This was probably always a hostelry of some sort: the big building sits on the road in the heart of the sleepy village, close to Bampton of Downton Abbey fame. Food is a big priority and chef, Richard Sandiford, cooks on an open fire in the centre of the dining room – a performance art. English lamb, beef, pork, oysters and hand cut chips – the menu is seasonal and local and children can make their own pizzas. Five pumps grace the bar: all local including Clavell & Hind’s, Rook Wood.
You breakfast on their own sausages, black pudding and charcuterie, curried egg kedgeree, devilled kidneys, freshly baked bread and local honey. Spill out into the garden on warm days, retire to bedrooms with gorgeous fabrics, soft feather and down, homemade biscuits and bathrooms with 100 Acres soaps and lotions. All well away from the bar area.
Walk onto the Thames Path from the village, hire bikes, unwind in lovely English countryside.