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Bear Inn, North Moreton

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Used to use this place regularly, but have to say quality of guest ales has slipped a bit-hope it's a blip 'cos it's a nice pub
pubtrawler - 2 Sep 2014 07:55
Everything a country pub should be - a spectacular selection of ales, terrific, home made food, a shaggy retriever lying across the welcome mat and genuine olde worlde decor. The only pity is having to drive there, leaving me unable to partake of the alcohol. Good service rounds things off and it's a real find - Didcot really is a hellhole leavened by satellite pubs of top quality.
BoehmBawerk - 5 Aug 2013 14:29
Just won CAMRA pub of the year again- a very consistent pub which is a rarity these days
pubtrawler - 19 Mar 2013 08:46
Decent enough boozer but def could do with some tlc - bar area needs freshening up & lots of the furniture should have a health hazard symbol on it.
On plus side food was decent and the TTLandlord was superb!

As others have said gives impression that its 'coasting'
downsview - 12 Nov 2012 13:46
Perhap I should declare an interest and say the landlord is my second cousin. I made my first visit while the pubs beer and cricket festival was on in July .

This was the best run pub festival I have ever been to. Great beer and food and some excellent cricket. What more does one want.
Huey - 26 Sep 2012 17:56
I think it's all about expectation- as a past winner of best pub in Oxfordshire and more recently South Oxon, you are likely to be a more critical visitor. Always enjoy our visit to The Bear....
pubtrawler - 19 Feb 2012 11:08
Just ever so slightly disappointed, given how good it's supposed to be. I wonder if its "fame" is strangling it. The food (Sunday lunch) was okay, but nothing spectacular: I know at least one pub serving Sunday lunch at the same price but its food is far better. The beer was good and sensibly-priced. But the whole experience felt a little clinical, a bit too "pile 'em in and get 'em done". It's no longer a country pub really, it seems it's a bit of a "machine" now. I can understand why: it's the price of succes, but is it worth paying that price?
sew - 23 Jan 2012 16:05
just been voted CAMRA pub of the year for this area, and I can see why- lovely feel to it, and beautiful pint of Brewers Dark last night
pubtrawler - 14 May 2011 09:11
A pretty good pub, but there's better options in the wider south Oxfordshire area. North Moreton is a tiny village, so the place is usually full of people that have travelled from Didcot / Wallingford to eat the slightly-above-average grub. There's still room for everyone, but you can't help but think that drinkers come a distant second to diners here.
plymouthpirate - 11 Jul 2010 11:39
Mixed feelings about this pub. The staff/owners are really friendly and helpful. The food is a bit bland but generally above average. The surroundings are comfortable and the overall quality of the Bear at Home higher than the great majority of pubs in this immediate area. On all these criteria, a rating of maybe 7 or 8 would be reasonable. However, I've occasionally found the other people using the Bear spoiled my evening e.g. when someone collapsed in a drunken stupor at the bar, and on another occasion when someone thought it was amusing to rip my newspaper out of my hands as I sat minding my own business relaxing with a beer after a long working day. I COULD have been unlucky but after 3 such instances, I'm a bit tentative about recommending this pub wholeheartedly
Arctium_lappa - 17 Aug 2009 19:05
One of the best pubs in the area.
mafting - 23 Apr 2009 23:27
Excellent pub. Food reasonably priced as is the wine. That means a couple of sandwiches/baguettes and chips and a bottle of wine for 25. Not bad for nowadays. We used the area to the left as you walk in, there are some sofas where they are happy to serve food if there is a lack of tables. Have now been several times.
Warren_Luddle - 28 Mar 2009 16:15
Got to be one of the best pubs in Oxfordshire. Great beer and fab location - feeding out onto the village recreation ground. Good pub grub and nice to see the effort returned to the communuity by the family that run the place. A real return to the traditional pub - no wonder it's popular!
jamesstatton - 27 Oct 2008 10:59
Further to my earlier post, I have now eaten at The Bear, and thoroughly enjoyable it was too. The Beer choice & quality is still very good, and we had a top evening
pubtrawler - 9 Oct 2008 13:59
A pretty good pub, although as noted elsewhere you'll be drinking alongside foodies and sometimes younger children, which can be off-putting at some points.

Ale range was fairly good (I remember four: TT Landlord, Brains SA Gold, Goffs Jouster and a Butlers), served well.

Open gallery above the bar gave the place a bit of uniqueness it would have lacked otherwise. I recall a TV with the rugby on (c'mon Wales!).

Not bad at all, worth seeking out. Not quite in the same league as the Bell further south in Aldworth (but very few pubs are!) but certainly worthy of attention.
Quinno - 24 Aug 2008 22:39
Nice place, went there last week, good local beers, nice chap 'Tim' and intereting locals.
cask_king - 15 May 2008 16:04
Definitely geared towards food and packed as a result - I'm not sure how people who just wanted a drink would feel. My steak baguette was the best I've ever had. There was a variety of local real ales. Mine was fine but nothing special. Note the open gallery above the bar - a unique feature in pubs.
simontheeditor - 24 Jan 2008 19:26
Great selection of local beers and the odd one like Timothy Taylors and Growler from further afield. Ribeye steak was good value and delicious and the Thursday night curry with a pint is good value at 6.95. Highly recommended.
HappyHippo - 24 Jul 2007 08:58
Great village pub-recently voted PotY by local CAMRA branch.Apparently the food is good too- well worth a visit
pubtrawler - 23 May 2007 16:29
went there twice recently, lovely place with friendly staff (including the pub dog), good selection of beers and good food. Shame they put gravel outside so the beergarden isn't that nice. However access to a playing field so if you're with kids that's a bonus
anonymous - 20 Apr 2007 20:55
This is my local so i'm going to be a bit biased but this pub is great. Since being taken over by Tim it has gone from strength to strength and caters for every taste. Really friendly atmosphere, good food and great beer.
James.price87 - 12 Oct 2006 19:30
I only ever visid this pub once. It was late sunday evening and was a little quieter. It was so lovely and relaxing,and the dog-molly wondering around the place. Kids are allowed to run freely, so best to go in when they 're at home.

Really loved the pub, worth a visit.
bker5 - 24 May 2006 12:26
Called in on a Saturday lunchtime after a break of many years. Not the village local I remember, of course.

Severely, and pretentiously, food orientated, and full of pretentious 4x4 type families with screaming babies and kids running around out of control. However you don't feel too out of place just having a drink of the nice range of beers, although I suspect the sight of even an unlit fag would cause flamboyant arm waving and coughing fits all round.

It might well be alright after about 10PM when all the foodies have gone home to bed.
nickdavies - 13 Mar 2006 13:28

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