The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

Beside a narrow bridge over the River Thames, Gareth and Helen Pugh's 'unpretentious' 17th-century pub/restaurant is liked for the 'great' food and 'friendly' staff. It is popular with locals and boating visitors; six moorings are free if you dine in the restaurant. The atmosphere is informal and the decor 'unfussy': contemporary colour schemes combined with traditional materials. The Pughs, who have two young sons, welcome visiting children with toys and games. Young Charlie Pugh (who likes plain and simple cooking) helped design a children's menu (dishes like sausages and mash, onion gravy). His brother, Alexander ('bon viveur in the making'), suggested 'we offer smaller portions of most things including mussels'. Chef Pascal Clavaud prepares modern dishes, perhaps trio of Kelmscott pork, parsnip dauphinoise, curly kale. The bedrooms are 'thoughtfully' decorated and equipped. A reader who enjoyed the cooking this year thought his room looked 'tired'; other visitors thought their room was 'the best pub accommodation we have stayed in'. Breakfast has home-made bread, a well-stocked sideboard and interesting cooked choices. (K and PW, and others)

  • The unflappable Helen Pugh is the heart and soul of the Trout. High marks all round, especially the food. the house is simply and thoughtfully decorated throughout. A warm welcome in a quiet rural setting.

    Tara Varco, 29/08/2014

  • A very enjoyable stay. The walcome was warm. The staff were helpful. Much thought had gone into the design of our room, making it one of the best pub bedrooms we have stayed in. Dinner very acceptable, breakfast as good.

    Ken and Priscilla Winslow , 19/01/2012

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Local attractions

Blenheim Palace
Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill
Carswell Golf Club
A par-72, 18-hole golf course.
Chimney Meadow Nature Reserve
A nature reserve on the banks of the Thames.

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Contact Details

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

BUCKLAND MARSH Oxfordshire England SN7 8RF


01367 870382

Further Information


6, 3 in courtyard.


all year except 25/26 Dec.


bar, dining area, breakfast area, free Wi-Fi, 2-acre garden (river, moorings).

Background music



all ages welcomed.



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[2013] per room B&B £130, D,B&B £190. À la carte £28. 1-night bookings refused Sat.