Bear and Ragged Staff

Bear and Ragged Staff


0.5 miles
Cumnor, OX2 9QH

Jeremy du Plessis has an enviable track record when it comes to food and hospitality. His career has comprised time spent at Michelin-starred establishments, along with world-renowned hotels such as The Savoy Group and The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. When it came to finding the perfect head chef, Jeremy searched for two years before offering the role to Flavien Chollet, a young Frenchman with a mature head on his shoulders. Having previously worked at Hartwell House, an elegant English Heritage country house with four AA red stars and a restaurant that holds three AA rosettes, Flavien was ready for his first head chef role and had the perfect experience to work alongside Jeremy at the Bear & Ragged Staff. Flavien has previously worked at three other AA-rosette-awarded establishments and is sure to help build the already outstanding reputation Jeremy and his team have built over the years.

Immediately struck by Flavien’s calm demeanour and his impressive background, Jeremy was pleased to unite the front-of-house and kitchen team on a shared ethos. The strong new team prides itself on offering an unrivalled product: nine beautiful bedrooms, top-notch food and excellent service. The menu is presented in a wholly honest and unpretentious manner. By Jeremy’s own admittance, the Bear & Ragged Staff is not trying to be trendy or super sophisticated, opting instead to focus on producing great dishes that reflect Flavien’s passion for provenance, using only the freshest local produce that is available seasonally. It’s obviously a concept that resonates with the people of Oxfordshire, as the team here has a loyal local following – along with plenty of critical recognition, including a coveted AA rosette.

Typical menu dishes comprise starters such as chicken ballotine served with caramelised onion chutney and toasted sourdough, and orzo pasta with peas, mint, pine nut and herb pesto, and shaved pecorino. For a delectable main course, why not plump for pan-fried duck breast with sweet potato Dauphinoise, broccoli and cherry jus? There is also a selection of fantastic antipasti and charcuterie boards designed for sharing. The seafood board comes highly recommended indeed.

Besides the warm welcome and exceptional food, the Bear & Ragged Staff offers accommodation for those looking to escape everyday life for a while. Explore the relaxed pace of the village of Cumnor, where leafy thickets border cricket clubs and commons – all just on the doorstep of Oxford.

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Every Day
Food Served Times:
Mon:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Tues:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Weds:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Thurs:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm
Fri:noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm

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