Although still a pub, with a low-ceiled bar, splendid inglenook fireplace and real ales this is to our purposes a destination foodie pub, run with great enthusiasm by Mark & Kay Chandler.
The kitchen, under the direction of Mark, offers a seasonally-changing menu based on carefully-sourced local produce, including vegetables & herbs from their own garden. Likewise, as much as possible is produced in-house.
For lighter meals, there are 'Sharing Boards' coming in Antipasti, Mezze & Seafood varieties - ideal for 2 as a starter or for one as a main course.
For for serious dining, an April snapshot brought 'Leek, Roasted Garlic & Potato Soup'; 'Home-Cured Salmon Gravadlax with Marinated Cucumber Salad' and 'Chicken & Duck Liver Parfait with Apricot Chutney' among the starters.
'Slow-Roasted Belly of Kelmscott Pork with Baby Spinach, Celeriac Purée, Crackling & Cider Jus'; 'Pan-Fried Duck Breast, Sweet Potato, Bok Choi & Rhubarb Sauce'; 'Slow-Cooked Breast of Lamb with Sweetbreads, Golden Sultanas, Mash & Spring Greens' and 'Potato & Rosemary Ravioli with Wild Mushrooms' listed among the mains.
Those with a sweet tooth might find 'Rich Chocolate Cake with Pistachio Ice Cream'; 'Vanilla Pannacotta with Spiced Oranges' and 'Roast Pear with Goat's Cheese Ice Cream & Caramelised Almonds' a temptation too much while cheese lovers should enjoy their selection of British artisan varieties.
Regular themed evenings, plus occasional jazz and beer festivals add to the interest.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.30 (Sun 15.30); set L Tues-Fri £17 (2 courses), £20 (3 courses); set L Sun £23 (2 courses), £26 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £20
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-21.30; mains about £13 to £20
- Seats: 50, plus about 40 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at £17.50
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Nearest station: Radley or Oxford Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon, D Sun