“ Boutique Hotel and Restaurant in three locations: London, Stadhampton - Oxfordshire and Beaconsfield - Buckinghamshire. „
Crazy Bear Hotel Stay
I booked this hotel as I was attracted by the unusual bedrooms and quirky décor in them. It is coming up to my 60th Birthday so we decided this would be a nice little treat , a night in a posh hotel, afternoon tea and a champagne breakfast the next day.
When we arrived we were rather taken with the red double bus in the car park which was the Reception. We were welcomed and I had to sign a form with our car number plate and a credit card swipe. The young lady then took us over to the hotel and showed us our room.
We walked past a large wooden pirate then a waterfall and through the outdoor seating area which did look lovely at night with lots of twinkling fairy lights. It was too cold for us to sit out though when we stayed.
We did explore the gardens after and they were small but had a number of statues, one ws a silver lady stuck up in a tree which was quite odd .
Our room had a shared entrance and also a sitting room which was on ground level with one other room. upstairs like ours.The red painted walls throughout this part of the hotel did make it quite dark but very different. The sitting room had a nice fire, large screen TV and comfortable sofa in black.
We then walked up some quite steep narrow stairs with ironwork 'twigs' as handrails. There was also iron work as the bannister at the top as well as a huge chandelier. Our room was the first at the top of the stairs.
Our room was painted deep red walls and ceiling, and the ceiling had the same ironwork 'twigs leading from behind the bedhead. It looked very effective but from the photos on the website I was expecting a larger room. There was a bed, two slate bedside shelves with lights. A large flat screen TV sat on a glass table was under the eaves and a plate with an apple and orange was beside the TV. We also had two bottles of water left for us free of charge which was nice as the tap water did taste bit strange. A very small wardrobe held about 6 hangers and two nice soft white robes. I did like the golden upholstered arm chair in the corner as it was sort of Regency style and quite comfortable too but that was the only chair in the room.
The room was fine for us for one night but if you were travelling from abroad doing a tour and had a couple of bags or cases then it would be very uncomfortable as there was nowhere to put anything. The room was also quite dark all day and really needed the lights on all the time and even then it was not light enough to read. There was free wifi which was nice for an English hotel.
The ensuite was a huge disappointment to me as I had brought a special bath bomb and was looking forward to a nice long soak. I hate wet rooms as I hate water getting all over everywhere, on the toilet and so on.
The ensuite was all silver , walls, ceiling but with a rubbery black floor surface which was heated. Going into the ensuite was like having a sauna. I did like the Molton Brown toiletries from handwash and lotion above the basin ( green transparent glass bowl) to the shower gel, shampoo and conditioner . They were all in pump dispenser fixed to the walls so I had to make good use of them while there.
We had a really nice afternoon tea on the day we arrived . We were asked if we wanted tea or coffee and we chose tea. Just before the tea arrived we were served two small glass teapots with a strange pinkish thick liquid in it and two small glass teacups and a jug of cream We asked what it was and in fact it was a sort of vodka cocktail with raspberry coulis which could be drunk neat or with the cream> I tried both ways and both were nice but I think without cream was more refreshing and certainly less calorific.
The cake stand arrived with a range of beautifully prepared sandwiches on the bottom layer, two scones, one plain and one fruit with clotted cream and jam on the middle layer. On the top were four different home made cakes.
The next morning we enjoyed a champagne breakfast. Unfortunately for him, my husband doesn't like champagne so I had to help him out. I chose the yoghurt, granola and fresh fruit. buffet selection
My husband had a full English with duck eggs poached and Gloucestershire Old Spot bacon from the Crazy Bear farm. He was really happy with his meal and I have to say it did look a good meal if I had had it for a main meal later in the day. I was very happy with my champagne and I went and got some orange juice and made my own Bucks Fizz.
The breakfast was served in the dining room where we had enjoyed our afternoon tea. It was quite out of this world with leopard spotted carpet, red leatherette walls , pink leatherette chairs and chandelier and large mirrors. Somehow though I would never choose it for my house it worked in the hotel.
The hotel is not big, I thought it would be a much bigger operation than it was. It is an old pub that has been converted by someone with a great imagination and a wacky outlook in interior furnishing. I was surprised as the website makes it look a lot bigger and posher.
We did enjoy our stay but both of us were a little disappointed with our room. I did tell the girl at Reception it was my 60th birthday treat but no special chocolates on the pillow or any room upgrade were forth coming which was shame.
I would say this is fine for a one night's stay and if you want a bit of a different sort of hotel but not somewhere you would want to stay more than one night and don't bring much luggage as there is no storage in the room we were in.
