Royalist and parliamentary soldiers frequently lodged in taverns during the English Civil War; this 15th-century inn reputedly billeted troops loyal to the King. During the 17th and 18th centuries the area was plagued by highwaymen, including the notorious Isaac Darkin who was eventually caught, tried and hung at Oxford Gaol. Today the beautifully restored property is favoured by a stylish crowd who appreciate the chic bar and restaurant. Heading the beer list is locally-brewed Brakspear, backed by popular internationals and a small selection of cosmopolitan bottles. Food comprises typically English dishes interspersed with South African offerings such as grilled boerewors, polenta and sheeba sauce; bobotie; and Cape Malay curry. A wide choice of steaks take centre stage on the menu – tournedos Rossini, and surf 'n' turf are included. For dessert you’ll see stalwarts such as Eton Mess; banoffee pie; and hot chocolate sponge.