The Bear and Ragged Staff

4.6
65 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 65 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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BruceC
Bath
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent all round
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The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded 4 days ago

Excellent news! We hope to see you again soon!

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KatherineB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice menu with good selection of traditional dishes and lighter options. Nice garden and pleasant service

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks Katherine- glad to hear you enjoyed!

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LeonieB
London
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely staff but lost our order so had to wait an hour. Food delicious

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded 6 days ago

Oh no- we are very sorry leonieB! Glad to hear the team looked after you and we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Initial Service was very slow.

45 minutes to get our first drink.

Garlic bread frozen

Food was ok but not worth the prices

Waiter was knowledgeable and efficient

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for your review. We are very sorry the service was slow, it has been a busy start. We would love some information regarding your meals and to apologise for the Garlic Bread. Could you contact us at reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can make amends?

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ollieA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We enjoyed our lunch and with outdoor dining they had functional outdoor heaters and well spaced tables. The good was definitely good but not exceptional. Service was excellent and attentive.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the review OillieA- we hope to see you again soon!

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Esther
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely staff and a lovely setting. Sat outside with umbrellas, blankets and hot water bottles to hide away from the hail. Staff were delightful and polite. Food came out quickly and was so tasty. A lovely evening

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded 6 days ago

So glad you had a good time, we appreciate your very positive feedback, please come back and see us soon

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JamesA
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with the food and service! Can’t wait until it is open inside.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good food with amazing service - thank you team! Slightly pricey roast on a sunday but given the last year it's understandable, just quite high for what you get.
The service was amazing and although they were very busy, the staff were incredibly attentive. Recommend!

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 27 April 2021

Thank you very much for your support and understanding, its been a crazy year and our suppliers have put their prices up so as a result so have we. We are always happy to give you more yorkies and roast potatoes if you ask for them- so please take advantage of that offering next time. Come back and see us soon

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Sunday Lunch on my other half’s birthday.
He is Gluten Free so we find it hard to find nice places to eat! After realising this was the second Peach Pub I had booked in two days we knew we would not be disappointed!
The menu both normal and GF were fantastic! The service was wonderful couldn’t have done enough and the atmosphere was beautiful!
Couldn’t recommend it more! Can’t wait to come back!

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 28 April 2021

Thank you for a lovely review, and for visiting another one of our pubs. We'd like to buy you a drink! Book again with us at reservations@peachpubs and we will make sure we get you both a glass of something fizzy! Don't forget to mention this particular review!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent environment 👍 👌 😀

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 27 April 2021

Aw thank you, so glad you had a good time

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, service was 2nd to none and when in the sun a great day out the steak and scallops are to die for!

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 27 April 2021

Fantastic- glad you had a good time! Our scallops are such a treat- personally my favourite. We hope to see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, beautiful setting and terrific food.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 21 April 2021

Cheers for the 5 stars! So glad you enjoyed yourselves

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PriyaP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 20 April 2021

Thanks for your review!

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RebeccaC
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal out after lock down. The Bear & Ragged Staff did not disappoint. Service excellent. Sunny terrace.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 19 April 2021

Thanks Rebecca, so glad you had a good time! Come back again soon!

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SusanL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat. Well organised and socially distanced.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 20 April 2021

Thanks Susan, its been a bit tricky but we believe we got the right balance! Come back soon

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ziggy
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and service on a lovely decking under of of just a few heaters. Great to be out again.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 19 April 2021

Thanks Ziggy, it so good to be back and looking after guests again. Come back and see us again soon

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JosephineB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first meal out for over a year and it was such a pleasure! Excellent food and service. Thank you.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 19 April 2021

Thank you Josephine- it really has been too long hasn't it, glad you choose us and thank you once again for the lovely comments

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SBow
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious meal in the sunshine with very attentive and accommodating staff. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this pub.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thank you very much for your recommendation! So good to be back, thank you for visiting- come back soon

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vipKate
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We’re back! First day of opening after lockdown and the Bear and Ragged didn’t disappoint. The outdoor area has been refreshed abs was snug and welcoming. The menus offered many old favourites. So good to be abjectly socialise in our local again.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 13 April 2021

And it was so nice to welcome you! Hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder to you next time! We hope to see you again soon!

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KatieB
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was amazing, but my food was a bit cold. It also seems like the price would have been too high if it hadn’t been Eat Out to Help Out.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for your review Katie. Glad to hear the team looked after you but I'm very sorry the food was a bit cold, please do forgive us and accept this was a one off. Unfortunately some of our prices may need to be a little higher to help us and our quality food producers rebuild after a difficult few months and we hope you can understand the need for this right now, but use sustainable, free range and artisan produce. We do look at our competition and feel we are well priced for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I stayed in room 2 which was very comfortable and clean. Shower and bath were lovely. We also ate in the bar area. Food was very good but what made the evening and breakfast in the morning was the service. Really engaging, polite and professional service with a smile. Thank you.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 30 October 2020

Thanks for your lovely review!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiting staff were super attentive, food was incredible! Definitely recommend the pie.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 27 October 2020

Oooooh we do love the pie! So glad you had a good time! Did you know we do take away, give us a call, swing by and grab a pie next time you are passing! We hope to see you again soon

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SarahG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely ambiance, very friendly staff and excellent food.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks Sarah, it's great that you all enjoyed and would visit again - we shall look forward to welcoming you back.

