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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. So, start perhaps with salt-cured beef brisket and bacon terrine with dill pickles and brown sauce, or mackerel with lime, pomegranate, tomato and quinoa salad, guacamole and jalapeño sorbet. Mains partner roast wood pigeon breast and smoked leg ragout with pickled beetroot, potato and lovage terrine. Black crowdie and oatmeal cheesecake served with passionfruit and mango makes a great finish to an enjoyable meal.

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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(s): 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

Additional information

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

Getting here

From B4507, 4 miles west of Wantage, turn right to Sparsholt. The Star Inn signed

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