A 15th century inn, with stone-flagged floors, beams and log fires. The bar still attracts locals and offers a good selection of beers; while the dining room overlooks a very attractive cottage garden and courtyard.
A change of ownership occurred in 2005, and it's now part of a small group, but the new owners have maintained - if not further increased, the high standards offered, both on the food and accommodation fronts.
There are both fixed-price and à la carte menus - typical starters being 'Butternut Squash Soup with a Goats' Cheese and Coriander Beignet'; 'Grilled Mackerel with Saffron-Pickled Vegetables'; 'Scallops & Langoustines with Vanilla Froth & Crystallised Seaweed' and 'Wild Rabbit Terrine with Haricot Blanc Beans on Toast'; although local produce is used whenever possible, and dishes change regularly.
Main courses might include the likes of 'Duo of Slow-Cooked Beef (Fillet & Oxtail) with Fondant Potato and Mushrooms'; 'Red Mullet with Chive Risotto and Smoked Salmon Broth'; 'Heb Gnocchi with Sundried Tomatoes & Olives' and 'Roast Corn-Fed Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash and a Baby Vegetable Fricassée'.
Perhaps finish with' Frozen Apple Roulade, Cinnamon Crème Fraiche and Apple Jam'; 'Walnut Pie with Maple Syrup Ice Cream' or a selection of British Farmhouse Cheese.
Vegetarians have plenty of choice.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week: set L £20 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses); set L Sun £18.95 (2 courses), £23.95 (3 courses); mains from £11 to £23
- Dinner: all week; set D £32.50 (2 courses), £39 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £49 (8 courses); mains from £11 to £23
- Seats: a well-thought-out wine list, with about 20 bottles under £20, and half a dozen by the glass
- Wine: a well-thought-out wine list, with good choice under the the £20 mark, and half a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Ascott-under-Wychwood or Shipton Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page - or leave the M40 at junction 8, the follow the A40, and signs to Burford. The inn is down a side street, close to the centre of the village.
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available