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The Old Bear Restaurant

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14 Upper High Street, Taunton TA1 3PZ, England
01823-33-17-77
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 58
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
17th birthday celebration

Party of 6 arrived for Sunday lunch and as expected had a great time. Very welcoming hosts, delicious food and drink, attentive staff -nothing was too much trouble including bringing a birthday cake to the table and singing This was our 3rd visit - all for special occasions - and we would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Janice B
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Hemyock, United Kingdom
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Hemyock, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Party of 6 arrived for Sunday lunch and as expected had a great time. Very welcoming hosts, delicious food and drink, attentive staff -nothing was too much trouble including bringing a birthday cake to the table and singing This was our 3rd visit - all for special occasions - and we would highly recommend

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was with a little uncertainty I booked 25 people for a meal at a place I had never been to before! However on the cold wet Tuesday night we opened the door to a warm stylish restaurant with attentive efficient staff that made us feel welcome. I can report that everyone liked their food options and the choice of... More 

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Thank MikeTheWhistle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant last night and I would highly recommend it. Service was welcoming, attentive and friendly without being overbearing. We were greeted warmly when we arrived and invited to sit down with a drink and warm up by the fire. Staff gave us time to review the menus in peace but were easily accessible... More 

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Thank Amy D
Taunton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Three years ago we wrote a nice review for The Old Bear and after several more visits as a couple or with our friends, would like to say nothing has changed. It remains our favourite Somerset restaurant and we thoroughly recommend the very welcoming, warm and friendly staff. We shall be returning very soon because the food is always well... More 

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Thank Geoff_Pearson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Absolutely amazing food in lovely surroundings. Would definitely go back again. All the food was freshly cooked, and a good range of options. Make sure you leave room for three courses, as dessert was too good to miss as well!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We were Well looked after, 5 other tables in the room, simple classic menu served with veg as sides included as the meal, no extra order required charming spot great for a special occasion.

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Thank drew919
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Visited here after hearing some great things and we were not disappointed, lovely people in a homely warm restaurant, the food was fantastic and we will be returning

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Thank Sammys98
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Nothing exciting or different, just good plain cooking. The interior looks a little dated but this is compensated by the excellent service. Whilst the food is very good, the presentation is nothing to write home about.

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Thank Michael H
Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A restaurant in a double fronted older property which is not a chain. The experience is like having dinner in a very nice home. The food is very well cooked and tasty. We went as a couple and had sea bass (nicely cooked in butter & lemon) and Duck (which came in a lovely gravy). Would recommend for a very... More 

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Thank Tam M
Wellington, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

2nd visit this year. Great food again with a nice cosy welcoming atmosphere, nothing flashy about this place you just get really good food in nice relaxing surroundings

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14 Upper High Street, Taunton TA1 3PZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Taunton
  • Phone Number: 01823-33-17-77

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

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