35. 10 on ground floor, 2 suitable for disabled.
lounge, library, bar/restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, rear garden with summerhouse.
‘very light’ in restaurant and bar.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B from £225, D,B&B from £299. Set dinner £37.50, à la carte £35 (plus 12½% discretionary service charge). 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
An open fire in the entrance hall sets the tone at Jeremy Mogford’s clubby, upmarket hotel, a much-extended 17th-century building where visitors give in to the charms of bookish Oxford. The owner’s fine collection of paintings and artwork hangs in the public spaces; guests are encouraged to explore the town on the hotel’s wicker-basketed bicycles; a private library, well stocked with tomes on art, literature, culture, politics and local history, is ‘a particular joy’. Bedrooms are modern, with a marble bathroom; some have their own terrace overlooking the garden. ‘My well-equipped room was nicely furnished and blissfully quiet.’ Among the ‘special touches’: fresh flowers, and a bedside booklet of short stories by winners of the annual Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing. Make time for afternoon tea with home-baked scones. Bistro-style lunches and dinners – perhaps roasted beetroot, goat’s curd and watercress salad; fillet steak tartare, chips – are ‘pleasantly served’ in the restaurant. ‘We thought the dining room charming, with its informal seating, and charcoal-grey walls hung with portraits.’ Breakfast languidly, till late. (CR, VM, PJ)