Find this foodie pub on the village green, beside a stream, of this pretty village. It’s thought to have been built as a cider house in the 16th century, so although it’s been renovated due to flood damage, expect a real ‘olde worlde’ feel with an inglenook fireplace, pews and oak furniture. It still operates as a proper village local, with real ales and visiting Morris dancers.
On the food front you can eat in the bar, or the slightly more formal dining room, and the kitchen has built up a good network of local suppliers – some supplying organic produce. Fish from Grimsby and seasonal game figures prominently.
An early summer menu listed ‘Plum Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Brushetta’; ‘Rabbit & Guinea Fowl Terrine with Pickled Wild Mushrooms & Crostini’; ‘Devilled Lambs Kidneys with Mushrooms & Fried Bread’ and ‘Char-grilled Courgette, Watercress & Couscous Salad with Harissa Dressing’ among the mains.
‘Confit Breast of Lamb & Potato with Savoy Cabbage, Pea & Bacon, Tarragon, Mint & Caper Jus; ‘Truffle Macaroni Cheese with Parmesan & Green Salad’; ‘Char-Grilled Tuna Steak, Ginger & Leek Salad, and Sautéed Potatoes’ and ‘Homemade Steak, Ale & Root Vegetable Pie with French Fries’ listed among the mains.
Desserts aren’t to be missed and look spectacular – with maybe ‘White Peach Crème Brulée with Homemade Shortbread’; ‘Chocolate Caramel Brownie & Vanilla Ice Cream’ and ‘Banoffee Cheesecake with Butterscotch Sauce’ among the offerings. While those with a more savoury tooth will be tempted by their selection of English Farmhouse Cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00 (Sat 14.30, Sun 15.00); mains about £14 to £21; plus good Sandwiches & light bar meals
- Dinner: all week 18.30-21.00 (Fri & Sat 21.30); mains about £14 to £21
- Seats: 70, plus 30 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at around the £20 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Kingham Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available