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History and tradition blend with stylish modernity

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year

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.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 7am-11pm (Sunday 8am-10pm)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-3, Sunday 12-8
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6-10, Sunday 12-8

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Brakspear, Oxford Gold, Guinness

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

On A4130 between Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford

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