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Christmas menu (Christmas Day booking available). See website for details.Oldest pub in Oxford; tiny; collection of ties on the wall; outdoor seating. Dogs welcome outdoors when not serving food.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12noon-10.30pm . Regular Tuesday quiz.
Real Fire, Real Ales, Children welcome & Food served
6 Alfred Street
Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12noon-10.30pm
Telephone: 01865 728164
Coming soon to The Bear Inn (Alfred St):
Bear Pub Quiz Tue, 23rd December 2014: 9pm (runs until Tue, 31st March)
"I'm pleased to report that the quiz nights have resumed and are good entertainment, though it might help to be an expert on Greek...read more
Nick Brakspear Wed, 28th January 2015: 9pm (runs until Wed, 4th March)
Nicki Petherick Wed, 25th February 2015: 9pm
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Reviews of The Bear Inn (Alfred St)
Sadly, lunch here qualifies as my worst dining experience for some time. I took my parents along and we chose from their barbecue menu, my mother going for the ribs and me and my father the chicken burger. All three dishes were dry and overcooked. The accompanying cous cous was bland and soggy. The three dishes were fairly pricy (around £13 each). Rather than complain and risk being served replacement dishes, we fled without finishing. We won’t be going back.
Dr Mukti (DI User), 29/05/12
Had a very good time in this pub. Food is good and quiz atmosphere was friendly.
I would really recommend this place.
Vincent31 (DI User), 13/02/12
Excellent hidden gem - six Real Ales (Fullers + 1 guest) and a real coal fire in each bar. Great spot for lunch on a cold January day!
Redkite (Unverified), 27/01/10
Stopped by during a visit/tour to Oxford when our daughters' high school band marched in London's New Year's Parade. Once our tour guide let us go off on our own for shopping, I found The Bear just down from High Street.
It being a school function, and I with young girls in tow, couldn't enjoy a pint, but I did really love the chicken and corn pie. The girls got fish and chips, the wife had a pea soup, and we all stuffed our bellies.
PhantomCruiser (Unverified), 05/01/10
Quiz review: Mondays, 8.30pm, free.
This one gets pretty cramped, and while I applaud the introduction of a non-smoking section in spite of my filthy habit, I’m not sure this place can support two separate areas – the current system seems to result in 44 desperate addicts crammed into 5 and a half square feet whilst a small group of the fresh-faced and fragrant lounge comfortably just through the doorway with a chair for each limb. But this is probably what we deserve. Anyway… this is another intelligent quiz, frequented by loudly self-satisfied youngsters who are just at that age where you imagine that the rest of the pub will find your conversation more fascinating than their own, and adjust your volume accordingly. I say this indulgently; I’ve been there. Expect to mark accurate answers adorned with inaccurate depictions of genitalia.
Susie Cogan (DI Staff), 08/06/06
Far and away the best kept secret in town. A fantastic pub. Good staff, good variety of beers and mad, but friendly, locals.
Craig S (Unverified), 30/05/06
Previously at The Bear Inn (Alfred St)
Gypsy Fire May 2014
These guys were awesome when I saw them a few months ago at the OFS! Specially the violinist. Fast, furious and emotionally-powerful ...read more
The Bear Quiz Night May 2014
This one gets pretty cramped, and while I applaud the introduction of a non-smoking section in spite of my filthy habit, I’m not ...read more