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All 23 Woodstock Restaurants

The Macdonald Bear Restaurant

Macdonald Bear Hotel | Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
+44 1993 811124
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Ranked #16 of 23 Restaurants in Woodstock
Price range: $28 - $67
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
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
London
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

We booked into this charming, characterful hotel for 3 nights, including the New Years Eve celebrations and we enjoyed our stay. The party on NYE was very good, due mainly to the extremely astute and personable DJ who got it totally right; fantastic music that suited the demographic of guests, something for everyone and all managed very professionally - A1... More 

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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 the Macdonald Bear hotel following your recent stay with us to celebrate New Year's Eve. I am delighted that you had an enjoyable stay overall and you particularly enjoyed the resident DJ and the team looked after you well. I am however extremely concerned about some of the food you experienced. I... More 

Alnwick, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Having stayed at The Bear on several occasions I know the restaurant well. This visit for mid-week dinner was a vast improvement on previous meals eaten here. You will still struggle to find a hot starter other than soup of the day, but a least the terrine was room temperature and not fridge cold, and much better for it. The... More 

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

Dear Guest Thank you for submitting your review of our restaurant following your recent visit to the Macdonald Bear. I am pleased that you enjoyed your experience on this occasion. 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 

Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Great ambience, food and service. Dinner was fabulous - classic food brought into the 21st century. Breakfast was one of the best I've had for years - great ingredients perfectly prepared and presented.

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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 

Burford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
88 reviews 88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

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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 28 - 67
Cuisine: European

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