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AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

Presiding over Charlbury’s main street, this handsome stone-fronted 16th-century free house, now with new owners, is a conveniently short hop from Woodstock, Blenheim Palace and other attractions of the Cotswolds. Outside, their vine-covered terrace is a lovely backdrop for a drink or meal in summer. The bar offers Bull Bitter (brewed for the pub) and weekly guest ales. The concise menus might feature beetroot- and gin-cured salmon, cucumber and horseradish cream; steak tartare, cornichons, capers and crème fraîche; local venison, green wheat, spinach and rose harissa; or gilt-head bream, purple sprouting broccoli, samphire and caper butter. For dessert perhaps, forced rhubarb and pear crumble and vanilla ice cream; or sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and clotted cream.

Opening hours

  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 10am-11pm (Fri-Sat 10am-12.30am)
  • Lunch opening: all wk all day
  • Dinner opening: all wk all day

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Bull Bitter (brewed for pub), guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Getting here

M40 junct 8, A40, A44 follow Woodstock/Blenheim Palace signs. Through Woodstock take B4437 to Charlbury, pub at x-roads in town

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