Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The ancient walls of this fine establishment must have seen a thing or two over the centuries, including the superb dishes served up today. The Bear, dating back to 1242, inherited its name from the crest of the Earl of Warwick over six centuries ago, when the successive earls would frequently visit during their journeys to and from London.
With its authentic low ceilings and oak beams, it’s a charming place to sit back with a Fuller’s beer and, in an age now dominated by technology, socialise face-to-face with a friend. Pop in on a Wednesday night to hear some of the best local musicians playing live in Oxford’s smallest venue. Try the homemade steak and ale pie with mashed potatoes and honeyed vegetables, the huge fish and chips or the selection of homemade soups. A delicious vegetarian option comes in the form of the goat’s cheese and mushroom burger.
An eye-catching collection of over 4500 sports, school and college club tie snippets, started in the 1950s by landlord Alan Course, dominates the walls and is one of many charming features to be found at The Bear Inn, which include the attractive garden. Over the years these ties have been acquired in exchange for beer – some have even been donated by the rich and famous.