Bear

Delightful pub with two cosy character rooms, six real ales and well liked bar food

Features

Speciality beers
Cask ales
Live Entertainment
Sandwiches
  • Sandwiches sold

Bar food times: 12-4, 5-9; 12-9 Fri, Sat; 12-6 Sun (barbecue 6-9 in summer)

Typical main dish: beer-battered haddock and chips

Typical main dish price: £14.75

Average two course evening meal price: £19.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales

Price of cheapest bitter: £4.50

Name of cheapest bitter: Fullers

  • Live music

Child restrictions: Children welcome but no pushchairs inside

  • Dogs allowed in the bar

The good pub guide review

Dating from 1242, this city-centre Fullers pub is the oldest drinking house in the city, which means it has a lot of charm and character. The two small bar rooms are beamed and partly panelled with thousands of vintage ties on the walls, a winter coal fire and a chatty, bustling atmosphere. Friendly, helpful staff serve up to six real ales on handpump from a fine pewter bar counter: Fullers ESB, London Pride, Gales ESB, Shotover Scholar and a couple of changing guests. Staff are friendly and helpful; board games, sports TV, live music. A large terraced back garden has seats under parasols; the hold barbecues in summer.

The good pub guide food review

Bar food includes sandwiches, duck liver pâté with caramelised onion jam, black pudding hash and fried egg, burger (beef or vegan) with triple-cooked chips, butternut squash and sweet potato tagine with apricot and toasted almond couscous, tomato, sweet potato, chickpea and kidney bean ragoût, toulouse sausage, flageolet bean and smoked bacon casserole, rump steak with mushroom, tomato and chips, lamb shoulder shepherd's pie with red wine gravy, and puddings such as chocolate brownie with buffalo milk ice-cream and molasses, date and hops sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice-cream.

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Contact Details

Bear, 6 Alfred Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4EH

(01865) 728164

Pub Group: Fullers

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11; 11-midnight Fri

Saturday: 11-midnight Fri

Sunday: 11.30-10.30