The Harcourt Arms

Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire

Among the neat rows of Cotswold houses, this ‘equally pristine’ 17th-century pub with extensions sideways and upwards, offers a 'really pleasant place to stay' as well as acting as a village social hub, with bar, restaurant and even a deli selling bread, cakes, coffee and local produce. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Among the neat rows of Cotswold houses, this ‘equally pristine’ 17th-century pub with extensions sideways and upwards offers a ‘really pleasant place to stay’ as well as acting as a village social hub, with bar, restaurant and even a deli selling bread, cakes, coffee and local produce. After a four-year make-over, there is still plenty of tradition in the beamed bar with rugs on flagstone floors and lots of comfy leather seating – on cold days ‘wood-burning stoves, all lit and cosy’. Bedrooms blend modern comforts with vintage pieces, bold patterned headboards, original artwork, a coffee machine and posh toiletries. The dual-aspect Blenheim Suite has a bespoke four-poster, a stand-alone copper bathtub and a lounge area. Staff are ‘terrific and unjaded’. In the restaurant, the short menu ranges from pub classics to more unusual dishes. Grilled butternut squash with cavolo nero, goat’s curd and apple syrup, and a venison ‘Barnsley chop’ were ‘greatly enjoyed’. Sadly, trusted readers this year had a disappointing meal, and wondered if the chef was having a day off, or an off day: ‘What a pity! This is otherwise a pleasant place.’

Hotel details

Address

Stanton Harcourt
Witney
Oxfordshire
OX29 5RJ
England

Telephone

01865 416516

Bedrooms

10. 1 garden room across small rear courtyard suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, kitchen closed Sun evening.

Facilities

snug bar, dining bar, restaurant, ½-acre garden, in-room TV (Freeview), all ground floor wheelchair accessible from parking bays to rear, adapted toilet.

Background music

in all public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, family rooms.

Dogs

allowed in bar only.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B (continental breakfast) doubles from £111, singles from £105, family from £125. Cooked breakfast charged per item, full English £14, 
à la carte £30.