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Village local and destination dining venue

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Dog friendly

Local lad Mike North grew up dreaming of owning this thatched 15th-century free house overlooking the pond. Some 10 years ago his dream came true when he and Imogen, then his fiancée, bought it. Oak beams, wood-burners and unusual carvings are the setting for a range of ales, one of which from Tring delights in the name of Side Pocket for a Toad. But, as the Norths point out, real ales and an award-winning list of world wines don’t pay the bills. So Mike and his team have built an excellent local trade and an enviable destination dining reputation for cooking that has won two AA Rosettes. Commitment begins outside, where two thirds of an acre of the pub’s grounds are devoted to a kitchen garden. A typical menu promises parfait of Cotswold chicken livers with Nut Tree garden apple compote, noisette dressed leaves, followed by crown roasted breast of partridge, leg meat 'pastilla', seared foie gras, crozier blue cheese; pear and walnut gateau ends an excellent meal.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday evening
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–3
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 7–9, Friday to Saturday 6–9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M40 junction 9, A34 towards Oxford. Left onto B4027 signed Islip. At Red Lion turn left. Right signed Murcott, Fencott and Charlton-on-Otmoor. Pub on right in village.

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