The Bear Inn

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The Bear InnThe Bear Inn

Type: Bar, Eatery

6 Alfred Street
Oxford, England, OX1 4EH
United Kingdom

+44 1865 728164 | map

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Reviews by HardTarget:
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3.7/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Reportedly one of the oldest pubs in the town, founded in 1242, but supposedly there is an even older one nearby. Tiny place, lots of charm, 2-3 real ales served a touch warm for the hot day (no, I'm not saying they weren't Bud cold, they were a bit above cellar temp). They have an impressive collection of cut ties, so you may (or may not) want to wear a brash tie to the place. Service was just fine, friendly and efficient. Worth a stop since you'll probably be down in this area checking all the sights anyway.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.33/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First time in Oxford. First Pub we went to as well.

This is how I pictured Pubs in the UK. Small, short ceilings, lots of wood, and great beer.

Had my first Fullers London Pride here. Good beer.

What my wife and I really enjoyed were all the Tye's that were displayed on almost every wall. A right of passage to have your Tye end cut off and placed on the wall.

Great experience. Just beware that this Pub maybe holds 3 dozen people at a time.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

A Fuller's owned establishment.

Yet another packed pub on our 23rd Nov 2013 Oxford Pub Crawl. We managed to squeeze into the small bar area in the entrance: the main room (to your left as you walk in) being crammed full of humanity.

Nice enough, but never really saw anything except the bar we sat at.

My Red Fox was in good order and served pleasantly enough although I did feel as if we were more of an irritant than welcomed guests. I think there were plenty of regulars in the other room who they’d rather serve and talk to than my little party of 6 getting drunk in different bars type people.

Smallest Fuller’s pub I’ve ever been in.

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Photo of TGS
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

This place is great. Another pub in Oxford really worth visiting, especially if you might be a bit 'vertically challenged', and you have tall friends. Plus it's the oldest pub in Oxford, or so they say, the atmosphere is great, the alley behind and 'garden' on the sidewalk are very lively. The food is good, a bit pricey maybe. Beer selection is, well, mostly Fuller's but there's nothing wrong with that from my point of view...

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Photo of bump8628
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The Bear is located just off the High Street. It's purportedly the oldest pub in Oxford and definitely has that type of feel to it. It's also supposedly located on an old bear fighting pit, which can only make the beer taste better. It's rather small and has quite the collection of tie tips on the wall, which are fun to peruse while one is drinking, especially if you happen to be drinking alone as was I.

The bar area is rather small and has 3-4 cask ales on, 1-2 of which are guest ales. When I was there I had a Fuller's London Pride, which was well-kept. In fact, I believe The Bear is a Fuller's pub. The barkeep seemed nice and the service was good.

Another great stop among Oxford pubs.

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The Bear Inn in Oxford, GB2, United Kingdom
3.7 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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