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The Bear and Ragged Staff, Oxford, Oxfordshire

The Bear and Ragged Staff

4.7
4.7
125 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 8:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:00 am–12:00 am Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01865 862329

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 125 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Best Overall

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Best Food

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Best Service

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Best Ambiance

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Best Value

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for Lunch

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Special Occasion

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Sunday Lunch

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    British

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  1. W

    Wemb99

    Exclusive

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Amazing staff, super friendly and attentive. A number of items were not available from the menu even at 630pm on a Saturday evening, which is why it didn’t get 5*. Food was delicious though.
  2. RB

    RobertB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff very helpful and attentive, even though it was pretty busy. Food really nice. Will definitely visit again.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on July 19, 2022Thank you for your wonderfult review and kind words Robert, we are so glad you found the team helpful and your food really nice, we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just lovely, as always

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on July 4, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars!

  4. L

    Lunchlady

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My parents had a wonderful anniversary lunch, many thanks!
  5. B

    Belindaporter

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff, making us feel very welcome. My husband really enjoyed his roast dinner. I was not that hungry and opted for 2 starters, they were very tasty and filling

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on June 13, 2022Thanks for the great review Belinda, we are so pleased you had an enjoyable dinner and we hope to see you guys again soon!

  6. LL

    LynnL

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food , nice atmosphere, nice service, recommended

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on May 30, 2022Thank you Lynn! Please do come and see us again soon.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb staff, very helpful and friendly. Delicious food and ambience. Will definitely be going again soon.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on May 29, 2022Wow thank you so much, we certainly look forward to welcoming you again soon!

  8. SB

    SusanB

    Liverpool

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting and good food and drink.
  9. MT

    MonicaT

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 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 on May 22, 2022Wow 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.

  10. SB

    SueB

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 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 May 4, 2022We are so pleased you enjoyed your avocado and poached egg Sue! We hope to see you again soon.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely welcome, fabulous food and friendly staff. Could not have asked for more.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on May 2, 2022Thank you so much for your lovely review and 5 Stars.

  12. AM

    AlisonM

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 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 April 3, 2022Thank 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.

  13. EN

    EleniN

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely staff and food

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on March 19, 2022Eleni Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your kind words

  14. TK

    TimK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really nice dinner, enjoyed!

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on March 6, 2022We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves Tim! See you soon.

  15. VD

    VilmaD

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 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 March 3, 2022Thank you so much for the 4 stars and your lovely comments Vilma

  16. TS

    TaraSimone

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 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 February 26, 2022Oh 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.

  17. PR

    PeterR

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 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 February 21, 2022We 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

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 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 February 7, 2022Thanks for the 4 stars and kind comments anon!

  19. EW

    ElaineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food, perfect service, perfect ambience. Would definitely recommend

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on February 4, 2022Thanks for the 5 stars Elaine! We love your comments! See you again soon.

  20. LB

    LeonieB

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Bit quiet as most people full after Christmas! Lovely service as usual

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on December 30, 2021Thank you for your kind words and 5 star LeonieB

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 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 December 20, 2021Thank 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.

  22. RC

    RebeccaC

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely meal, as usual.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on December 20, 2021Thank you for your wonderful words and the 5 stars RebeccaC

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 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.
  24. LB

    LeonieB

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Friendly staff Good food Really nice to sit in bar where cosy Xx

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on December 15, 2021Thank you for such a wonderful review and kind comments Leonie, we hope to see you again soon.

  25. JB

    JohnB

    Oxford

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 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 December 7, 2021Thank 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.

  26. IM

    IainM

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 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 December 7, 2021Thanks 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.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on December 6, 2021Thank you for the kind words and 5 stars Anon

  28. DJ

    DeanJ

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 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
  29. N

    Noodun

    London

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 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 November 23, 2021We are so gld you enjoyed your food and find the staff pleasant! we hope to see you again soon.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was awesome

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on November 23, 2021Thanks so much anon!

  31. TF

    TFletch

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 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 November 10, 2021Thank 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.

  32. TH

    ToddyH

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great family atmosphere and good quality food. My 8 year old son particularly enjoyed the pie.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on October 17, 2021Thank you so much for the 5 stars! we are so glad your son enjoyed his pie! See you again soon.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely location and food. Will be back again

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on September 25, 2021What a wonderful review, thank you for your lovely words!

  35. GC

    GordonC

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff very polite and helpful. Nice choice of food and very good

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on September 11, 2021Thanks for your kind words Gordon, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great evening dinner very nice staff and food was good.

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on September 6, 2021What a lovely review, thank you! Please do visit us again soon.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 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 August 23, 2021Thank 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!

  38. p

    patrickh

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 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 August 14, 2021Thank 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!

  39. MC

    MoiraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 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 August 14, 2021Thank 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!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GreT all round! Relaxing atmosphere and lovely food and wine

    The Bear and Ragged StaffResponded on July 24, 2021Thank you for the great review, we hope to see you again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 125 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for The Bear and Ragged Staff

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

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bicester

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 8:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 8:00 am–12:00 am Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm

  • 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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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