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The Bear and Ragged Staff, Oxford, Oxfordshire

The Bear and Ragged Staff

4.7
4.7
116 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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Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

Menu

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What 116 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Best Ambience

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Group Bookings

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Special Occasions

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    British

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  1. MT

    MonicaT

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best experience we’ve ever had in a pub since the covid reopening. The food was wonderful — we had a seafood platter with everything, which was delicious. The sunny day contributed, it goes without saying! The Bear and Ragged Staff made us almost speechless. Everybody should go there for drinks or meal!

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded 1 day ago

    Wow Monica, thank you so much, this is a very kind review and we are smiling ear to ear reading your wonderful words regarding your visit with us. We hope to see you again soon.

  2. SB

    SueB

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really nice. Good brunch. I had avocado and poached egg on sourdough and there were two slices, so it was great.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 4 May 2022

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your avocado and poached egg Sue! We hope to see you again soon.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely welcome, fabulous food and friendly staff. Could not have asked for more.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 2 May 2022

    Thank you so much for your lovely review and 5 Stars.

  4. AM

    AlisonM

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Overall a good though not outstanding experience. Hot smoked salmon pate could have had firmer texture, ciabatta with it over-toasted/baked I felt; plaice perhaps a little overcooked while potatoes undercooked. Wine was left with us unopened on a diy basis, had to be chann no fed as neither we nor waitor could open it…

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 3 April 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your recent visit, we are upset to hear we did not reach our full potential and show you how we really do things here at The Bear & Ragged Staff. We will be using your review as a training tool with our team. If you would like to discuss your visit further please do get in touch with us at reservations@peachpubs.co m.

  5. EN

    EleniN

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely staff and food

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 19 March 2022

    Eleni Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your kind words

  6. TK

    TimK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Really nice dinner, enjoyed!

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 6 March 2022

    We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves Tim! See you soon.

  7. VD

    VilmaD

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We sat in the bar and were lucky to sit near an open fire. My duck pie and my husband's choice of beef and ale pie were perfect on a cold wet day.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 3 March 2022

    Thank you so much for the 4 stars and your lovely comments Vilma

  8. TS

    TaraSimone

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We visited for our anniversary dinner as I’d seen some great reviews, it was a lovely experience, the food and drinks were great with lots of choice and a great choice of specials! It wasn’t too busy when we were there so it wasn’t too noisy. The staff were super attentive and friendly. The only thing I would say was that my fondant potato was a touch on the dry side but other than that, we had a really lovely time and we can’t wait to go back!

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 26 February 2022

    Oh wow Tara, thank you for this glowing review! It is an honor to have hosted you for your anniversary celebrations. We would love to welcome you back again very soon.

  9. PR

    PeterR

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Yorkshires cold - Laura good but Canadian guy needs training - not as good as first visit with less generous beef portions Kitchen must send out Hot Food!!! Coped with allergies well

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 21 February 2022

    We are sorry to hear this visit did not rise to the occasion and this is not how we would like our guests to leave us, we always strive to take all comments on board and we would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at reservations@peachpubs.c o m

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was good and the service was good. Got offered extra vegetables and Yorkshire’s which was a nice touch

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 7 February 2022

    Thanks for the 4 stars and kind comments anon!

  11. EW

    ElaineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect food, perfect service, perfect ambience. Would definitely recommend

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 4 February 2022

    Thanks for the 5 stars Elaine! We love your comments! See you again soon.

  12. LB

    LeonieB

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

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

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 30 December 2021

    Thank you for your kind words and 5 star LeonieB

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    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 StaffResponded 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.

  14. RC

    RebeccaC

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely meal, as usual.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 20 December 2021

    Thank you for your wonderful words and the 5 stars RebeccaC

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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.

  16. LB

    LeonieB

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Friendly staff Good food Really nice to sit in bar where cosy Xx

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 15 December 2021

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

  17. JB

    JohnB

    Oxford

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 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 StaffResponded 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.

  18. IM

    IainM

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    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 StaffResponded 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.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always good

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 6 December 2021

    Thank you for the kind words and 5 stars Anon

  20. DJ

    DeanJ

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    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

  21. N

    Noodun

    London

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 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 StaffResponded on 23 November 2021

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

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the food was awesome

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 23 November 2021

    Thanks so much anon!

  23. TF

    TFletch

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    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 StaffResponded 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.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    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 StaffResponded 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.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely location and food. Will be back again

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 25 September 2021

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

  26. GC

    GordonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 11 September 2021

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

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great evening dinner very nice staff and food was good.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 6 September 2021

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

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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 StaffResponded 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!

  29. p

    patrickh

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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 StaffResponded 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!

  30. MC

    MoiraC

    1 review

    5.0

    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 StaffResponded 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!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    GreT all round! Relaxing atmosphere and lovely food and wine

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 24 July 2021

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

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice staff and environment. Very good food ;)

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 6 July 2021

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

  33. AC

    AndrewC

    Yorkshire

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 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 StaffResponded 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.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Polite staff Efficient Friendly Clean And good food

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 19 June 2021

    Great to hear- thank you!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 15 June 2021

    Thank you for the lovely review!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    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 StaffResponded on 9 June 2021

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

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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 StaffResponded on 9 June 2021

    Thanks for the great feedback and recommendation!

  38. VK

    ValerieK

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on 6 June 2021

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

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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 StaffResponded on 3 June 2021

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

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    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 StaffResponded 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.

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
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 116 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

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Booked 14 times today
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

  • 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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