Set on the banks of the infant River Thames, this 17th century stone pub is a top-quality eaterie with comfortable bedrooms.
Food is taken seriously here, the seasonally-changing menu offering starters such as ‘Confit Organgic Salmon, Citrus Olive Oil, Pickled Mouli & Fennel Purée’; ‘Loin of Rabbit wrapped in Parma Ham, Braised Chicory, Hazelnut & Merlot Dressing’ and ‘Sautéed Scallops with pan-fried Chorizo, puréed Shallots & Rosemary Jus’ setting the style.
Perhaps to be followed by ‘Roast Rump of Lamb with Potato Rosti, Lambs Sweetbreads, Confit Shallots & Garlic Basil Jus’; ‘Char-grilled Hereford Rib Eye Steak with Skinny Chips & Béarnaise Sauce’; ‘Woodland Mushroom Tart, Cerleriac Purée & Aged Parmesan’ and ‘Pan-Fried Calves Liver & Bacon with Bubble & Squeak, Caramelised Shallots, Black Pudding & Thyme Jus’.
Fresh fish figures prominently, as does game in darker months.
If you have room, desserts shouldn’t be missed, with maybe ‘Rich Chocolate Tart with Mango Sorbet’; ‘Crème Brulée with Roasted Bananas’ and ‘Warmed Ginger Cake with Coffee Mascarpone’ on offer, plus – for those with a more savoury tooth – a selection of local artisan cheeses.
They run a Sausage Club for lunch & dinner on Thursdays, offering an excellent selection of top-quality sausage dishes.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 11.00-14.00, Sun 12.00-14.00; mains £15 to £20; L Sun mains about £12 to £24
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-23.00, Sun 18.30-20.45, mains £15 to £20
- Seats: 70, plus 40 outside
- Wine: an excellent list kicks off at around the £15 maark
- Children's portions: Yes, plus children's menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Finstock or Oxford Rail
- Directions: See the map on his page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas & New Year openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available