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Nothing wrong with the food and surroundings per se, if a touch overpriced. The main bugbear here, as has been exposed on various other review websites (TripAdvisor/UrbanSpoon etc) is the frankly APPALLING Service, and rude, disinterested, immature and complacent management skills exhibited by teenage 'managers' when these matters are brought to their attention!! Having had a very expensive evening ruined by drunken diners on another table, and the so-called 'management' taking absolutely no notice whatsoever of our concerns, our obvious dismay was picked up on Twitter by someone from Head Office who promised a full investigation. This 'investigation' was 'investigated' within 5 minutes, and we were emailed and collectively told that they had viewed CCTV footage of the evening in question, and could find NO COMPLAINT to uphold, and further, that we were unwelcome there again! Like we really wanted to go back after that experience? You have been warned....all that glitters is DEFINATELY NOT gold, and certainly not in this place!!!! 0/10
When first entering the bar you are immedately taken back by the decore. The only way to discribe this is utterly amazing! I dread the think the ammout of money that was thrown at the place. Nothing looks out of place from the glass ceiling or the soft leather arm chairs to the outside swimming pool. You can practically smell the money in there.
They have a varied drinks menu which is quite pricey but after taking one look around the bar you can understand why. I imagine Bill Gates' home looks quite like this. The resturant area is just as extravagent and the food is lovely if again a little pricey. For example a champagne cocktail will sent you back £9.50 and a simple but nice English breakfast will leave you wallet short of £15.
Unfortuanely I didn' have the funds in my bank account to spare to stay in one of its hotel rooms which cost roughy £500 per night. I would say if you are trying to impress someone on a date or treat your partner to a nice romantic drink, take them here but its probably not the place for a lads night out.
Just ate again at the Crazy Bear, and was very disappointed with the food. Yes, the surroundings in this recently renovated bar restaurant are very glam (dare I say completely over the top!) and it's an interesting place to go for a look, but the food is vey underrrated, which considering the prices, makes it a real disappointment.
We had a group of 10 eat there, so had a good sample of the starters and mains on offer, and none were outstanding. My salad was okay, but not great, and my steak was fair. Chips were very greasy and the small amount of spinach was dumped on my plate.
Considering that the starters were about £7-9 and the mains ranged from £18 up, our meal came to £65 per head with wine. We all had a couple of glasses but nothing extravagant.
So, a very expensive meal, in lovely surroundings, but the food certainly wasn't worth the money.
The Saracens Head located opposite will do you an equally nice meal for half the price, albeit in slightly more subdued surroundings.
My review will be towards the Crazy bear hotel restaurant/bar and farm shop in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire.
Luckily for us, this venue is located within the village that we live. It is a very quirky boutique style hotel with an a la carte or Thai restaurant menu choice.
As a resident, I have not tried the room facilities, however, I have heard from reviews that they are very luxurious and the stay is well worth the money.
My review is more to do with the var & restaurant.
This is a very classy place to be. the outside is very welcoming in an old fashioned building which is sensitively lit. When you enter into the var area, the detail and design of the bar area is immediately breath taking. The lights are low, there is music to accompany the mood, along with comfortable but stylish furnishings and in the Winter, a big open wood burning fire.
*The dining areas*
Food can either be eaten in the restaurant or in the bar area which is good for the choice of either formal or informal dining. There are a number of eating & drinking areas in the Crazy bear from the bar area, the main restaurant, the glass house to the outside seating area.
In the summer, there is a very comfortable and well designed garden patio area. This is complimented by outdoor heating lamps, table candles and comfortable and relaxing surroundings.
*Food and Drink*
The drinks menu is on the pricey size as is expected when you look at the clientelle and the aims of the hotel, however, table service is provided by very well uniformed and polite staff who are ready to notice every fine detail before you do.
The food, what can I say, it is out of this world! Again, the prices are high but well worth the spend if you have a limitless amount of cash or simply for a luxurious treat. My husband and I would strongly recommend the Thai menu which is by far our favourite menu. the food just cannot be beaten!
A nice day to choose to dine here is Sundays, where Sunday roast is served in the glass house and accompanied by live jazz. Well worth a visit for!
The toilet facilities are clean and comfortable and filled with luxurious essentials such as Molton brown hand wash & cream which is always a selling point for me!
A highly recommended retreat whether it be for a night away or just for an expensive and romantic dinner out.
The Crazy Bear is located in Beaconsfield 'Old Town' (I live in Beaconsfield so this place is almost on my doorstep). It has recently opened following substantial renovation of the oldest building in the town, which for a long time, used to be the George Hotel. The place has been magnificently restored, and because they have built down as well as refurbishing the existing areas, it took over four years to complete, the result of which is a piece of dramatic architecture, with spectacular lighting and amazing and luxurious decor. The renovation work included an underground extension which is in itself quite elaborate and luxurious, adding extra character to this imposing property.
