What was a 17th coaching inn with exposed beams and inglenook fireplaces, is now a serious restaurant with comfortable accommodation. Although there is still a bar, where you can just enjoy a drink.
On the food front, proprietor Trevor Bosh also heads the kitchen team that specialises in carefully-sourced British (often local) produce. At lunchtime this means freshly-prepared sandwiches, light dishes such as 'Minute Steak' or their more ambitious lunch menu.
In the evening, the menu expands with starters such as 'Spicy Fish Cakes with Lemongrass & Coriander Mayonnaise'; 'Twice-Baked Oxford Blue Cheese Soufflé, Glazed in a Parsley & Parmesan Cream'; 'Crispy Squid & Grilled Chorizo Sausage with Avocado & Plum Tomato Salsa' and 'Crispy Aylesbury Duck & Bacon Salad with Ginger & Hoi Sin Dressing'.
These might be followed by 'Roast Fillet of Sandy Lane Pork, Wrapped in Parma Ham on Red Onion Tart Tatin & Apple Mash with Marjoram & Cider Sauce'; 'Rump of Local English Lamb on Cassoulet of Summer Beans with Dauphinoise Potatoes & Rosemary Jus'; 'Roast Fillet of Cod on a Warm Plum Tomato, Cheese Crust & Citrus Butter Sauce' and 'Dressed Brixham Crab Salad with Hot New Potatoes' among the listed mains.
If you still have room, or just fancy a pud, you might be tempted by 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Glazed Lemon Tart with Kiwi Sorbet' and 'Strawberry & Clotted Cream Pannacotta'.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30 (Sun 15.00); set L £16.50 (2 courses), £22.50 (3 courses); mains about £15 to £33; set L Sun £19.95 (2 courses) to £24.95
- Dinner: all week 19.00-22.00; mains about £15 to £33
- Seats: 65, plus 30 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list travels the world, kicking off at about the £20 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Haddenham & Thame Parkway Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available