Simple furnishings in spacious bars and dining rooms, friendly relaxed atmosphere, up to six ales and popular food
The good pub guide review
The sumptuously furnishings of this appealing, honey-coloured pub are a precursor to the impressive food and drink that awaits. The relaxed, friendly bar has an armchair and other comfortable chairs around an old trunk in front of an inglenook fireplace, some exposed stone walls, cushioned wall seats, and a mix of wooden and antique leather chairs around nice old tables on bare floorboards and flagstones. Rugs are dotted about and stools line the counter which is presided over by a big stag's head: there's Clavel & Hind Blunderbuss, Hook Norton Hooky, Gloucester Birdlip and Sharps Doom Bar on handpump, 17 wines by the glass (including champagne), 12 malt whiskies, mocktails and a farm cider; darts, newspapers and background music. At the back is a large extension with soaring rafters, big lantern lights, long button-back leather banquettes and other seating, while upstairs is another similarly furnished dining area and a room perfect for private gatherings. The landscaped and flagstoned back terrace has lots of good quality wooden chairs and tables and climbing plants. This is a pretty village and the church opposite is impressive and worth a visit. Wheelchair access. Sister pub is the Swan at Ascott under Wychwood.
The good pub guide food review
Good modern food from a varied menu includes sandwiches, chargrilled harissa wild Scottish langoustine with burnt lime, burrata with pesto, toasted almonds and tomatoes, devilled kidneys on sourdough toast, various steaks with a choice of sauce, gnocchi with roasted red onion, chargrilled broccoli, pepper and green sauce, pan-roasted hake with nduja and chickpea stew with saffron aioli, lamb chops with romesco and grilled tenderstem broccoli, chicken paillard with Tuscan bread salad, and puddings such as apple and gooseberry crumble and chocolate, caramel and salted peanut pudding with vanilla ice-cream.