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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Garden
Kids play area
Free Wi-Fi

Mark and Kay Chandler’s 500-year-old former chantry house is steeped in history and has been a pub since 1580 when St John’s College in Oxford leased it to tenants but reserved the right to ‘occupy it if driven from Oxford by pestilence’ – so far this has not been invoked! The building is breathtaking and boasts a grand hall with a 15th-century arch-braced roof, original oak beams, flagstone floors, and huge stone-flanked windows. For a table with a view there’s still a splendid 30ft high minstrels’ gallery overlooking the restaurant. Study the wonderful history and architecture over a pint of local Loose Cannon Abingdon Bridge, Loddon Hullabaloo or Sharp’s Doom Bar, or one of the 14 wines served by the glass in the character bar – in winter arrive early to bag the table beside the roaring fire. Awarded two AA Rosettes for his food, chef/owner Mark is steadfast in his pursuit of fresh, seasonal food from trusted local suppliers and their own kitchen garden provides a regular supply of fruit and vegetables. Mark’s cooking reveals a high level of technical skill and his menus change daily, perhaps featuring rabbit, langoustine and artichoke crumble, wild garlic crust; or sweet potato and orange soup among the starters. To follow, try slow-roasted belly of Kelmscott pork, apple, carrots, celeriac purée, crackling and cider jus; or roast skate wing, sea vegetables, new potatoes and cockle butter. Then sticky rum and date sponge, hazelnut tuille, caramelised bananas. Fish, antipasti or meze sharing boards are great for nibbles. The lunchtime set menu is great value.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Mon (ex BHs)
  • Opening times: 12-3 5.30-11 (Sat 12-11 Sun 12-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Tue-Sat 12-2.30, Sun 12-3.30
  • Dinner opening: Tue-Thu 6.45-9.30, Fri-Sat 6.45-9.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales: Sharp's Doom Bar, Loddon Hullabaloo, Loose Cannon Abingdon Bridge, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Cheddar Valley, Thatchers Gold

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available

Getting here

7m S of Oxford, just off A420 (Oxford to Swindon road)

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