Beautifully set inn with riverside gardens, local ales, popular food and friendly service
The good pub guide review
Despite being in the heart of the city, this popular historic inn manages to evoke an almost villagey feel. The efficient, helpful staff always cope well, with cheerful good humour. The heavily beamed bar has a huge, curved, red leather chesterfield in front of a woodburning stove, a very high-backed settle, little stools around tables and fine old flagstones. You'll find real ales from Hook Norton, Prescott, North Cotswold and other breweries on handpump and plenty of wines by the glass. Leading off here are the dining areas with bare floorboards, scatter cushions on built-in wall seats, wheelbacks and other chairs around light tables, a second woodburner with logs piled to the ceiling next to it and a fine brass chandelier. They hold an annual beer and cider festival, outdoor film evenings in summer and a folk festival. A partly covered terrace has seats and tables, there are picnic-sets on the lawn (which runs down to the Thames Path where there are moorings), a summer bar and an attractively furnished marquee. It's said that this might be one of the first places that Lewis Carroll gave public readings of Alice in Wonderland.
The good pub guide food review
Enjoyable food (with a separate vegan menu) includes sandwiches, devilled whitebait, hot smoked salmon with beetroot and horseradish crème fraîche, sharing boards, roast chicken with radish, potato, apple and watercress salad, grilled fillet of Dorset trout with crushed new potatoes and crayfish, caper and tomato dressing, cheddar and ale-braised onion tart with wild nettle and almond pesto, and puddings such as dark chocolate brownie with hedgerow cream and caramel sauce and queen of puddings.