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Crooked Billet

Excellent menu in a 17th-century pub with ample character

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year

Down a narrow, winding lane, lined with beech and oak trees, this mid 17th-century pub was one of notorious highwayman Dick Turpin's hideouts. Since he was involved with the landlord's daughters that makes sense. Many of its finest features are unchanged, including the low beams, tiled floors, open fires and the absence of a bar – beer is drawn directly from casks in the cellar. Local produce and organic fare are the kitchen's mainstays, with set lunches typified by seared Cornish sardines, tomato and anchovy salsa, samphire and green herb oil; slow-roast local Saddleback pork belly, creamed mash potato, pickled red cabbage, broccoli and jus; and lemon tart, raspberry coulis and cream. From the carte come stone bass, seared diver scallops, roast sweet potato, kale, lemon and parsley butter and crispy capers; and chicken breast baked in pancetta, lemon and chestnut stuffing with rösti potato, young carrots and winter greens.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12–3 7–12 (Saturday to Sunday 12–12)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–10.30, Sunday 12–10
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 7–10, Saturday 12–10.30, Sunday 12–10

Food and drink

  • Set menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Getting here

From Henley towards Oxford on A4130. Left at Nettlebed for Stoke Row.

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