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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 #13 of 22 Restaurants in Woodstock
Price range: $31 - $74
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
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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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
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96 reviews 96 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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

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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147 reviews 147 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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, United Kingdom
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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
5 helpful votes 5 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

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