This 17th-century inn offers the best of all worlds: a rural setting on the edge of a classically good-looking Cotswold village; a cosy-contemporary interior with a bar much loved by locals (the owners even produce their own beer); very highly rated food; and relaxingly stylish bedrooms.
While Oxford is currently bursting at the seams with fantastic new restaurants and places to eat, it was an easy decision to make… for me there was only one contender.
Tuck into the sea bream with mash, samphire, fennel and tomato and you’ll never be content with a ploughman’s again.
There are too many places that just do a roast like it’s a burden rather than an event that should be remembered, so when someone takes a roast to the next level it is hugely refreshing.
A beautiful pub in a beautiful village that puts good food and a good time as the top priorities - this is a place to remember - and a reminder of why pubs are so ace.
Facing fields on the edge of honey-stone Wootton, the pub exudes rural tranquillity... It’s rustic-sleek with exposed-stone arches, wood floors, crackling fires and a long bar that is a very much a haunt of locals.
Country classic with fabulous food and rooms, ace beers and happy staff. Can I make a block booking?
A sprint from London: a Cotswolds pub modernised with sympathy and care. Happy staff, top local ales, the best chips in Oxfordshire and set lunch a steal.
You can instantly tell when the owners of a pub love what they do. It’s the little details: the Alan Partridge quotes on the wine list, the proud, hand painted signage and quirky earthenware crockery.