While still a proper 'local' offering real ales, the reason most people visit this pub is for the excellent food.
The menu blends interesting challenging dishes with local seasonal produce.
A late summer menu offered 'Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Crab, Crème Fraiche & Chives with Devilled Aïoli'; 'Warm Oxford Blue Cheese & Chestnut Tart with Chicory Salad & Honey Dressing'; 'Seared Scallops on Spiced Pear Tatin with Rosemary Syrup' and 'Foie Gras & Chicken Liver Parfait with Fig Jam & Toasted Organic Pumpkin Seed Spelt Bread' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Pan-Roasted Barbary Duck Breast on Braised Leg Cassoulet'; 'Smoked Grimsby Haddock on Wilted Spinach with Free-Range Poached Egg & Watercress Hollandaise'; 'Roast Pumpkin, Leek, Toasted Pine Nut & Wensleydale Crumble with Purple Sprouting Broccoli' and 'Confit Pork Belly with Sticky Red Cabbage, Poppy Seed Roast Parsnips & Sage Gravy' listed among the mains.
Finish with the likes of 'Lemon Curd Crème Brulée with Nut Biscotti'; 'Warm Fig Chocolate Brownie with Crème Fraiche Ice Cream' or 'Spiced Banana Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream' or if you're a cheese lover with their selection of British Artisan varieties.
Vegetables are charged extra, which can give you a surprise when you receive the bill.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30, Sat 12.00-15.00, Sun 12.00-16.00; mains about £12 to £19
- Dinner: Mon-Fri 18.30-21.30 (Fri 22.00), Sat 18.30-22.00, Sun 19.00-21.30; mains £12 to £19
- Wine: a well-chosen list, kicks off at about the £15 mark, and has modest mark-ups
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating