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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Accomplished modern cooking in medieval hotel

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

This former coaching inn has its origins in the Middle Ages, although the kitchen clearly has its fingers on the pulse of today's tastes. Plump, lightly caramelised scallops are offset by buttery chorizo salsa and charred leeks, to be followed perhaps by seared loin of Highland venison with figs, celeriac, smoked Jerusalem artichoke and port jus. Fish gets a decent airing among main courses: for instance, accurately timed pan-seared fillet of wild brill accompanied by baby squid, sweetcorn and creamed potato. The kitchen's attention to detail extends to canapés, and puddings can be a visual delight: deeply flavoured dark chocolate tart, say, with cherry salsa and noteworthy pistachio ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): James Mearing

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern, Traditional British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 30
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 26
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M40 junction 9 follow signs for Oxford and Blenheim Palace. A44 to town centre, hotel on left.

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