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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
All day dining
Wines by the glass

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
  • Dinner served until: 10
  • All day dining


  • Chef(s): James Durrant

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern, Classic British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines over £30: 30
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Starter from: £6
  • Main course from13.50
  • Dessert from: £6.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £13.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £15.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 90
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

A420 to Cumnor, left at mini roundabout towards Appleton.

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