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TFletch
London
14 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend lunch with family. The food was excellent and fantastic customer service. We are already planning a return trip. Would highly recommend.

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LouiseJ
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visited with a friend for lunch and had a lovely meal. Attentive, friendly service, very welcoming.
Relaxed atmosphere and nice decor. Would return!

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 3 October 2020

Thanks Louise, it's great to hear you enjoyed and would visit again. We shall look forward to welcoming you back.

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LucasE
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location, not far from Oxford (where I was visiting).
All staff really friendly complementing some great food.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thanks so much Lucas!

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CarolynG
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely go back again

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 18 September 2020

Thanks for the great feedback Carolyn, so glad to hear you enjoyed. Look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really lovely experience wonderful staff and ambience

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 13 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars -great to hear you enjoyed and hope we can welcome you again

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WelRed
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with great food and great service. Lovely menu choices with additional specials board. Staff were attentive and knowledgable. Lovely booths indoors and sun terrace outside. Spacious and comfortable.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 16 September 2020

Thanks for the cracking review!

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vipFInedine
London
31 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch. Nice atmosphere and ambience. Unfortunately ran out of sausages by 10am but got extra bacon. Food was ok. Would come back to try lunch/ dinner.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 8 September 2020

Sorry about the sausages but glad you still enjoyed. Do come back and try our lunch or dinner menu, we are now doing weekend wellingtons, plus our daily specials too.

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TomR
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall another great meal at the bear! Accommodated a late change to the booking and all of the food & drink was excellent. The food was not super fast, which I prefer as it means it is cooked fresh, but was in no way slow either. We couldn't believe almost 3 hours went by, must have been having fun :)

Would definitely recommend for all sorts of meals and get togethers if you want something a little special but no costing the earth! Ours worked out at around £40 each for 2 or 3 courses and drinks, not too bad!

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 2 September 2020

Thanks Tom- that is a great review. We are so glad you had a good time. We are now doing weekend wellingtons- which sounds right up your street. Come back for one of those and we would like to buy you a pint for taking the time to review us. Book direct with us at reservations@peachpubs.comso we can make sure you get that drink on us.

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Hungrymummy
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and location, very friendly welcome too

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 20 August 2020

Thanks Hungry Mummy! We love Cumnor and all that visit, we hope to see you again soon

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PeterH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational food and fabulous venue! Absolutely gorgeous Sunday roast, fantastic service and can’t wait to return. What a find!

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 17 August 2020

Thank you Peter, we love what we do- sign up to our mailing list and you can receive news and find out what we are up to. Come and visit it us again soon. All the best Adam and the team

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LaurenB
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, staff were welcoming, attentive and accommodating.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 15 August 2020

Cheers for the 5 stars Lauren, hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very pleasant food was wonderful very nice lunch

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 15 August 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars

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GourmetGal
London
14 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We must have visited on one of the hottest days of the year, but it was cool inside, and no one else in the dining room (all in the conservatory or outside). A lovely jug of Pimms was thirst quenching and good value. The food tends to the hearty fare - pie, fish and chips, curry, etc so I had two starters to leave room for a pudding. Gazpacho was a great idea for such a hot day, although a shade creamier than anticipated. Tomato hummus and pitta was enjoyable, and the garnish of nuts and seeds a nice touch. A tomato side salad was dressed with pesto for extra taste. Himself had ham croquettes - very tasty - and steak pie, which was chock full of meat, and served with mashed potato and cabbage. I just about managed a small slice of cheesecake with tea, and himself had an ice cream/sorbet selection. Service was just right, neither too distant or too over-bearing. A really enjoyable lunch.

The Bear and Ragged Staff
Responded on 10 August 2020

Thanks for the feedback, it sounds like you both enjoyed your lunch with us. A jug of Pimms to start off with sounds perfect! We are so pleased that you enjoyed and do hope we can welcome you back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

80th birthday treat for my auntie and all the staff went the extra mile, we were so delighted to be treated so well. Keep that standard going and you’ll soon have a star!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not as good as last visit a few years ago. Several items ordered we're forgotten and the food was OK but not great for the prices charged. Roast potatoes were pre cooked and reheated and my personal hate side dishes were charged separately. £3.50 for some boiled cabbage is ridiculous. When serving a roast dinner is should co.e with a selection of veg!

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SueW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a go to meeting point for myself and best friend (it’s a half way point between us.). This was our 3rd visit and was just as good as the previous 2 times. They even knew it had recently been my birthday and gave me a free glass of Prosecco. A lovely touch. We’ll be back

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 65 OpenTable diners.

The Bear and Ragged Staff does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://peach-pubs.vouchercart.com/category/the-bear-ragged-staff-2717.

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.