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Bear & Ragged Staff


LandlordMark Greenwood.
General ManagerPaul Summers.

28 Appleton Road, Cumnor, Oxford, Oxfordshire  OX2 9QH

Contact UsTel. 01865 862329  email.
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TypePubs in Cumnor, Oxford.
Pub Explorer Reference26213.
Pub Opening TimesMonday - Thursday 11am - 11pm.
Friday & Saturday 11am - 12mn.
Sunday 11am - 10.30pm.


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Accommodation Details

9 en-suite rooms available. Family Suite available. Rates from £125 per room. See in-house for details.

Have a Party Here


We can cater for any sizeable function such as christenings, weddings & wakes etc. Catering can be provided to suit individual requirements. Please ring to discuss.


Drinks on DraughtAmstel, Carlsberg, Noble English Craft Lager 5%, Peroni, Staropramen, Guinness & Aspall Suffolk Cyder.
Real AlesGreene King Old Speckled Hen (4.5% ABV) & 3 Rotating Guest ales.
Other DrinksExtensive Range of Wines, Hot Chocolate, Specialty Teas & Great Range of Coffees.

Drinks Promotions

Champagne by the glass:

Available all day every day.

Enjoy a glass of Champagne for £6.50.

Our Entertainment


See our website above for special events such as wine tasting, theatre evenings & game food festivals.

Our Food

Traditional English pub dishes all freshly prepared & cooked to order from our lunch & Dinner menus. There is also an extensive range of Bar Food available. Our Executive Chef, Becky Joy, changes the menus regularly - reflecting the changing seasons.

Our research proves that nearly everything we need to satisfy the discerning diner looking for suitable "provenance" can be found within Oxfordshire and its surrounding counties. Once the produce has been sourced, the greatest care has to be taken to bring out the best in the food that lands on your table.

Breakfast TimesMonday - Friday 6.30am - 9.30am.
Saturday & Sunday 7am - 10am.
Meal TimesMonday - Thursday 12noon - 9.30pm.
Friday & Saturday 12noon - 10pm.
Sunday 12noon - 9pm.


Food Themed Nights:

We regularly usually monthly hold food themed night including steak, fish, game. Please ring for further details.

Sunday Roast:

Traditional Roast Dinner with a choice of meats and all the appropriate trimmings, from £11.75.


OUTDOOR FACILITIESBeer Garden, Decked Area with lighting, Outdoor Children's Play Area, Large Car Park.
GENERAL FACILITIES Free Wi-Fi Access, Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilet, Baby Changing Facility.

We have a large smoking shelter with lighting.

OTHERChildren Welcome, Dogs Welcome in bar area & outside on a lead on the decked area, Coach Parties Welcome by appointment, Cash Back available, Debit and Credit Cards accepted except Amex or Diners card.
Bear & Ragged Staff, Cumnor

In the historic village of Cumnor, 4 miles from Oxford, opposite the site of Cumnor Place, ancient home of the Earl of Leicester, nestles The Bear and Ragged Staff. The Bear has documented origins which can be traced back to the beginning of the 1500’s when it was owned by St John’s College, Oxford. However, it is believed that parts of the building date back even earlier than this. Aside from its great age, The Bear has much to offer the modern explorer of Oxford. Cumnor became famous through the sad story of Amy Dudley, wife of the 1st Earl of Leicester, who was tragically found dead with her neck broken at the bottom of the stairs of Cumnor Place, aged 28 years. The Earl is widely believed to have been the lover of Queen Elizabeth 1st and it is rumoured that Amy was murdered, though nothing was ever proved. The Bear also has its own proud history. Oliver Cromwell and his entourage, including his son, Richard, are known to have stayed here. The lintel of the fireplace has been vandalized with the Royal Crest which was in the centre of it having been chiselled away. It is believed to have been removed by none other than Oliver Cromwell and his party during the stand-off with Charles 1st which took place in Oxford during the Civil War.
The history of this building as an Inn surprisingly only began in the mid 19th Century, when, after the destruction of the original Bear and Ragged Staff, the occupant of 28 Appleton Rd, one Charles Godfrey, decided to turn the premises into a public house. It has been used as such ever since. More recently, Mark Greenwood, who returned to England after 30 years in the East, mainly Bangkok, took over the tenancy. Mark fell in love with the old place at first sight. The menus have been completely revamped and the Bear now serves an excellent selection of game, pub classics, and traditional country food, nearly all of which has either a traceable provenance and/or is local in origin. The fields around the area are heaving with wildlife. Menus are changed every 3 months. The pub section of the building is the oldest part of the Bear and has received a fair bit of loving care since Mark took over. Original stone walls have been exposed as have wood and original sandstone floors. The bar areas really do have a uniquely English country feel to them, with their ancient open fireplaces, stone floors and walls with wooden beams. It is just a stunning place to have a meal or just sit and watch the time go by whilst indulging your favourite pastime.
The Bear is a family friendly venue, even for the dog, which is welcome in our bar. We have a children’s playground on the premises and parties are catered for. We are sure that once you have tried a traditional Cumnor “Bear” Hug, if you can pull yourself away, it won’t be too long before you are back again to enjoy the hospitality!