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“Sunday lunch is simply excellent value for money” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Bear

The Bear
Market Place, Wantage, England
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Ranked #14 of 42 Restaurants in Wantage
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: This is also a pub and a hotel
Letcombe Regis, OXON
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“Sunday lunch is simply excellent value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My wife and I like to go for a walk on a Sunday and Wantage market square is just the right distance, a couple of miles away so far away to enjoy the countryside before lunch, close enough to wander back from after a meal. We have tried several local restaurants but are usually disappointed with the food on offer, especially Sunday roasts. But at The Bear, the food is exceptionally good; the Sunday Road uses excellent beef that is cooked to perfection - slightly pink in the middle, little (if any) fat and simply delicious! The accompanying vegetables are freshly prepared, served in their own bowl with an excellent gravy boat. As Sunday Roasts go, this is one of the best I've had - and only £10.00! I have also tried the Venison medallions (including a little venison pie on the side that the chef made - lovely flavour) and some of the desserts, all of which have been tasty. Wantage is not exactly known for its restaurant scene, the choices are usually very cheap and cheerful or darn expensive, so it is nice to have found somewhere that really does offer a decent lunch. Good idea to book a table, the place is normally quite full, they have quite a lot of families with kids but most are well behaved, whilst for the past few times we have been there, they have had large family gatherings celebrating birthdays / anniversaries, etc. Recommended.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Wantage, United Kingdom
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21 restaurant reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Gem in the centre of town.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Made welcome on arrival, friendly, knowledgeable head waitress. Large choice on menu & extra list. Sometimes, with such a large choice, the quality suffers but certainly not the case here. Excellent food served exactly as and when requested. Made for a very enjoyable and memorable evening with friends. Gets very busy and booking is a must unless you are lucky.

Highly recommended by all of our group.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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oxford
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Very Yummy and reasonably priced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Good service and very very good pork belly!
Had a good atmosphere and we highly enjoyed it with are friends!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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“Treats at lunchtime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Have visited this restaurant several times and the food has always been excellent. The menu is very varied and they also cater for people with smaller appetites and you can get smaller portions on some of the dishes including Sunday roast.

Visited October 2012
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wantage
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Always excellent food and service. Great value. Difficult to book a table sometimes which shows it must be popular.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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