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400 years old and immortalised by Charles Dickens

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. Dishes include slow-cooked pork belly; or a selection of meat and fish pies; plus traditional pub classics. Finish with chocolate fudge cake or a knickerbocker glory. Sandwiches, jackets, wraps and ciabattas are all available too.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11–11 (Friday to Saturday 11am–midnight)
  • Lunch: all week 11–5
  • Dinner: all week 5–10

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Accessible toilets

Getting here

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

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