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At a glance

Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year

This imposing building dates back over 400 years, and is featured in Charles Dickens’ first novel, The Pickwick Papers. The same home comforts that Dickens enjoyed when visiting Towcester have been updated to modern standards, and discerning customers will find excellent service in the restored pub. Starters might be panko-breadcrumbed calamari rings; or chicken liver pâté with cherry compôte, followed by a main course of beef and ale pie, mash and vegetables; or leek, potato and spring onion homity pie. Sandwiches, jackets, wraps and ciabattas are all available too.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Fri-Sat 11am-mdnt)
  • Lunch opening: all wk 11-5
  • Dinner opening: all wk 5-10

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Abbot Ale & IPA, Morland Old Speckled Hen, guest ale

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Contact pub for details


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Getting here

M1 junct 15A, A43 towards Oxford. Take A5 signed Towcester

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