Find this comfortable hotel with good restaurant in the centre of historic Woodstock, eight miles north of Oxford. The main dining room's in an atmospheric antique-panelled room, which is the ideal setting for a special occasion.
The menu changes with the season, and includes local produce when possible. A summer snapshot brought 'Mosaic of Rabbit, flavoured with Lemon & Ginger, Pickled Carrots and Carrot & Ginger Purée'; 'Roast Diver Scallops with Cauliflower, Coriander & Onion Bhaji'; 'Roasted Foie Gras with Spiced Lentils, Pineapple & Caramel' and 'Goats' Cheese with Red Onion Marmalade & Watercress' among the starters.
'Nut-Crusted Line-Caught Sea Bass, Globe & Jerusalem Artichokes, Gem Lettuce & Sauce Matelote'; 'New Seasons Lamb with Braised Potato, White Asparagus, Broad Beans, Trompette de la Mort & Lamb Jus'; 'Anjou Squab-Pigeon with Chicory, Grittine Cherries, Pastilla & Pigeon Jus' and 'Seasonal Vegetable Tart Tatin with Tomato Fondue' listed among the mains.
If you have room, desserts such as 'Chilled Strawberry Soup with English Rhubarb, Gariguette Strawberries & Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Baked Cuban Chocolate Pudding, Fresh Lime, Lime & Chocolate Chip Sorbet' and 'Roast Pineapple with Yoghurt Sorbet & Honeycomb' might tempt you.
The hotel also has a less formal bistro-style restaurant for less formal dining (and lighter on the pocket), and offer a special menu for children.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.00; Mon-Sat set L £24 (2 courses), £29 (3 courses); Sun set L £19.95 (2 courses), £24.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.30; (Fri & Sat 22.00); mains about £15 to £25, £55 (5 courses); plus lighter bistro dishes
- Seats: 40, plus about 50 outside
- Wine: a well thought out list kicks off at around the £20 mark
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Oxford Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available