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16th-century dining-pub that's a real star turn

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

In a delightful hilltop village topped by an early surviving post-mill, landlords David and Fiona Howden have made a great success of The Pointer which serves as a pub, a restaurant and a butchers. They support Brill's own Vale brewery and XT Brewing in nearby Thame, whose spent grain feeds the livestock on their own organic farm; Longhorn cattle, rare-breed Middle White pigs and Hampshire Down sheep all live happily on this farm. Typical of the sophisticated cooking by head chef Mini Patel are starters of Jerusalem artichoke soup, fresh black truffle and toasted hazelnuts; and Brixham crab, red beetroot, Bramley apple and New Delhi spices. For the main event perhaps, Longhorn sirloin and Jacob's Ladder (short rib), dripping-cooked chips, bone marrow, hen-of-the-woods mushroom, lovage and port sauce; Shetland cod loin, hand-made pasta, palourde clams, grilled spring onion and sea herbs; or for two to share – Pointer Farm suckling pig, creamed Maris Pipers, farm greens and caramelised apple sauce.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st week January
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 1–3
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday 6.30–9, Friday to Saturday 6.30–10, Sunday 5.30–8

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M40 junction 9, A41 towards Aylesbury. Right onto B4011 signed Thame. Follow signs to Brill.

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