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The Bear Inn

££ - £££, British,
6 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH, England
+44 1865 728164
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good39%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (23 reviews)
“pork pie” (4 reviews)
“scotch egg” (7 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
££ - £££
6 Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH, England
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Reviewed today 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

Thank SandJA_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Matt T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank JohnoGolfer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fullers need to sort their act out. Website clearly shows a full menu including Sunday Roast- they don’t do roasts anymore sadly.More

Thank SmithWind
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Sarah, Thank you for posting your review. I'm afraid somebody jumped the gun on our website and published our Autumn / winter menus early. We will be doing our full Sunday Roast alongside our homemade pies menu from next Sunday. Sorry to have disappointed...More

Reviewed 9 October 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

Thank luvaspina
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 6 October 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

1  Thank staycationer2013
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 27 September 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!

Thank Mary P
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

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

Reviewed 19 September 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!

Thank sarahjanecreations1
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

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

Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

If you’re looking for a traditional English pub you can’t go past the Bear. We came across this great pub by accident...but what a find. Hidden in a backstreet away from the main tourist track. Low ceilings, beams, creaky floorboards,small rooms and so much atmosphere!!...More

Thank Lovetotravel2990
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Please come again.

Reviewed 12 September 2018

Quaint and cute pub in the campus. It was a little hard to find but definitely worth it. There were a lot of locals inside. The food was good, not amazing. Would definitely recommend, worth a visit for lunch or a drink.

1  Thank Irene K
James V, General Manager at The Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you for hunting us out.

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Questions & Answers
Eugenia G
16 June 2018|
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Response from jamesv331 | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes, we do. Kind regards, The Bear
21 March 2018|
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
  • 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
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
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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