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Black Bear, Moreton in Marsh

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Donnington Brewery house and when in the heart of the Cotswolds it would be rude to not go LocALE.

Carvernous lounge with multiple TVs, Decent looking food, one table free on a saturday lunch.

Whats even more astounding is the £2.70 pint of Donnington BB.


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Mappiman - 12 Feb 2017 12:30
Another Tuesday visit to MinM using my Oxfordshire Day Ranger train ticket! First stop is always The Black Bear which was busy on market day and doing a brisk food trade. Donnington beer again - perfectly drinkable and still well priced. Even though it is busy I've never had to wait for a drink and always found a seat. Landlord is an ex.Scottish footballer!
mcroyal - 5 Nov 2013 09:59
I always visit this pub when I am in Moreton and it forms part of a little pub crawl between trains! Yes,you can get better Donnington beers in other pubs but my pint was fine and at 2.50 I wasn't complaining. Many Donnington Brewery pubs are hard to get to by public transport so this one is useful as there is a reasonable train service from Oxford/Worcester and beyond. Very busy (Tuesday is market day and the main street is very lively with coach parties coming and going). The big right-hand bar does have 4 TVs but the sound was off. However,it is a bit excessive and can be distracting. The food looked substantial although I have still never eating here. Note the collection of football "rugs" on the way to the loos.
mcroyal - 27 Jul 2011 09:49
Freindly and busy with the local populous. Having tried Donnington beers at a pub nearby (The Fox Inn), we we're disapointed to find the quailty was not as good (tired) - This could be a one off.
whoosh125 - 20 May 2010 08:41
Called in for a meal whilst camping in Moreton and we were really pleased that we did. Yes, it is a bit of a sports bar on the right hand side with 3 tv's, but the Landlord is an ex Southampton player who won the FA Cup with them. There were 14 of us eating a meal and we couldn't have been better looked after, the food was good and hearty and the Donnington BB pretty tasty too. A great evening for us and well worth a visit.
imdownthepub - 2 May 2010 15:47
Should be good, but we were put off by the intimidating crowd of builders who stood by the entrance making unpleasant comments to all and sundry. Simply enough they made us feel uncormfortable and we left. The staff didn't do anything about it and clearly seem to be as intimidated by those morons as customers are. Shame on such a good company as Donnington for letting a pub of their be like this.
reynedd - 17 Aug 2009 23:43
I agree with ppw. Very friendly bar staff. Shame about the Donnington beer. Busiest pub in town in evenings.
nobbythesheep - 26 Oct 2008 20:24
Nice pub split into 2 halves. Friendly bar staff but i couldn't really rate the Donnington Ales. Nothing wrong with the way they were kept, just not to my taste. Good value for money compared to some of the other pubs in the village though.
ppw - 19 Feb 2008 14:30
Bit of a rough football pub. They've got about 5 TVs showing the footy and various nations' flags adorning the ceiling. Not the kind of place you'd expect to find in central Moreton-in-Marsh. I wasn't overly impressed with the Donnington ale either, but I think that's more to do with the style rather than the upkeep.

If you want to watch sport on TV, this is probably your best bet in town. Otherwise, there's little to like about it.
topdog_andy - 21 Jan 2008 10:07
Called in a couple of times while in Moreton for New Year, and decided to see New Year in at this pub. Great choice as we had a super time. Closed to newcomers from 10pm, then we had a bit of Karaoke and screens showing festivities from other places. Lovely friendly atmosphere and good buffet laid on at no cover charge. Staff brilliant, and we were reluctant to leave near 2am. By the way, enjoyed the Donnington Ales and the malt whisky too.
gillhalfpint - 3 Jan 2008 13:55
Traditional. Stone & timber beams.
Meals available. Reasonable price.
Cask ales : Donnington bitter (Stow)
curious collection of furniture.
Nothing outstanding here.

reynard - 15 May 2007 18:02
A very forgettable experience although the barman was a decent guy.
jorrocks - 31 Dec 2006 04:50
No, can't recommend at all. On the evening of our visit, they summarily disontinued food because they were catering for a party of 50 in the restaurant. Six people left very disappointed. Not good enough. They should plan better.

Bangladeshi restaurant over the road is excellent.
StephenS - 11 Oct 2005 01:44
The publican Jim Steele was incredibly generous.Loaned golf clubs shoes and free round at his course with complimentary beverages.Pub very friendly and clean good food.

John Thurlow - 17 Oct 2004 03:37
I've only been there once, out of interest because in the 1850s - 70s the publicans were my forebears.
Deborah Phelan - 6 Aug 2004 08:18

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