Good Hotel Guide Review
In the Vale of the White Horse guests enjoy ‘delicious’ food, ‘exceptional’ accommodation, and a ‘fine welcome’ at this 18th-century country pub with ‘a lovely beer garden’. Owners Martyn Reed and Catriona Galbraith have ‘given the red brick building a new lease of life’, transforming it into both an idyllic retreat and the focal point of ‘a village full of birdsong’, with events including jazz and pizza nights, garden parties, a monthly quiz. Downstairs, dining areas branch from the earthy-hued main bar (craft ales, well-chosen wine), with leather club chairs around brick fireplaces. Here, visitors and regulars enjoy chef Liam Whittle’s ‘imaginative’ menus, served by ‘friendly staff’: such dishes as pan roasted duck breast, pickled blackberries, fondant potatoes, and chicory. Upstairs, the ‘comfortable’ bedrooms have a contemporary country style with mellow beams and splashes of colour from cushions, throws and artwork. All have fresh milk, home-made biscuits, a Roberts radio; and a ‘smart, well-lit bathroom’ with Bramley toiletries, a bath, a monsoon shower, or both. Breakfast brings ‘a small buffet, good cooked dishes’. (AT, and others)
all year except 24/25 Dec, 5–16 Jan, Mon lunchtime.
bar with snug, 3 dining rooms (1 available for private dining/meetings), function room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), garden, bar/restaurant, garden wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
occasionally in public rooms.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 3 bedrooms, bar, garden, not dining rooms.
per room B&B single £80–£130, double £95–£155, D,B&B £155–£205. À la carte £35, 2-course Midweek Fix dinner (Wed) £14.