28 Appleton Road, Cumnor, Oxfordshire, OX2 9QH
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28 Appleton Road, Cumnor, Oxfordshire, OX2 9QH
The Bear and Ragged Staff in Cumnor is only 5 miles from Oxford. The heart of the pub with Ancient chimneys, flagstone floors and mullioned windows with cut lintels make the bar one of the best places to be. The restaurant, center and South-confronting porch give spaces to every mood, winding stairs lead to comfortable rooms with old oak entryways and beamed roofs.
What makes a stay at The Bear & Ragged Staff unique?
The Bear & Ragged Staff is a lively, classic English inn, where you are welcome to sit and watch the world go by or read the paper while village life goes on around you. Rooms offer comfy king size beds, tea/coffee making facilities, high spec TV's and are quirky and delightful. You can guarantee a warm welcome
What style cuisine is on offer at The Bear & Ragged Staff?
A menu of freshly prepared seasonal food, achieved the 1 Rosette accolade following a recent anonymous visit by an AA Hotel & Restaurant Inspector. Demonstrating great cooking, serving food prepared with care, understanding and skill alongside good quality ingredients,showing standout food in the local area.They take huge pride in serving the best ingredients, from ethical producers,freshly prepared by the chefs.
What is the signature dish at The Bear & Ragged Staff?
They always serve the good stuff. It’s one of their most dearly-held values.Only serving what they would want to eat and drink themselves. Sourcing out the very best food and drink suppliers –ones far more used to supplying Michelin-starred restaurants(and HM The Queen)Aubrey Allen 28 day dry aged British Steak served with Red Wine, Shallot & Bone Marrow Sauce, Watercress.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at The Bear & Ragged Staff?
There are nine bedrooms – four in the converted Old Cottages (including one Twin) and five Ancient above the pub (including A Family Suite sleeping four, two Connecting Kings and two further Doubles). Due to the great age and Grade II* listing of the building for its historic significance, the rooms over the pub are quirky and delightful.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Cumnor area?
Cumnor is a village and civil parish 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west of the centre of Oxford. Offering peace and tranquility but within easy reach of many tourist attractions such as the Botanical gardens, Oxford Tours, distilleries and brewery visits, Bicester shopping village. With local team working at the pub they are on hand to offer ideas to try
The Bear & Ragged Staff also has a Restaurant:
The Bear & Ragged Staff is part of the following Inspirations based on location:
"Recently, in a rather splendid hotel restaurant in Italy, I asked for the vegetarian option. I am not a vegetarian but I rarely eat meat because my wife is, and she does the cooking at home. I’m happy to eat fish, but at this hotel fish was a €15 surcharge. What came to the table - after what I imagine was inelegant rummage in the kitchen - was a plate of sautéed peppers and mushrooms topped with a fried egg. I was disappointed. I suppose I’m used to more thought being put into vegetarian dishes, certainly in the land that invented pasta and risotto.
It wasn’t always the case in Britain. When I married my first wife (back in the 1980s) she was a vegetarian and was often given a lame salad of lettuce, cucumber and tomato as a main course while the rest of us tucked into roast beef or lamb.
By the time my second wife began eschewing meat (in the early 2000s) British restaurants had become much more veggie-friendly. I showed solidarity as far as I could by giving up meat -anything with eyelashes stays alive in our house- and I’ve come to enjoy being meat-free. But I still consume fish and seafood. These are flavours that I wouldn’t want to lose, so that means that when we go out to eat we need a restaurant that looks after vegetarians and pescatarians equally well.
Neither of us wanted to find ourselves only eating in vegetarian restaurants – there are so few around - so I’ve started drawing up a list of vegetarian-friendly restaurants near us in Oxfordshire where we live. My idea of a veggie-friendly restaurant is one where omnivores, pescatarians, vegetarians and even vegans can all eat together and not be disappointed by the choices. There are enough people in each dining camp that it’s worthwhile for restaurants to appeal to a variety of diets. I have had some great vegan dishes at restaurants that also do a splendid steak tartare. As Mrs Thatcher famously remarked all those years ago, what people want is choice.
So here are my ten top vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire. Wherever you live, I encourage you to find yours."
Information on The Bear & Ragged Staff , 28 Appleton Road , Cumnor , Cumnor
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 4 Doubles, 3 King, I Double/Twin, 1 King Family
|Room rates guide:||
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Christmas Day
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (In the bar only.)
Romantic Details: peaceful location
Wheelchair Access Details: In the bar/eatery only
Accreditation/Awards: AA Culinary Rossette
Flat-screen TV, Free Wi-Fi, Private bathroom
|Local directions:||Leave the A420 at the exit towards Abingdon/Cumnor/Wootton, then turn right onto Cumnor Hill. Turn right at the T junction onto the B4017, follow this through the village, and then take the first exit at the mini roundabout, just past the village shop. The pub will be on the right, just after the garage.|
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Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Oxford (3 miles)
London Heathrow , London Gatwick
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Thu 27 Jun 2019 – Sat 30 Nov 2019
Join us any weekday lunch and enjoy two courses for £14.50 or three for £17.50.
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