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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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Reinvented inn with accomplished food

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass

Inside this solid 300-year-old inn in the quintessentially English village of Sparsholt, all is decluttered and open plan with chunky wooden furniture and plain white walls, and the food has a suitably modern accent. An impressive starter balances the richness of foie gras and duck liver parfait with pear chutney and granola, and comes with a buttery home-made brioche bun. Mains partner pan-fried halibut with sweet millet, purple sprouting broccoli, samphire, and a buttermilk cream sauce laden with squid, mussels and cockles. Dessert takes mango as a theme to play with, served in an iced parfait with nougat, and as a purée, powder and frozen carpaccio with rose sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef: Matt Williams

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 21
  • Wines over £30: 20
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 40
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 40

Getting here

From B4507, 4m W of Wantage, turn right to Sparsholt. The Star Inn signed

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