A white marble staircase with an elaborate ironwork banister leads to the private bar below ground which has mirrored walls and fibre optic lighting effects. The floor in the Crystal room is black and is furnished with white embossed leather seating.
The floor in the bar area is Italian jade marble with a gloss polished walnut & copper bar and includes a row of six 1930s crystal chandeliers to add to the luxury. Along one wall there is a custom-made, black chesterfield stretching for several metres, which is studded with Swarovski crystals. Heavy crushed velvet curtains drape from antique hand carved oak paneling to complete the extreme decor.
There are 10 individually designed bedrooms and each uses materials to dramatic effect. These include, textured leather, suede, oak, porcelain, velvet and gold leaf. The room furniture and ornamentation is quite theatrical.
There are two restaurants, (and private dining is available in The Library and The Hunting Lodge). An English restaurant providing fine dining and a separate Thai restaurant (private dining is available in The Thai Snug). The English restaurant features a huge open fire, crystal studded chesterfield seating, textured leather and 24 carat gold leaf walls and polished antique oak flooring. The Thai restaurant has embossed velvet walls, four huge crystal chandeliers hanging from vaulted ceiling, leather tables and banquette seating.
I'm not sure what I should tell you about the food other than try it for yourself and make your own decision. As for me, the whole experience was marvelous and the Thai food was exceptional but the real value of this place is the place itself.
I went here the other day in Beaconsfield and it was wonderful! The main building has huge wooden doors big enough to fit a carriage through (to uphold the buildings history i presume with beaconsfield being a town where they would change the horses over on long journeys). There is a man dressed in a very smart grey suit with a top hat who lets you in if you have a booking. Immediately inside there are curtains surrounding the reception area then you go out into a pretty bar area, we were sat downstairs in the crystal room as upstairs was full so i will talk about that. the whole room down there is covered in mirrors and the floor is leather. the chairs are trimmed with white rabbit fur (i think, it felt like that anyway). It is very pretty down there although i did prefer upstairs.
They were short on drinks menus as they have only just opened (which i found wierd) so we had to share one between 6 of us which was a little annoying. The staff are all told a list of clothes they are allowed to buy so no uniforms but all smart clothes, floaty dresses for the women and smart clothes for men. apparently they had a list of 6 shops they were allowed to shop at.
The drinks are quite expensive, they said the glasses they serve the wine in are worth £200 each as they are hand carved in italy,
I think our wine was about £32 a bottle and was a mid priced one, not to my taste but then that wasnt the one i would of ordered if given the choice anyway.
They also have a list of cocktails and champagnes and spirits, cocktails start from £8.50
They have 2 restaurants here an English one and a Thai one, the english one has white leather floor to ceiling booths covered in huge diamonte jewels (sounds wierd but go see it, its hard to describe) and has a great atmosphere. the Thai restaurant (which we went to) you have to go outside and walk down the road (very odd design i think) to get to it. once inside its very pretty, the bannister is made of python skin which i thought was awesome, the chairs upstairs made of crocodile skin, they have lovely flocked wallpaper and its a really nice and intermate atmosphere.
For my meal i had mixed seafood (prawns, scallops, muscles and squid) which only cost £15 which i thought was really reasonable, it was really tasty too, my sister had black cod which was also very tasty, the beef massaman curry was amazing and the tuna was good too. i think the massaman and the mixed sea food was best (i cant remember what the other two had) rice starts from £2.50 for plain rice and goes up to £9 for prawn rice which is really nice. they also have noodles as a side, we had pad thai which was amazing and about £9 is i remember correctly. you also have to order vegetables separately too. so it can work out expensive depending on what you order as there are a range of prices for everything.
for dessert I had the mango with coconut sticky rice as i had this when i was in thailand and i adored it over there so thought i would try it here. it was a massive dissapointment though. The sticky rice was cold and far too sticky, not like it should tradtionally be and didnt taste of coconut at all. the mango was nice but not worth paying the price for just the mango, someone else had the lemongrass desert (i forget what it was with, i think it was a brulee) and that was nice but not amazing
I would stay stick to the mains and avoid the desserts here, they werent very good but the main meals were yummy so definitly worth a try.
The toilets are stupidly hard to find if you dont know where they are in the thai restaurant as they are downstairs in the wood panneled area but there are no signs for male or female, you just have to know where to press the wall which is a bit confusing but i do actually like it, the toilets are really dark though and i dont like the overuse of mirrors inside the bathroom
Apparently in a few months you will be able to come in for just a drink but at the moment you have to be going to the restaurant to get into the bar as its so busy.
overall, I totally recomend it.
Restaurants are supplied from the Crazy Bear Farm Shop.