An excellent gastro-pub with rooms, opposite The Green of this pretty village. The food is cooked to a high standard by co-owner Emily Watkins, half of proprietorial team, who has the distinction of cooking in the kitchens of Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck.
If just popping in, you can enjoy their excellent bar snacks - such as 'Scotch Quails Eggs'; 'Potted Mackerel & Toast' and 'Pork Pie & Chutney', but a full meal will bring its awards. They use the abundance of top-quality local produce including meat, poultry and seasonal game to the full, and have revived some old-fashioned dishes, not just for the sake of it - but because they're good!
While their menu changes a little on a daily basis, and almost entirely seasonally, starters such as 'Potted Duck with Sourdough Toast'; 'Caramelised Onion and Brown Ale Soup' and 'Monkfish Cheeks
Perhaps to be followed by the likes of 'Fillet of Hereford Beef, triple-cooked Chips, Leaf Salad, Horseradish and Mustard Butter'; 'Crisp Lamb Sweetbreads and Seared Liver and Creamed Potatoes' and 'White Onion, Pumpkin and Local-Wild-Mushroom Tart'.
If you have room, desserts such as 'Chocolate and Orange Trifle'; 'Treacle Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream' and 'Poached Pear with Pear and Caramelised Walnut Ice Cream' might tempt you - while for the more savoury-toothed their selection of local artisan cheeses (offered with Quince & Crab Apple Jelly) are a real treat.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00 (Sat & Sun 15.00), mains about £14 to £20
- Dinner: Mon-Sat, (bar snacks only Sunday evening); mains about £14 to £27
- Seats: 50
- Wine: a concise list, has enough 'smart' bottles to suit most tastes, and modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Kingham Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Rooms available