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The Macdonald Bear Restaurant

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Macdonald Bear Hotel | Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
+44 1993 811124
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Dining options: Dinner, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Bear has an impressive princely past and it's a hotel steeped in the...
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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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 21
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  • 11
    Poor
  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A bit of a disappointment

This restaurant is set in a lovely olde-English building dominating Woodstock and had the added attraction of a place to park - quite difficult in Woodstock, so we opted for lunch. We had great service in a panelled sitting room where we had a drink and then went to the restaurant and ordered... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
GabrielleG70
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Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We recently visited for a friends birthday, was worried because I had heard it was overpriced, the food was fantastic and we were treated like royalty, even if it was a bit pricey I would definitely go again

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London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very good service, top draw food, good wine list..... Lovely setting, sit back, relax and enjoy...the "bar" after the meal however was not that special.....

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Bordeaux, France
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We had a family occasion and lunched here. The character of the building is untouched and has super ambiance, I have known this hotel for nearly 50 years! It is as superb as ever. The staff are excellent, attentive, knowledgeable, personable and professional. The meal was excellent value for money. The cost for 5 which included aperitifs, starters, main courses,... More 

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

On Sunday 21st June 2015 our family met at the hotel for Fathers day lunch. The surroundings are very nice and the staff pleasant and attentive, however the food was VERY POOR. Starters were very average, main course very poor - cabbage not cooked at all and not quite sure what had happened to the gravy! As for deserts, several... More 

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Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I visited the Bear Hotel yesterday and ordered a white Americano coffee for which I was charged an exorbitant £3.75. The most one should be charged for this is £2.50. Having said this the coffee and the shortbread that came with it were excellent but the price is unforgivable.

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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 visit to the Macdonald Bear Hotel. I am sorry for your disappointment with the price of coffee. I would like to assure you that our prices are reviewed regularly to ensure that they are comparable to similar standard of hotels, and we have found this to... More 

West Vancouver, Canada
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299 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We went to the Macdonald Bear Restaurant for traditional English "tea"-- served in the bar area. Quite frankly, we were looking forward to a treat but we're very disappointed. First of all the bar is not "classy" enough for this kind of meal. Secondly, the very earnest server must have been a trainee. eg- dropped spoons were not replaced, and... More 

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

Dear Guest It was with great concern that I received your review of the Macdonald Bear Hotel following your recent visit and I was extremely sorry to learn of your disappointment. I would like to assure you that your feedback is in no way reflective of our usual high standards and I have arranged for a programme of remedial training... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Scallops cooked to perfection - Well done. Service is of the highest standard and well managed. Lovely setting.

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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 meal with us. We appreciate your feedback with will be shared with the team. We hope to welcome you back soon! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

Weston-super-Mare, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My husband and I had a beautiful meal here on a saturday night. The staff was very tentative but in a relaxed and inviting way, unlike some rosette restaurants. The menu was simple but cooked to absolute perfection. It was a wonderful surprise as we did not originally plan to dine here, but ended up having one of our best... More 

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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 our restaurant following your meal at the Macdonald Bear Hotel. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

Windsor, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Having stayed at this establishment I can rate it very highly for pleasant staff and good deals. The menu is quite comprehensive and on our second night we were given a special dinner menu which allowed us more choice. The food was appetising but I would say the staff in the kitchen were heavy on the salt seasoning. I would... 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 your experience following your stay at the Macdonald Bear Hotel. I appreciate the helpful details you provided. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This restaurant is set in a lovely olde-English building dominating Woodstock and had the added attraction of a place to park - quite difficult in Woodstock, so we opted for lunch. We had great service in a panelled sitting room where we had a drink and then went to the restaurant and ordered pork. This meal turned out to consist... 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 following your recent meal at the Macdonald Bear Hotel. I am glad that you were pleased with the service you received, however I was sorry to learn that you found the food portions too small. Please be assured that I will review this with our Head Chef so that your disappointment could not... 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 - 70
Cuisine: European

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Macdonald Bear Hotel | Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Woodstock
  • Phone Number: +44 1993 811124

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 70
  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions

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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