Find this old inn, packed with character, after a climb through beech woods from Chinnor village. There are interesting sculptures, comfortable sofas and in winter months, you're welcomed by marvellous log fires. In warmer weather, the outside terrace adds to the dining pleasure.
The menus are handwritten on a daily basis and fish figures prominently. Starters include the likes of 'Deep-fried Langoustine Tails with Chili Jam'; 'Pan-fried Foie Gras'; 'Tagliatelle with Trompettes & Black Perigourd Truffles' and 'Scallops with Jersey Royals, shaved Parmesan, Crisp Parma Ham and Truffle Oil'.
Mains 'Rack of Lamb with Cauliflower Purée, Broad Beans, Capers and Mint'; 'Sea Bream with Mussels'; 'Breast of Duck with Morel Fritters and Jerusalem Artichokes'; 'Wild Sea Bass with Pistachio & Lemon Verbena Quinoa, baby Leeks, Girolles & Trompettes' and perhaps in winter ' Roast Grouse with Bread Sauce'.
Desserts are too good to miss - maybe 'Strawberry Soup with Basil Ice Cream'; 'Peanut Butter Parfait with Blackcurrant sorbet' or 'Chocolate Fondant'. Excellent British and French cheeses are another option.
French windows open onto the wisteria-clad terrace and lunch here, overlooking the lawn, is a marvellous summer treat.
Don't expect to be in and out quickly, this is a place for serious, relaxed eating. If time is a factor, go elsewhere!
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun, 11.30-14.30 (Sun 15.30); set L Tues to Fri £19.50 (2 courses); main courses from about £20 to £30
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-22.00; set D £19.50 (2 courses); Tasting Menu £65; mains courses from about £20 to £30
- Seats: 70; plus 60 outside
- Wine: an excellent wine list offers around 200 bins, kicking off at about £20 - and plenty of half bottles and over a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, but no children under 6
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Saunderton Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or leave the M40 at junction 6 and take signs to Chinnor, turn right at the roundabout, then up the hill for about 3km to Sprigg's Alley.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Sun D; all Mon; 3 days at Christmas; Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating