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The Bear Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
6 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH, England
+44 1865 728164
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Overview
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“pork pie” (4 reviews)
“burger” (23 reviews)
“scotch egg” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
6 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH, England
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1 - 10 of 353 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We booked for a table of 6 in October for the work Christmas Lunch on Friday 07/12/2018., after confirming the detail via phone the day before. When we arrived at the pub, we were disappointed to find that there was not a table set up...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Steve B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fantastic character, brilliant atmosphere, great selection of real ales,well kept, gets very busy at times,but well worth the visit.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Dave B
jamesv331, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review. Its great when the work we do lives up to the quality of the building. Hope to see you again.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to the Bear Inn for dinner (good burgers and fries, typical pub food and of course good beer!). It's said to be the oldest in Oxford, operating since the 1200s, which gives it extra charm and history. Conveniently located near Christ Church College...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MarmeladeGypsy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited this pub over many years and again last night. It is a series of small spaces so don’t be put off if the doorway and area in front if bar looks packed - you can move beyond this once served. Good local...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SandJA_11
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Come here now and then when in town and it's a nice enough place. Very old fashioned which I like. Nice outside area and the staff are always pleasant enough. I have eaten here once and I wasn't that impressed with the food, this was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Matt T
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

This is reputedly the oldest pub in Oxford. It’s a lovely quaint tiny pub and it’s a bit of a squeeze when busy but the staff are really friendly and helpful. Definitely worth a stop for a drink or two

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JohnoGolfer
Reviewed October 9, 2018

And I had a lovely GF hamburger and bear! Thank you! My friends were also very happy with the food, pub style but good quality

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank luvaspina
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2018

Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Our Pie menu is now on if you fancy coming back.

Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

Decent old world boozer, steeped in history, well run by a friendly landlord. Nice collection of snippets of ties swapped for a pint over the years. Pub is tiny, but there is a terrace which is a bit set back from the pub but which...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank staycationer2013
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2018

Thank you for your kind review. Must have caught me on a good day.

Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

and great food, with cheery service ! The fish cakes were excellent; hot, fresh and not oily accompanied by a fresh and crisp salad, just what we needed! Richard, the bar tender, was extremely friendly and welcoming. Would definitely go back and highly recommend!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mary P
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Thank you for your kind review. Its always great to hear people have enjoyed their visit.

Reviewed September 18, 2018

This is my favourite pub in Oxford, its a well run old fashioned local slightly off the beaten track. The staff are very friendly and the locals are always chatty. A must if you are ever in the city!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank sarahjanecreations1
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Thank you for reviewing us. Its always welcome to know that things are right.

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Eugenia G
June 16, 2018|
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Response from jamesv331 | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes, we do. Kind regards, The Bear
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CillaStaffordshire
March 21, 2018|
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Response from jamesv331 | 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Meals
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
Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
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
Description
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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