Oxfordshire residents are being invited to become part of the
family and enjoy the recently refreshed restaurant at Macdonald
Bear Hotel in Woodstock, as it launches its new residents
The stunning 54-bedroom four-star hotel was made famous by film
royalty Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton when they spent both
their honeymoons at the Old Coach House. It also recently won the
'Most Luxurious Country Hotel' and the 'Lux Customer Service
Now the hotel's general manager Chris Rafe, wants to make sure
that locals aren't missing out by offering a new residents discount
card; which not only gives locals discounts on food in the newly
refreshed restaurant, but also on room rates, making a mini-break
even better value.
The card comes as the hotel welcomes new head chef, Paul Bell,
who started his culinary career at Macdonald Bear Hotel. Paul has
reinvigorated the hotel's menu to give the refreshed restaurant a
more casual- dining bistro feel. Using choice local ingredients and
the highest quality produce, including wild white fish and local
asparagus, new dishes Lightly smoked salmon, Ox cheek lasagne,
Orange chocolate fondant.
General manager Chris Rafe said: "Macdonald Bear Hotel is steeped in
history and is a well-loved local institution, but it was time to
bring it more in line with what our customers, both from around the
world and on our doorstep, are looking for.
"The new menu is just the start of a series of offers that we
will be introducing for locals. We will be running a special
asparagus and Albariño wine event to celebrate the beautiful
asparagus grown in the region. Those with a resident card will be
among the first to find out about these and other special events
that Macdonald Bear Hotel will be
undertaking throughout the year."
The local residents card is available from the hotel and offers
a minimum of 10% discount on the restaurant. Residents simply need
to complete the application, collected from the hotel, to claim
New chef, Paul Bell, who started his culinary career as a chef
de partie at Macdonald Bear Hotel in 2005, has
returned to the Woodstock hotel from the Hotel Imperator, in Nimes,
France, and is excited about the new menu.
He said: "We are blessed in the region to have access to some
wonderful suppliers and it is testament to the Macdonald Hotel
group ethos that we only use the very best produce. This has meant
that I have been able to develop a menu that shows this produce at
"The dishes have been designed to appeal to a wide range of
palates and to be enjoyed every day. One of my favourite dishes to
prepare is the loin of highland lamb because I believe in seasonal
produce, and look forward to the time of year where I can utilise
such products as, wild garlic & spring lamb"