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The Bear

Market Place, Wantage OX12 8AB, England
+44 1235 766366
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“beef wellington” (11 reviews)
“fish pie” (7 reviews)
“scallops” (6 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Market Place, Wantage OX12 8AB, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit for a few years with friends. The food was okay, not inspiring. The starters were good, the mains uninteresting and a scoop of ice cream was just that - no decoration. We ordered wine and the bottle was plonked on the table...More

Thank Greta T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was fine (recommend the venison roast dinner if it's available), but what particularly impressed us was the help given to the diner who is a vegan. Although the Bear doesn't have specific vegan dishes on the menu, the vegetarian option was adapted to make...More

Thank hammarskjold
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good atmosphere. Buzzing Saturday night Hotel. Selected an area away from the main eating area, which was quieter and had a window overlooking the Market Place. The menu was varied with Venison, Roast Chicken, Beef Wellington etc. Starters included Duck or all the usual ones...More

Thank jimbolynch45
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a while since I’ve eaten in the restaurant, I use the pub as my local normally but we chose here as we were celebrating a birthday. We weren’t disappointed by a long chalk. A shared starter with cheese soufflé, confit duck, ham hock terrine...More

Thank Robin C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely local hotel that does the best tasting and value for money traditional pub food in Wantage. You can get two coffees and a piece of cake for less than a fiver as well

1  Thank Ian F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were house hunting and just wanted a 'pub'/sandwich lunch with our three daughters. Our first time in Wantage and the frontage of The Bear drew our attention. The staff explained that they were expecting an imminent big party and so would we be choosing...More

Thank Wacker1973
Reviewed 11 February 2018

A party of 10 of us had lunch at The Bear Restaurant to celebrate a birthday. Everything was very good, the only quibble being the time it took to bring the main courses to everyone whilst the Beef Wellingtons cooled down. The highlight was the...More

Thank Alan P
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Lovely cozy bar area, staff are always friendly, reliable & polite. Drinks a little expensive £4.80 for a pint of premium beer in Wantage!, although I have never eaten at the Bear the food always looks good, must try it some day soon. 7.5/10

Thank adamlee2016
Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Been saving come to the Bear till a special occasion as it’s a bit pricey but really loved my birthday dinner last night. Both mine and my partner’s food was excellent and good service too. We will definitely be returning to sample some of the...More

Thank becca1801
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Lunch for four and it did not disappoint. The highlight was a super vegetarian dish of mushroom and chestnut in filo pastry with a delicious sauce. So nice (and rare) to get a truly tasty vegetarian option.

Thank Terry S
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5 March 2017|
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Response from Russell L | Reviewed this property |
They have smaller portions of some of their popular dishes inc fish and chips, steak pie, burger to name a few.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Market Place, Wantage OX12 8AB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Vale of White Horse  >  Wantage
  • Phone Number: +44 1235 766366
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