Former coaching inn in good walking country with interestingly decorated bar and restaurant, well liked food and drinks and seats in garden
The good pub guide review
Extensively refurbished in 2019, this 16th-c coaching inn is in a lovely spot opposite the village church. The stylish interior has blue panelling, wood floors, limed beams and shuttered windows and furniture includes easy chairs by an inglenook fireplace, prettily covered or wooden dining chairs around chunky pine tables and modern art on pale walls. The impressive array of drinks includes well kept Butcombe Best, Clavell & Hind Blunderbuss and Hook Norton Hooky, local and French ciders, 15 wines by the glass (including prosecco and champagne), several sherries, cocktails and a good choice of spirits. The restaurant, with its seagrass flooring, has some striking wallpaper, a woodburning stove and lavish flower arrangements. There are seats and tables in a back courtyard garden. The eight individually styled bedrooms are well equipped and comfortable; two are in an outbuilding. The inn is handy for the Oxfordshire Way and Wychwood Way. Sister pub is the Chequers in Churchill.
The good pub guide food review
Quite a choice of enjoyable food includes interesting nibbles, pear and celery tart with stilton, wood pigeon with heritage carrots, raspberries and hazelnuts, grilled megrim sole with samphire, capers and brown shrimp, mutton or chicken and leek pie with mash, lamb rump with potato fondant, braised lettuce, peas and broad beans, pork belly with barbecue langoustine, sweetcorn and fennel, and puddings such as crème caramel with muscovado sponge and honeycomb and cherry parfait with almonds and Valrhona chocolate.
Swan, 4 Shipton Road, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6AY
Weekdays: 11.30-3, 5.30-11, closed Mon