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|Address:||Bear Lane, Stadhampton, nr Oxford, Oxfordshire OX44 7UR|
|Price: £40.00||Wine: £14.50||Champagne: £39.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm-6-10pm|
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This is a venue I have frequented many times over the years as it's only a few miles up the road from me and has played host to weddings of friends, first dates(!) and cosy Sunday lunches. It's good for all 3 and more in my opinion. A less ostentatious version of it's sister venue in Beaconsfield but still a great little place.
Their Thai is very good but my rating today is based on a recent Sunday lunch, which came after a nosy around their on-site fam shop. The Sunday lunch was incredibly good value for money and I've not stopped recommending it since. The usually boring vegetables that can be served with a good roast dinner were lovingly cooked and tasted delicious! They even let me change some of the vegetables for alternatives on their side dishes menu.
The meat is all organic and reared locally (the lamb actually reared on the grounds near the farm shop!) and it's cooked to perfection. The Yorkshire puddings were just huge as well; all in all I actually struggled to finish my meal if I'm honest, I still found room for a desert though of course ;-)
I love this little venue but the only thing I would say its lacking a little of is atmosphere. It's a very small bar and eating areas so without the right cosyness it can feel a little like it's so quiet your conversations can be overheard at the next table!
Great range of drinks available at the bar too, I always indulge in some of their good quality flavoured vodkas when I visit a crazy bear and their cocktails are fantastic and as with all of their venues, the service is very very good.