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The Macdonald Bear Restaurant

Macdonald Bear Hotel | Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
+44 1993 811124
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Ranked #15 of 23 Restaurants in Woodstock
Price range: $30 - $71
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Bear has an impressive princely past and it's a hotel steeped in the tradition of the area. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor started their love affair and at the height of their passion, played out much of the drama at The Bear. As you would expect, traditional is the order of the day and exposed beams, fireplaces and antiques create the perfect setting for business or a romantic lunch or dinner. What's cooking? Anything from warm apple crustade with Anglaise sauce and noisettes of lamb with grilled vegetable gateaux and a rosemary jus, to smoked salmon and fennel soup and baked cod fillet with a tomato compote and broccoli hollandaise.
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English first
Burford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This was not our first visit, we were very much looking forward to it as previously the food had been very good. We booked a table for 7-00, as this was the only time slot availible. From start to finish this evening was very poor, the somewhat limited menu was way off previous standards and a shadow of that advertised... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest I was extremely disappointed to receive your review and may I reiterate my sincere apologies further to my conversation with your wife and subsequent email. I would like to reassure you that I have personally completed a review of your comments with our Head Chef who has especially asked be associated with my apology. The appropriate remedial training... More

Reigate, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The receiption staff were very helpful and welcoming. Room nice and clean, but on the small side and very hot to sleep in. - and no the heating wasnt on! We werent told the car park was locked at 11pm - why not ? We ended up driving round and round at night (11.10pm) trying to get in.!!! When we... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to review the Macdonald Bear following your stay with us. I was sorry to note that were disappointed with some aspects of your stay, and was extremely concerned to learn of service you received from the breakfast team. I would like to assure you that this is not in any way reflective... More

Banbury, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

This was my second visit to The Bear in forty years,the first visit being memorable as was the first time I ever ate Guinea fowl. This second trip memorable for other reasons, the first time in five years my wife has been out with me following serious health issues,the staff,the food and a lovely chat with the delightful general manager,Paola.... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review following your recent visit with your wife. It was a pleasure to welcome you and your wife to the Bear and I am delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay especially as it was such a special occasion for you both. I hope to welcome... More

Highworth
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10 reviews 10 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I had promised my neighbour afternoon tea in the Cotswolds for her birthday that was at the end of May. We both had a busy summer and finally both had a free afternoon today to celebrate. I remember an excellent lunch at the Bear back in the 1990s, and was pleased to see that their website gives details of their... More

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for submitting a review of your afternoon tea experience following your visit to the Macdonald Bear. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged and motivated by it. We look forward to welcoming you back! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We had afternoon tea here with scones and clotted cream and jam, very nice. The scones were warm and fresh and the tea was lovely, thoroughly enjoyable.

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for submitting your review of the Macdonald Bear Hotel following your visit for afternoon tea. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it. We look forward to welcoming you back! Paola Cassotti General Manager More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Wife and I had coffee here. Waiter served it in the upstairs lounge. Didn't know how much -- "pay in the bar". On leaving, no one to take money in the bar. Went to reception. "Oh you need to go to the bar." I gave the girl five pounds and left. Could easily have gone without paying.

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest I was concerned to receive your review following your recent visit to the Bear for coffee. Please be assured that this is not reflective of our usual standards and I will be personally completing a programme of remedial training with the team to ensure that your experience could not be repeated. We do hope to welcome you back... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Breakfast is excellent Teas and coffees very expensive All the staff are very helpful and pleasant and can't do enough for you.

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review following your visit to the Bear. I was pleased to note that you had such an enjoyable experience, however was sorry to learn that you found the teas and coffees expensive. Please be assured that I am arranging a review of our prices to ensure that we remain fair and competitive. We appreciate... More

Atlanta
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Food was upscale and well prepared. I really missed the traditional pub that was here some 20 years ago before Macdonald bought the place. Then the cuisine was not so upscale but somehow warmer and more comforting.

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review of our restaurant following your visit to the Macdonald Bear Hotel. I was really pleased to read that you enjoyed your experience overall, however I am sorry that your experience was not as positive as your previous visit. I have shared your feedback with the team as I know they will be motivated... More

Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The fish and chips were among the best I had and I tried many places for this dish. Nice atmosphere and a good stop.

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for submitting your review following your visit to the Macdonald Bear. I am so glad you enjoyed our fish and chips - t is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it. We look forward to welcoming you back! Paola Cassotti General Manager More

Norwich Norfolk
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The staff were friendly and helpful, the surroundings were good, and my steak could not have been better to my taste if I had done it myself

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General_Manager_Bear, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for submitting your review of our restaurant following your visit to the Macdonald Bear. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it. We look forward to welcoming you back! Paola Cassotti General Manager More

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Additional Information about The Macdonald Bear Restaurant

Address: Macdonald Bear Hotel | Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1993 811124
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Woodstock
Average Prices: USD 30 - 71
Cuisine: European

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