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The Macdonald Bear Restaurant

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Macdonald Bear Hotel | Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
+44 1993 811124
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a really lovely afternoon tea with the girls here yesterday. Most of the party were late but the staff were so accommodating which was great The food, champagne and tea lists were amazing and we were snuggled round the warm open fire Amazing afternoon

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for submitting your review of our restaurant following your afternoon tea experience at the Macdonald Bear. I am delighted that the team looked after you so well. It is lovely to receive feedback of this nature and the team are always encouraged by it. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes Chris Rafe General... More 

Pembroke, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our room here was lovely. We called into the hotel to check availability and were given the rates. We booked through an online website and had it cheaper. However when we checked in we found that we had been up graded. I have to confess that did not make any sense to us. We ate in the restaurant and although... More 

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent stay. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you well and appreciate your helpful feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon! Warm regards Chris Rafe General Manager More 

Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in this hotel three nights and highly recommend it. The room was very clean and spacious (#3) with parking outside. The staff were helpful and very pleasant. The room has been recently renovated and has a fresh look with leather headboard and tones of cream and aubergine with velvet upholstery and fawn carpet. The bathroom is very almond... More 

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent stay. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you well and you enjoyed the decor and service from the team. We look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards Chris Rafe General Manager More 

Solihull
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121 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the hotel again as we enjoyed it so much previously and decided to try Sunday lunch. We both chose the roast beef and it was superb, accompanied by a great selection of vegetables & roast potatoes. Although pretty full we had desert which was very good too. It's a lovely restaurant with lots of old world charm.... More 

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent meal. I was really pleased to learn that you enjoyed your Sunday lunch experience. We look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards Chris Rafe General Manager More 

Wallingford
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We returned to the Bear to enjoy a night away and had the most wonderful time - the staff are excellent - warm friendly and natural - the Bar supper delicious and breakfast was perfect - this is a quality retreat in a lovely place to visit

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent stayl. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you well and you enjoyed your meals with us. We look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards Chris Rafe General Manager More 

Windsor, United Kingdom
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248 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

We wanted to introduce a french visitor to a traditional afternoon tea and The Bear was the perfect choice. Afternoon tea is £18.50 per head and the quality was exceptional. When we visit again we might share one tea between 2 as it was copious, however we took our scones home with us and I would not want to share... More 

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review of the Macdonald Bear Hotel following your recent visit for afternoon tea. I was really pleased to learn of your enjoyment with the service and food you experienced from our catering team. I have shared your feedback with both our Head Chef and Restaurant Manager who were extremely encouraged by your kind words.... More 

Northampton, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

What a great buzzy restaurant and bar. We dropped in for a glass of wine at lunch time and booked for an evening meal. The food was fab and service outstanding, you really were made to feel special. We ordered a chicken and ham pie with garlic mash, At £16.00 I did think a little steep however, I have never... More 

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent meal. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you well and you enjoyed your dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards Chris Rafe General Manager More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

We called at Woodstock looking for a very nice meal after an awful day. The Bear delivered. We had a beautiful crab starter. My daughter then enjoyed the ox cheek open lasagne. But the star has to be the desert. Chocolate orange fondant cooked to order superb. So was the raspberry desert. Driving so only had water but daughter had... More 

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent meal with your daughter. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you well and you enjoyed your dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards Chris Rafe General Manager More 

Dunstable, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Enjoyed a Mini-Moon here after our Wedding. Beautiful hotel suite, lovely staff. Very picturesque with fine dining. Lovely breakfasts to set us up for the day ahead. Next to Blenheim Palace - a must see!

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent mini-moon with us. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you well and you enjoyed your suite and meals. We look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards Chris Rafe General Manager More 

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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Step back in time to this traditionally set coaching inn in the historic Woodstock. Walking distance to Blenheim Palace and a wide selection of pubs and restaurants it's a great base. Good buffet continental breakfast and full English options. Dog-friendly , they even provide a sleeping basket.

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Chris R, General Manager at The Macdonald Bear Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent visit. I was really pleased to learn that the team looked after you well and you enjoyed your breakfast experience. We look forward to welcoming you back! Warm regards Chris Rafe General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$24 - $57
Cuisine
British, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Macdonald Bear Hotel | Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Woodstock
  • Phone Number: +44 1993 811124
Description
The Bear has an impressive princely past and it's a hotel steeped in the tradition of the area. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor started their love affair and at the height of their passion, played out much of the drama at The Bear. As you would expect, traditional is the order of the day and exposed beams, fireplaces and antiques create the perfect setting for business or a romantic lunch or dinner.
What's cooking?
Anything from warm apple crustade with Anglaise sauce and noisettes of lamb with grilled vegetable gateaux and a rosemary jus, to smoked salmon and fennel soup and baked cod fillet with a tomato compote and broccoli hollandaise.

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