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The Sir Charles Napier

An amazing dining experience among the Chiltern beechwoods

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Wheelchair access
Free Wi-Fi

Despite being well and truly hidden down rural Oxfordshire lanes, this one is definitely worth seeking out. Named after the British Army general who became commander-in-chief in India in the 19th century, this sublime flint-and-brick destination dining inn is just 10 minutes from the M40. Locally-felled timber fuels the fires in the bars, while further neighbourhood exploitation is evidenced by the hedgerow and field-sourced herbs, fungi, berries and game. You can eat inside, on the vine-covered terrace or under the cherry trees beside Michael Cooper's big, black marble sculptures and watch red kites soaring overhead. Once you negotiated their extensive and highly praised wine list take a look at the blackboards and seasonally inspired menus. Here you could find dishes such as Cornish crab, kohlrabi, white soy and coriander; venison tartare with coal oil and charred focaccia; yuzu-glazed Goosnargh duck, confit leg, croustillant, carrot and cumin; roast stone bass with linguine, mussels and samphire; and braised ox cheek, horseradish mash, oyster beignet and red wine jus.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December
  • Days closed: Monday, Sunday evening
  • Opening times: 12-4 6-12 (Sunday 12-6)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12-2.30
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Friday 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Rebellion

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


  • Ramp access available

Getting here

M40 junction 6, B4009 to Chinnor. Right at roundabout to Spriggs Alley

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