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Headline : The Bear at Home Inn, North Moreton nr. Didcot
2nd Headline : Real Ale, Real Food, Really Good!
Distribution Source : Round & About
Date : April, 2006
Author: Peter Savage
Often, change can be for the best, and at The Bear, Tim and Alison Haworth’s arrival is certainly that. This well known South Oxfordshire family of five, Mum, Dad and three girls, moved in late last year and made an immediate and favourable impression; and then they took off for a month’s holiday in New Zealand over January! Readers might remember that a great deal of publicity was generated when knowledge of how a team of locals offered to staff, cook and serve whilst the family were away. This extraordinary show of solidarity by friends was a huge success and the genuinely warm feeling of The Bear reflects both Tim and Alison’s genial approach to running a pub as well as the type of clientele now drawn to it.
For a couple without previous pub experience it is truly remarkable how they have a natural instinct for pleasing the visitor; Alison’s food is wholesome, fresh and home-made, Tim’s manner is relaxed and amiable. Tim put their philosophy succinctly ‘ we think we are a pub that wants to serve food, rather than a restaurant that needs to serve drinks’. Indeed their food is not ‘pub grub’ but an ever changing menu of really interesting, nicely presented range of dishes. Prices for a healthy main dish are faround the £8 mark with starters and puddings at about £3.50. Their Sunday menu includes a roast priced at about £7.95. That puts them in the really good value for money bracket. The Bear is deceptively large; the main bar and restaurant can cope with about 50, the rear function room can handle a further 50 to 60 people which makes them ideal for private parties or office functions.
Summer plans include a new beer garden adjacent to the cricket pitch, no doubt for some Dutch courage prior to facing a fast bowler!
I suggest though that you pop along well before then.
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