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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Trend-conscious cooking and contemporary design

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The Bear offers an appealing mixture of traditional atmosphere and contemporary design. Masses of artwork on cool green walls in the dining room, offset the roughcast stone, and forward-thinking menus offer trend-conscious British food. Create your own themed board to share with ingredients from the sea, the garden and the butchery, or opt for a starter of lime-cured trout, cucumber and chicory salad and basil tomato salsa. Then, calves’ liver, crispy pancetta, champ mash, green beans and pan jus, perhaps followed by pistachio rice pudding with honey poached pears; consider a glass of 2001 Krohn Colheita port from the Douro Valley to accompany that.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Karl Howlett

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern, Classic British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 15
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 15
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 15

Getting here

A420 to Cumnor, left at mini roundabout towards Appleton

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