I love the Crazy Bear in Stadhampton so when they opened up a new hotel, bar and restaurant in Beaconsfield, just 10 mins up the road, I was first in line to go and experience it!
The decor didn't disappoint but the first meal there at the English restaurant didn't hit the mark at all - our food was cold, the wrong order and the service was slow, slow, slow.
However, we then opted to try the Thai restaurant next and were completely blown away. The food was divine and the service was so much better than the other side. We've tried the take-away Thai and the quality was superb, so would highly recommend.
I've had lunch there a few times and a couple of girlie evenings out (mid week as you can't get into the bar at weekends without a food reservation).
It's expensive, but it's fun and it's always great to take someone who hasn't been before and take them to the toilets!!!
It's Crazy - go visit :-)
For a recent family celebration we decided to treat ourselves to an extravagant dinner at the Crazy Bear.
There were 25 of us in total and we booked the private library dining area well in advance of our actual celebration. With the money we were about to spend in mind, a few family members had been in touch with one of the managers and had even paid visits to the restaurant to ensure everything was perfect and went right on the day.
Upon arrival we were lead to an area next to the swimming pool where we could sit and order drinks whilst we waited for our dining room to be ready. The area was covered however was still exposed to the elements and proved not to be water proof when it began to rain and drips appeared everywhere.
Once we had all arrived we were patient with the waiter that was taking our orders even though around half of our drinks took around 20-30mins to get to us after ordering them, the waiter told those of us that ordered cocktails that we shouldn't order them again as it was causing the delays.
Considering this was a cocktail reception and the Crazy Bear had known well in advance there would be 25 of us, this is in my mind completely unacceptable. There was only one member of bar staff behind the bar, this was the reason for the delays. When you are paying £10 for a single spirit and mixer and even more for a cocktail, you do not expect to have to wait 30 minutes for your drink.
Once seated in our dining area we were all still in a happy mood despite the hiccup with the drinks. This soon changed when drinks issues continued and the mood worsened even further when despite having a clear spreadsheet printed out for our waiter (notice I used the word "waiter", we only had one between 25 of us.) listing who had ordered what, people consistently were given the wrong food.
The same scenario occurred during the main and dessert, the waiter began to shout out what he was carrying in the hope someone would claim the item he had on his plate. As the Crazy Bear had insisted we let them know the items everybody would be ordering a week before we arrived, many had forgotten what they had ordered leaving people to claim anything that they could in the hope they remembered correctly.
Our waiter also served food across the table leaning over guests to reach the other side which was very professional. He was also very often nowhere to be found when people wanted to order drinks or would like their wine or water refilled. The blame shouldn't solely be on our waiter however, I feel the Crazy Bear were lackluster in allocating us one waiter for 25 people for a 3 course meal and drinks. With the money this place charges for such a meal, which is in the thousands, there should be at the very least 3 waiters allocated for the sole purpose of serving a party of this size.
Even the quality of the food was poor, I personally ordered Pork which came with crackling that looked lovely until half way through eating it I noticed that it was full of prickly hairs that hadn't been removed before being cooked. I can assure you I have never come so close to throwing up on my plate.
So to conclude, please do not even consider spending your money here... It is a total rip off and doesn't offer anywhere near the service or food quality that their prices suggest that they do.
It was alright, we went there for Xmas combined party. They said there would be live music which I didn't see at all. Dancing floor was small, and not many people dance. Also the food was nice but not worth £59. Overall, it's a little bit over priced. All I can say that it's an experience but don't think will go again.
The Crazy Bear group have added a hotel and restaurant in Old Beaconsfield. They already have the hotel & restaurant in Oxford and restaruant in London and now this one!
It is excellent - we went this week for my birthday and it was a unique experience! Definitely a wow factor!
As you walk in, it is like being in Alice in Wonderland - a very funky bar and restaurant. we ate in the english restaurant ( they also have a thai one just afew doors down) and the food , ambience and service was excellent.
It is also not that expensivethe bedrooms ( we didn't stay!) are quite pricey at almost £ 300.00 a night at weekends, however the restaurant is averagely priced which makes it accessible for most special occasions or weekend treats.
Something different and unique for this area.they even have an outdoor swimming pool!!
If you are in the area you just have to call in......THE DECORWELL, I'm not sure 'funky' does it justice, the bar is Bizarre, and good fun, and the Toilets are unusual ,with some very confusing mirrors and open space between the ladies/gents.. you've been warned.
I went for lunch, drinks in the bar were served by the waiter, and my tomato juice was superbly presented with a celery tree in it.
At lunch we opted for the £10 ,2 course Farm Shop menu, certainly available on weekday lunches, not sure about Saturday.
The food was really good, and tasty.
It wasn't very busy on the Friday lunch we went to, we were told this is unusual, I'd imagine Friday and saturday nights would have a real buzz.
I'm keepimg the details secret from some friends and just take them trhere and wait to see their jaws drop.
Just to confuse you there are no signs outside, so be sure you have the exact location befre you go.
I recently went to Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield, which is local to where I live, and as expected I loved the atmosphere and environment much lovelier than the original Crazy Bear in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire although I have frequent this establishment many times. I had a superb meal in the English restaurant (there is the Thai option as an alternative) I opted for the lobster and a very nice Sav Blanc, followed by a tart tartin with amazing ice cream. The waiters and waitresses were incredibly attentive and made you feel very welcomed. Don't expect a cheap night out here, our bill came to £126.56 for 2 people. I would definitely go again and recommend that you go if you get a chance.
Lets start with the good things. There are two restaurants here, English and Thai and we went to the Thai and I must say the food was excellent.
However, they only book for two sittings on a Saturday night (not sure if its the same during the week) and we went for the later one. On arriving the bar was packed and the service for a drink was very slow indeed. We were told three times that our table was ready even before all our party had arrived, i guess to clear the bar area. The Thai dining area is actaully in another building so you have to walk down the road to take your seat. The service was slow in the restaurant in general and our bill at the end was wrong. So to sum up good food spoilt by poor/average service
Absolutely awful! Very over priced for what you get. The staff are rude, unhelpful and will not go that extra mile for you.
I will never say a good word about this place - don't waste your money!
Been once about 3 years ago for a birthday lunch and wasn't impressed by the attitude of the staff, or food served uscomplete disaster.
One of the coolest places I have ever been to, pure Miami / Ibiza eccentricity and it certainly attracts some appropriate people too. Going at the busier times just for a drink is unfortunately not as easy as the Oxford one, we were greeted at the door with Do you have a reservation which luckily we did (they give priority at the bar to diners and hotel guests) which is fair enough. The food is excellent in both Thai and English restaurants and whilst it is expensive when you have wine and / or cocktails, it's an experience that is made special by the excellent service and amazing decor + great music.
Dire Dire Dire AVOID at all costs!! 1 Star, only because it has to have a minimum, otherwise it would be minus figures!!
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