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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, Lunch, Breakfast, 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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Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and staff

Ate here twice once in the bar as we had the dog with us but our food choices were from the Restaurant menu and on the second occasion in the. Restaurant with friends. Both times the food was very good and also the service, friendly and. Helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Lorraine W
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Benfleet, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Myself and my husband had a one night stay in Woodstock this week for a birthday treat, we called at the bear in the evening for a drink,and had 2 glasses of merlot and were charged £24.80, were not tight by any means but that is extortionate and shouldn't be allowed. I'm afraid we wont be back to visit.

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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 the Macdonald Bear Hotel following your visit. I was sorry to note that you were disappointed with our pricing. Our prices are currently set by Macdonald Hotels, however there is a review of all bar prices across the estate. Prices are continually compared to competitors to ensure... More 

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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We fancied a bite to eat just after 12 and walked straight into the bar area and ordered a steak and fish and chips. Both cooked beautiful, the steak with a reduced wine sauce as an extra worked really well and certainly worth having again. The service was quick and friendly a good spot to eat at.

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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 recent lunch at the Macdonald Bear. I am delighted that you enjoyed your meal and the team looked after you. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

Benfleet, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Ate here twice once in the bar as we had the dog with us but our food choices were from the Restaurant menu and on the second occasion in the. Restaurant with friends. Both times the food was very good and also the service, friendly and. Helpful.

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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 meals at 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 soon! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Rather dingy interior Starters were lovely mains indifferent very expensive for what we had .2 drinks were £10 Staff were very efficient and attentive Would not recommend

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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 meal with us. It was with concern that I read your review and I was sorry to learn of your disappointment. Your feedback is in no way reflective of our usual high standards and I would appreciate the opportunity of restoring your confidence in the hotel.... More 

Sawley, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

It is a beautifully appointed restaurant in this historic hotel, with the tables well spaced to enjoy one's meal. Andrew, the restaurant manager, and his staff, were extremely attentive and gave excellent first class service both at dinner and for breakfast the next morning. The meals were absolutely delicious, beautifully garnished, the main courses being served on hot plates, always... 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 of our restaurant following your meal at the Macdonald Bear. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it. We appreciate the recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

Auckland, NZ
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I had two things that I usually don't have in restaurants but these sounded delicious on the menu so I ordered them. One was the cold-smoked salmon (I prefer hot-smoked) but it was fresh and delicious - just how it should be. The other was the chicken breast, which can be easily over-cooked. However, this chicken was perfectly cooked. Highly... 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 of our restaurant following your meal at the Macdonald Bear. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it. We appreciate the recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Pretty standard gastropub bordering on bib gourmand approach, but if that's what you're after this place delivers. Inventive menu, well presented and great ingredients, this is a solid option on which to splurge out a little. Ate here 3 times, recommended throughout.

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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 meals at the Macdonald Bear. I appreciate your helpful feedback and your recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
61 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent visit. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you so well. We look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your meal. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you well and you enjoyed your meal and our wine list. I appreciate your constructive feedback and hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

Bordeaux, France
Level Contributor
44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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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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 meal at the Macdonald Bear. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it. We appreciate the recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes Paola Cassotti General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

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 29 - 69
  • 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?