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The Elephant & Castle

Traditional Cotswold stone coaching inn

At a glance

Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Locals play Aunt Sally or shove-ha'penny in this 15th-century coaching inn’s big wood-floored bar, whilst the lounge boasts a bar-billiards table and a large inglenook fireplace. External features include an arch that used to straddle the former Banbury to Chipping Norton turnpike; at night the gates of the pub were closed, and no traffic could get over the toll bridge. Today the menu offers toasties and baguettes, and favourites like scampi, crispy cod and vegetarian shepherd’s pie. The bar serves seasonal and guest ales as well as Westons ciders. The beer festival in June is part of the Bloxfest Music Festival.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 10–3 6–12 (Friday 10–3 5–2am Saturday 10am–2am Sunday 10am–midnight)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival
  • Cider festival


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • Baby change


  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Take A361 from Banbury towards Chipping Norton, 1st left after shops in Bloxham.

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