Idyllically situated alongside the River Windrush in the thatched village of Old Minster, this 600-year-old inn was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill, whose ancestral home is nearby Blenheim Palace. Over the past 30 years, the de Savary family has transformed the place into a luxurious destination, whether it’s just for a quiet pint, a meal or overnight stay. In the high-ceilinged, beamed restaurant, pub classics are served alongside more innovative daily specials. A starter of River Windrush crayfish and Devon crab cocktail might be followed by pan-roasted Burford chicken and Madeira jus.
Real ales: Brakspear Bitter & Oxford Gold, Wychwood Hobgoblin
Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press
Credit cards accepted
Play area available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
N'bound: M40 junct 8, A40 (S'bound M40 junct 9, A34) towards Oxford. From Oxford ringroad follow Cheltenham signs. 14m, follow Carterton & Minster Lovell signs. Through Minster Lovell, right at T-junct, 2nd left signed Old Swan & Minster Mill