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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 #11 of 22 restaurants in Woodstock
Price range: $32 - $77
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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Atlanta
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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95 reviews 95 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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15 reviews 15 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

Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Two comments really. The first is that over supper I want to talk to the people I am dining with, in this case my husband, not the waiting staff. Being friendly and welcoming is one thing but near constant attempts to engage in conversation are another. I don't want to interrupt my conversation to discuss football (in which I have... More

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

Dear Guest I was extremely sorry to learn of your disappointment with your dinner experience at the Macdonald Bear Hotel. I would like to assure you that your experience is not at all reflective of our usual feedback and I have personally completed a retraining programme with the team so that your experience could not be repeated. I do hope... More

Brisbane
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140 reviews 140 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Very impressive food and impeccable Wait Staff. Also very affordably priced and aimed for less common meals on menu.

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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 our restaurant following your stay at the Bear. I was delighted to note that you had such an enjoyable meal - we hope to welcome you back very soon! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More

Surrey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The menus were not extensive but the food quality was excellent. Service was great, friendly staff. I liked the various combination of food on one plate.

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

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant following your recent visit. I was really pleased to learn that you had an enjoyable experience and the team looked after you well. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Warm regards Paola Cassotti General Manager More

Devizes, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I first visited The Bear in 1984 to spend my wedding night there! My next visit, in May 2014 was part of a business trip and it was just how I remembered it! It's a quaint, historic and picturesque building in a fantastic village setting especially on on a summer's evening! The menu was varied and interesting although a little... 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 submit your review of the Macdonald Bear Hotel. I was really pleased to learn of your enjoyment - especially as you spent your wedding night here 30 years ago! We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More

Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

First, we were waiting to get our starters for at least 50 min and than after asking our waiter about it, we realized that they just forgot us. Than when we finally got it, a Starter with asparagus, which is in season and should be full of flavor, was pretty tasteless. The Roasted lamb, our main course, was cold, overcooked... 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 following your visit to the restaurant at the Bear. Please be assured that all of our food is freshly prepared in house and your feedback is not at all reflective of our usual standards. Your comments have been the subject of a full review and retraining programme with our Head... More

London, UK
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Macdonal Bear Restaurant provides really good food, with excellent service but it is a little bit pricey. The food itself was great and very different, they obviously have a very talented chef. But £25 for there cheapest bottle of wine is a bit too much! Still if fancy something special and don't mind paying a bit extra then visit... 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 complete a review of our restaurant following your visit to the Macdonald Bear Hotel. I was delighted to learn of your enjoyment of the food and will be sharing your feedback with the team as I know they will be encouraged by it. Please be assured that we review our pricing... More

Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Bland, lacking in flavour, served tepid. Had expected better. Will not visit again. All of our food was served barely warm, the potato dauphinois was bland, a tiny portion and not freshly made nor individually made - a little, lukewarm, square-cut portion. We went home still hungry and made toast to fill up. Dreadful

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

Dear Guest It was with concern that I read your review of our restaurant following your visit and I was sorry to learn of your disappointment. Please be assured that your feedback is in no way reflective of our usual high standards and I would like to assure you that your comments were the subject of a team management review... More

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