Harden's survey result
This lavish and wackily decorated converted country pub has been a feature of the area south of Oxford for over 25 years, and offers the option of either English or Thai dining (in separate dining rooms). Reports were quite limited in number last year, but praise “brilliant” results in either location, and also the bar and casual restaurant attached to their farm shop.
This lavish and wackily decorated converted country pub has been a feature of the area south of Oxford for over 25 years, and offers the option of either English or Thai dining (in separate dining rooms). Reports were quite limited in number this year, but praise “brilliant” results in either location, and also the bar and casual restaurant attached to their farm shop.
Funky decor is part of the offbeat package that originally won a name for this rural inn of over 25 years’ standing, which has both English and Thai restaurants under the same roof. Feedback was much more consistent this year regarding the cooking and also the “very friendly service”.
Reports have been perennially up-and-down in recent years at this rural Anglo-Thai (each cuisine gets a dining room) and it continues to split opinion; fans hail its “reliably delicious” cooking, and the respectively “wonderfully over-the-top” (restaurant) or “quirky” (bar) decor, while critics feel the “OK but not spectacular” food comes at a cost that’s “rather steep”.
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The Crazy Bear Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Over priced and bizarre menu On the surface a quirky individual venue with personality, underneath you have a venue with the most incomprehensible menu I have ever seen in my nearly 1500 reviews on trip advisor and elsewhere. Its very confusing, aimed at trying to persuade you to order, I suspect, way beyond your physical capacity. Some dishes were exceptional, like the octopus, others more confused, like squid with hummus and nuts, very weird! Overall well cooked and presented food that makes no concessions to price. Its a good meal with slow service, but it partly reflected the fact it took over 20 minutes to decipher the menu complexities and order. Its a pricey experience, it reflects 1-2 michelin prices but its not there in quality. Good luck with negotiating the journey from car park to restaurant, lots of ways to go, many with no human contact. Signs would help!! Nice food, mostly, not really worth the cost, be very cautious of "extras". The BOTTLED water IS VERY EXPENSIVE! Toilets are very small, no social distancing possible. Overall too much fluff (decor etc) not enough substance. Its Thai restaurant is better. Worth examinig the menu before you go to decipher it, its too large for the size of the venue, better to concentrate on better food less choice."
"A meal with family. We arrived at this interesting venue, were surprised at how hard it was to find the restaurant. We arrived early enough to sit in the garden for a pre meal drink, sadly the uninterested waiter ignored us, more fixated upon clearing non existent glasses on the mainly empty tables. On entering the reprovided Thai restaurant, as the original one is too small for social distancing we were greeted by a very engaged waiter who provided a very attentive but not intrusive service. We had the classic twelve dish sharing menu, a superb selection of traditional dishes, well presented and flavoured.the service was timely without being rushed and the food reflected the cuisine, one I am very used to, without being “touristy”. Well worth the trip to experience the restaurant The venue is clean and beautifully presented. Toilets small but functional"
|Wine per bottle||£29.50|
Bear Ln, Stadhampton, OX44 7UR
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||7 am‑10 pm|
|Tuesday||7 am‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||7 am‑10 pm|
|Thursday||7 am‑10 pm|
|Friday||7 am‑10 pm|
|Saturday||7 am‑10 pm|
|Sunday||7 am‑10 pm|