A pub full of atmosphere, aided by their collection of memorabilia giving a romantic look-back to a time that probably never happened. However, the whole works well and certainly worth a detour if needing refreshment when travelling on the M40.
There's been a revamp, since our last full inspection - the restaurant now taking the moniker of 'Hylton's at The Moon and Sixpence' (after new chef Hylton Bradley) - so any reports from you would be welcomed. However, early mentions have been favourable.
Food is taken seriously, be it a pub meal such as a sandwich or 'Scotch Beef and Ale Pie with Puff Pastry' or 'Fish & Chips'. If having a full meal, starters might include the likes off 'Moules Mariniere'; 'Warm Chicken and Bacon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette'; Tempura Battered Prawns with a Sweet Chili Dip' and 'Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Risotto'.
Mains 'Lamb Shank with Caramelised Root Vegetables'; 'Roast Breast of Corn-Fed Chicken Forestiere'; 'Pan-Fried Tuna, Confit Tomatoes and Sauce Vierge'.
Maybe finish with 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with home-made Vanilla Ice Cream' or Tarte Tatin with Calvados Sorbet'.
Service is friendly and informal.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00 (Sun 15.00); set L Tues-Sat £7.50 (2 courses) to £9.50; mains £10 to £20
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-21.00; set D Tues-Fri £7.50 (2 courses) to £9.50; mains £10 to £20
- Seats: 70, plus 30 outside
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at £12 with various house wines
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Banbury
- Directions: close to the M4, but you must leave at junction11 (Banbury), leaving Banbury on the A422 (towards Stratford-upon-Avon), then take the B4100 to Hanwell
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun; and check Christmas openings
- Outside eating