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Imaginative cooking and Cotswold ales

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi
Functions catered

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 mackerel and beetroot salad with toasted hazelnuts and a dill and raspberry dressing; feta stuffed peppers; venison saddle with truffle mash, honey-glazed carrots and juniper jus; or John Dory fillets with crushed potato, artichokes, vine tomatoes and beurre blanc sauce. For dessert, perhaps the chocolate brownie with white chocolate ice cream, or the pecan and walnut tart with Amaretto ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 10am-11pm (Friday to Saturday 10am-12.30am)
  • Lunch: all week all day
  • Dinner: all week all day

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Bull Bitter (brewed for pub), Hook Norton Old Hooky, Wye Valley Butty Bach
  • Real ciders: Lilley's Fire Dancer

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M40 junction 8, A40, A44 follow Woodstock/Blenheim Palace signs. Through Woodstock take B4437 to Charlbury, pub at crossroads in town

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