The Winner of The Gourmet Britain "Best Gastro-Pub' Award 2012
This rustic country pub, formed from three thatched cottages, also offers some of the best food for miles around. Expect low old beams, wood-burning stoves plus a conservatory and pleasant garden.
Chef/co-proprietor Michael North heads a kitchen team that puts together a seasonal menu of top-quality, mainly local, produce. Some meat coming from their own animals.
A Spring menu included 'Grilled Diver-Caught Scallops with Celeriac Purée & Confit Bacon'; 'Stilton Soufflé with Poached Pear & Walnut Salad' and 'Pressed & Salted Brisket of Limousin Beef with Celeriac Rémoulade' among the starters.
'Fillet of Sea Bream with Green Herb Risotto'; 'Pan-Fried Fillet of Aged Beef with Sauté Potatoes & Creamed Spinach'; 'Pavé of Local Venison with Buttered Squash Purée & Bourguignon Sauce' and 'Risotto of Wild Mushrooms with Parmesan & White Truffle Oil' listed among the mains.
Puds might be too tempting to resist, with perhaps 'Hot Passion Fruit Soufflé with its own Sorbet'; 'Warm Chocolate Fondant with Peanut Ice Cream' and 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramelised Apple Tart & Praline Ice Cream' there to tempt you. Plus cheeses in peak condition.
Michael's wife Imogen ensures that all goes smoothly on the service front.
Some of the kitchens produce is available to take home - such as breads, pork pies and sausages - but you should reserve these in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.30 (Sun 15.00); set L Tues-Fri from £18 (2 courses), mains about £17 to £30
- Dinner: Tues- Sat 19.00-21.00; set early D Tues-Thurs from £18 (2 courses); Menu Surprise Tues-Sat £55; mains about £17 to £30; Tasting Menu £55 (whole table only)
- Seats: 60, plus 30 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups, and a good selection by the glass
- Nearest station: Islip or Bicester Town Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun, all Mon, a week at Christmas
- Outside eating