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The Bear and Ragged Staff, Oxford, Oxfordshire

The Bear and Ragged Staff

4.7
4.7
176 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 and beamed ceilings.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 08:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 08:00–00:00 Sun 08:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    01865 862329
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Bicester
  • Parking Details
    There is parking to the rear of the pub
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 176 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Healthy

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

176 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and friendly service - we had a very nice meal

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s my favourite place in the area. Consistently good food, seasonal dishes and staff that know how it’s done. See you next time !

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  3. ScottH

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb, great food, service and atmosphere. Will be returning.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good good, great service. Would highly recommend.

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  5. Lais

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place and would highly recommend. Delicious food and great staff!

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  6. kevinf

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant and incredible food. A must! Excellent service and ambience

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  7. Lizlikes

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place for dinner - lovely surroundings , good service and delicious food

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  8. LeonieB

    London

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious Cod . Excellent lamb shoulder and great cheese. Charming service as always

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  9. Fred

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    20£ for a roast dinner that simply is not worth this money. 2 thin slices of beef 2 half sticks of root vegetable, an over done Yorkshire pudding and the bones of 1 decent size roast potato chopped into 3 Perhaps a 3pm sitting was the issue? Really disappointing. If the price point was 15£ for the plate we had it would have been more palatable. Not comparable to other roasts locally in terms of quality. The sting in the tail is the plate costs 20£ so 3 people spend 60£ before you even order your small £6.50 side of cauliflower and cheese… Change the price point or the quality of the food on the plate

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  10. gidgeg

    Oxford

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Service and great ambiance Second visit this month and a great experience

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  11. ZoeS

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very warm and cosy. Food was good, not amazing. I struggle to pay £7.50 for a slice of cake for desert that wasn’t great. Ate it though and never complain, so that’s my fault!

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  12. NatalieC

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fab food lovely attentive stag great atmosphere ..

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a wonderful experience. The restaurant and bar were lovely, the people attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend and stay here again.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for a wonderful family brunch, great service and great food. Friendly staff.

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  15. EleniN

    Oxford

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Please please please I free Wholemeal or multigrain bread for brunch

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  16. Philo

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a lovely brunch the other day. Had the full English breakfast. Was delicious. Beautiful fresh orange juice. Very friendly staff. Definitely be back as we live locally.

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  17. kevinf

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, wonderful service and definitely going back again and again. For breakfast tomorrow actually. 5 Star

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  18. LillieP

    London

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat in the bar space this visit and actually preferred it. Great service from an Italian gentleman. Food was better than expected- really tasty

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service nice friendly staff and a great birthday welcome

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelent as ysual, good service good food would reccommend the bear to anyone

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  21. Danni

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at The Bear And Ragged Staff. The food was delicious. There was a good range of dishes on the menu and quite a few specials too. We also felt the dishes were well priced. The staff were friendly and attentive and we will definitely be going back.

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  22. riak

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought a dementia client for Sunday lunch. Ronan out server was aware of this and really made our visit special. Food was outstanding. If a tad expensive, when it says roasted root veg I would expect more than half a carrot and half a parsnip. That said everything was cooked beautifully.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely breakfast this morning, a little bit pricey but food was very nice.

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  24. EleniN

    Oxford

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch with a friend BUT please please please offer Wholemeal rye or multigrain bread and skimmed milk

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  25. ErinC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant with very friendly and welcoming staff. Food was cooked perfectly. They timed all of our courses nicely.

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  26. Caroline

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very good time as a team, the food was very tasty and arrived in good time. The staff was very pleasant.

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  27. JOlly

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, friendly staff. Would recommend the pies - the meat is succulent and the fish pie is decadent.

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  28. HeatherC

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and customer service. Highly recommend

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  29. RobinW

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place. We had the mackerel to start with, super flavour. The sea beam for main was also great. The service was very good with a great knowledge of the red wine. We will be back.

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  30. Susie

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent staff. Table was away from other people which was great. Lovely food.

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  31. EleniN

    Oxford

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great for brunch but please please please start offering skimmed milk as an option as well as brown, rye or multi grain bread! It’s so out of touch to just offer white sourdough and ciabatta

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  32. Lunchlady

    Oxford

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and Sunday lunch. Can’t wait to return

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  33. gidgeg

    Oxford

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Service and ambiance Will be back again

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and staff Recommended

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    very nice food

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  36. EleniN

    Oxford

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday brunch with 8 friends! Everything was great
    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 7 February 2023
    Thank you for joining us EleniN!

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  37. LaLa

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food nice staff quite busy for a Monday lunchtime

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great relaxing experience, thank you

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  39. Timothy

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As ever an outstanding experience.
    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 14 January 2023
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review following your recent visit to us.  We are delighted that everything was peachy perfect for you, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thank you, Reservations Team

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to eat here. Excellent food, prompt and friendly service, and a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 2 January 2023
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review following your recent visit to us.  We are delighted that everything was peachy perfect for you, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thank you, Reservations Team

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FAQs

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

The Bear and Ragged Staff is rated 4.7 stars by 176 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Bear and Ragged Staff

28 Appleton Road, Cumnor, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 9QH

Additional information

  • Area
    Bicester
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 08:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 08:00–00:00 Sun 08:00–22:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    There is parking to the rear of the pub
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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