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Serving Oxford since 1242, we at The Bear Inn know what’s important: delicious food, a fantastic selection of real ales, and a warm welcome to locals and tourists alike. Seating just two dozen inside - but many more in our heated garden - we’re a small but mighty institution.
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
I was in Oxford in September, and spent a lovely afternoon and evening here, meeting a friend for drinks. Obviously the interior is off limits to drinkers, but The Bear has dealt with that by creating a great space outside in Blue Boar Lane. Sitting...in the evening sun, drinking excellent beer (Hophead and Pride on this occasion) on a quiet lane surrounded by the beauty of Oxford, it was the best evening out I’ve had in a long time. I don’t doubt that when it gets colder, they’ll make it wonderfully cosy. I hope to be back soon!More
What a great find and a great pub.
Strange times during Covid panic but this place has done a cracking job.
Busy Saturday afternoon but plenty of friendly and helpful staff . Something that most of Oxford could do with learning.
Lovely outside seating ,...all safe and sound.
Went back the next day for food this time .
Just some nibbles again was excellent.
Well done all concerned. Just aceMore
I look in at The Bear whenever I'm in Oxford - good staff, good drinks and good food (at very fair prices) in a handy location just off the High Street.
The garden area on Blue Boar Street (a quiet lane) is a delight -...you can find the right spot for any mood, and there are huge umbrellas to handle any weather.
I've been there time and over, and it never lets you down - it's characterful, intimate and clean.
I served my time as an undergraduate just down the road, more than 50 years ago, and I'm reasonably familiar with the Oxford pubs. The Bear Inn - it's been there for about 750 years - is top of the list.
Second after The Bear is The King's Arms, by the New Bodleian library, but that's only the silver medal! And The Bear knocks The Turf (scruffy) into a cocked hat!More
This is an iconic pub discovered from a guide to Oxford. It was excellent with a good range of beers including local brews. We ordered a Cottage Pie and a Shepherds Pie and both were served quickly and hot. It was crowded but this just...added to the atmosphere. I had my leg in a brace and people, mainly students, were very kind and considerate. A really good place to spend an evening but you might need to share a table with others.More
We stopped here for a coffee during our short visit because we wanted to experience one of the oldest pubs in Oxford. The pub is adorable. We were hoping to get a better look at the neckties and see who had been there but they...are all in frames and are nearly impossible to see unless you are lucky enough to get a table right next to them. It was well worth going there though.More