Thoughtfully refurbished inn with enjoyable food, quite a range of drinks, a friendly welcome and seats outside; bedrooms
- Separate restaurant
- Sandwiches sold
Bar food times: 12-2.30, 6-9.30; 12-3, 6-10 Fri, Sat; 12-3 Sun
Typical main dish: pan0fried sea bream with crushed new potato, spinach and citrus sauce
Typical main dish price: £18.00
Average two course evening meal price: £25.00
- Speciality beers
- Cask ales
Price of cheapest bitter: £3.80
Name of cheapest bitter: Brakspears
Price of a bedrooms starts at £0.00
- Children allowed in the bar
- Children allowed in the restaurant
- Dogs allowed in the bar
Pub pets: Dogs not allowed in bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This pub has all the ingredients that most people look for in a classic pub: a good range of drinks, great food and an appealing, homely interior with beams, flagstones and floorboards augmented by thoughtful touches such as a real fire, candles and fresh flowers. The main bar has a cosy area with leather chesterfields grouped around a table by an open fire, an informal dining space with farmhouse chairs and cushioned pews around tables on bare boards and a nice little window seat for two. Stools line the counter where friendly staff serve a couple of Brakspears ales (perhaps Bitter and Oxford Gold), another from Ringwood and a guest on handpump, 15 wines by the glass, ten gins and seven malt whiskies. Décor in the dining room includes large old-fashioned portraits against unusual postage-stamp wallpaper, an attractive mix of chairs and tables plus modern artwork on pale-painted walls, candles and floral arrangements; traditional pub games, background music. The back terrace has chunky tables and chairs under parasols and there are a few picnic-sets at the front. The nine bedrooms (four above the pub, five in the garden) are comfortable and attractive. Sister pubs are the Plough at Kelmscott (also in Oxfordshire) and the Bull in Fairford (Gloucestershire). Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
Highly thought-of food includes sandwiches, scotch egg with celeriac rémoulade and garlic mayo, rare beef salad with truffle oil and parmesan shavings, crispy pork belly with fricassée of mushrooms, new potatoes and spring greens, beef and mushroom pie with caramelised root veg, risotto with broad beans, peas and pea purée, cheeseburger and fries, crispy duck leg with roast potato, heritage beetroot and bacon crumb, lamb kofta with dried fruit, chickpeas, couscous and tzatziki, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and rhubarb and apple crumble with honeycomb ice cream; they also offer a set lunch (Monday-Thursday).
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