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The Bear Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
6 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH, England
+44 1865 728164
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“scotch egg” (7 reviews)
“pork pie” (4 reviews)
“burger” (21 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
6 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the oldest pubs in Oxford, dating back to 1242! They serve some standard tap beers, and you can sit both inside and outside.

Thank Hans Christian T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So tired of upscale so did the pub scene. Plus this is historic. Fun and very historic including short ceilings. The burger was nice and that is what you do in a pub. Service was good and a refreshing change of pace.

Thank Buzzard100
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a table for 2 here on Saturday night. On arrival, the pub is tiny yet full of character. We first ordered drinks which took 3 attempts at explaining (Malibu and coke and a pint of diet coke). My wife and I ordered our...More

Thank n0rtherndan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many years ago I did an amazing pub crawl of Oxford. The last pub on the crawl was the Bear. And yes I left a part of my tie there and I actually located it this time fixed to the ceiling. What fun. It's still...More

Thank 900Lancasterfamily
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really worth a visit - very friendly staff. We had bar snacks as we had already eaten, but the Ploughmans lunch look ed excellent and was very popular. Really good selection of beers. I had a hot apple drink which you could add your favourite...More

Thank Helenpatelson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting old building and the beer and food are OK, but a pub sadly let down by its staff. Tried returning one of my University haunts of many years ago to find the small main bar dominated by an elderly drunk who spent his whole...More

Thank EF13Nick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved this quaint little old pub. Locals were sitting at the bar having a chat and a pint or two. It had a lovely cosy atmosphere.

Thank Jedlynny
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh boy. Where do I start? What a quaint little pub, over 800 years old. The bar person was so friendly and greeted us like long lost friends. She let us sample the beers and went to the chef and said they had to be...More

Thank Ramboclockdoc
Reviewed May 12, 2018

Stumbled upon this pub while exploring Oxford. It's tiny and the ceiling is really low. Will visit again in July when I'm back in Oxford. Great beers. Did not try the food. Definitely a pub you have to visit when in Oxford.

Thank Sunshine4me2014
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2018

Thanks for your review. We look forward to seeing you back in July.

Reviewed May 4, 2018

Lovely, very small old pub in the centre of Oxford, if you want to eat I recommend booking a table. We went on a Monday night in the easter school holidays and it was busy. Food was good and they had local beer which is...More

Thank joanne977
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2018

Hi Joanne, Thank you for posting a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Eugenia G
June 16, 2018|
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Response from James V | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes, we do. Kind regards, The Bear
March 21, 2018|
Response from James V | Property representative |
I'm afraid not. There is parking in the adjacent 'King Edward Street' and 'Merton Street' which costs £5 for 2 hours during the day but only £3 for all night after 5.31pm.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 728164
  • E-mail
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.
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