoyed your lovely roasts! see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family atmosphere and good quality food. My 8 year old son particularly enjoyed the pie.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 17 October 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 stars! we are so glad your son enjoyed his pie! See you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location and food. Will be back again

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 25 September 2021

What a wonderful review, thank you for your lovely words!

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GordonC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very polite and helpful. Nice choice of food and very good

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 11 September 2021

Thanks for your kind words Gordon, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great evening dinner very nice staff and food was good.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 6 September 2021

What a lovely review, thank you! Please do visit us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great food and good service. I've given 4 star on service because overall service was excellent but there was a fairly long wait between our mains being cleared and being offered a desert, but this was not a big deal. Would definitely return.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 23 August 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words, we will be taking your comments regarding service on board. We would love to welcome you back again soon!

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patrickh
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and excellent service. Meals served promptly. Had a party of seven and we were accomodated with no problems at all. Will go again!

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 14 August 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write us this lovely review. So pleased to hear that the whole group felt well looked after, we would love to welcome you back again soon!

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MoiraC
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with 2 friends was a very enjoyable experience. The service was friendly, helpful and efficient. We all enjoyed the food and thought the idea of a smigen of desert and coffee was an excellent idea. Sitting outside under a large umbrella was very relaxed and had the sun been shining I would have been grateful for the shade provided. I would be happy to go again.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 14 August 2021

Thank you MoriaC for this 5 star review! SO pleased to hear that our team made you feel well looked after and the food was enjoyable. Please do come and see us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GreT all round! Relaxing atmosphere and lovely food and wine

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 24 July 2021

Thank you for the great review, we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice staff and environment. Very good food ;)

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank you :) We hope to welcome you back soon!

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vipAndrewC
Yorkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great place. Professionally run but food a little lacking in presentation and imagination for price charged, good but didn't hit the spot

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 3 July 2021

Thanks for your review- we are always listening to our guests and looking at ways we can improve. Please do let us know more about your visit at reservations@peachpubs.co m.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite staff
Efficient
Friendly
Clean
And good food

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 19 June 2021

Great to hear- thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location and very good food. Service was very good too.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 15 June 2021

Thank you for the lovely review!

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new venue for us but will definitely become a new favourite. The ambience was excellent , service was first class and the food was outstanding..

Well worth a visit .

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thank you for your lovely words! We're so pleased you enjoyed! We hope to see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outside lunch in the sun. The food was delicious and the staff very friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thanks for the great feedback and recommendation!

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vipValerieK
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening of good food, good service and a lovely atmosphere.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 6 June 2021

Thank you the 5 stars Valerie. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the meal I’ve been waiting for. Great outdoor seating. Great service. And excellent food. They did a super job tailoring the meals for my kids. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a great atmosphere with superb service.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 3 June 2021

Thank your for taking the time to send us this review. Cheers for the 5 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow although they didn’t seem too busy. Food as usual was of a high quality but the pricing on the salad was rather high - 14.50 for a tomato and asparagus salad which was very small - very little asparagus in it. For comparison the vegan burger and chips was also 14.95 and was much more substantial.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 3 June 2021

Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that everything was not right and would love to pick this up with you directly. Please do get in touch with us at reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can look to putting this right.

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Charlie
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beer, lovely settling, very friendly staff

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 30 May 2021

Thank you CharlieS- great to hear you enjoyed!

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Trussy
London
17 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely table outside for a casual, quality lunch to celebrate a birthday. Good service, food was excellent, lovely spot.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 30 May 2021

Aw thanks for the lovely review Trussy!

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vipValerieK
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A lively Friday night ambience. Good food, good service. A great night out.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 29 May 2021

Great to hear- so pleased you enjoyed and come see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The venue is stunning and I loved that part of it but the menu wasn’t very tempting and was quite expensive for some of the dishes. Our server could have been more attentive and we had to ask for drinks.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 20 May 2021

Thanks for the review- sorry we didn't do to well? Could you let us know a bit more about your visit so we can improve?

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MrsAA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really excellent food. Had made great efforts with the Covid-required outside space. Friendly staff. Will definitely book again.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 18 May 2021

Ah great to hear- thank you!

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xxxmillion
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten there 3 times in the past few weeks each time had the same consistent high quality food and service

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 16 May 2021

Thank you for your support! We love what we do and glad you do too!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We will definitely visit the Bear & Ragged Staff hotel & restaurant again.
We were given a really warm welcome by the lovely hotel staff. Our room was warm & cosy & had everything we needed. The restaurant/ outdoor dining was excellent! Wonderful food & attentive, friendly staff. I can highly recommend the cheese on toast ! Delicious ! Great selection of food & beverages. All in all, our experience was most enjoyable.
Nicola & Allan Cook

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 15 May 2021

Thank you so much for this, we really appreciate it. We love it when our guests love us and are delighted you enjoyed your stay and dinner with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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Kullie
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Large outdoor area, where we were made comfortable (cushions and blankets) in the cold

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 14 May 2021

Thank you for visiting us Kullie, glad we could make you comfy in this 4 seasons in one day type of weather. We hope to see you again soon

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NandH
Oxford
26 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food - we had several choices from the specials board (the clam and and chorizo on sourdough starter was particularly popular) and then a range of choices from the mains - steaks were perfectly cooked, and the fish was perfect. All in all, a great spot, and one that we will return to

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 12 May 2021

Great news! Thanks for the lovely review. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot for outdoor dining. Everything by the book and everyone felt very safe. Food was delicious. We had the asparagus starter and buttermilk chicken sandwiches. Yum. Bathrooms very clean. Staff was great. Very attentive. When we arrived for lunch, there was very loud music being piped outside. It was so loud that my 28-year-old son asked if they could turn it off. (We were early and the only customers there). We were told they couldn’t turn it off, but they could turn it down. Lo and behold, they did turn it off. It was delightful. We could hear birds singing. I thanked them profusely when we paid the bill, but honestly, if they hadn’t turned it off it would have ruined our lunch. It was more like a nightclub than a lovely country pub. Thank you again for turning it off and not just down. I don’t think anyone there missed it. We will definitely return.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 8 May 2021

Thanks for your review! Glad to hear the food was delicious! Apologies about the music- glad the team turned it down for you. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipBruceC
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent all round
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The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 4 May 2021

Excellent news! We hope to see you again soon!

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FAQs

The Bear and Ragged Staff offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 862329.

The Bear and Ragged Staff is rated 4.6 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.