The Killingworth Castle

Woodstock, Oxfordshire

A sprint from London: a Cotswolds pub modernised with sympathy and care. Happy staff, organic ales and food, gorgeous rooms


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


The family behind The Ebrington Arms has renovated this 17th-century inn, around the corner from Blenheim Palace, to its former glory with beautifully restored bedrooms too. Wood floors sweep from side bar to main bar to dining room, burners in brick fireplaces belt out heat and the set menu is a steal. Smiling staff ferry own-brewed Yubby Bitter, Goldie and Yawnie to locals, dog walkers and drinkers; the rest are here for the food: roast venison and faggot croquette with beetroot dauphinoise, kale and juniper; blackberry and frangipane tart. And the best chips in Oxfordshire! The pub won three stars from the Soil Association for its commitment to organic food but you’ll also find organic wine. There’s a nifty selection of malt whiskies, or try a pint of their home-brewed in the garden. Bedrooms are upstairs and down – all have original art, handmade sturdy beds and the softest linen. Muted tartan blankets keep you warm and there are organic toiletries and roll top baths.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Open all day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

A box of dog treats, water bowls and a beer garden to sit in.

Dogs £10 per dog per night.

7-mile walk Wychwood forest; 8.5 mile Wootton Circular walk; short rambles too. Two dog-friendly rooms.

Starters £6-£8. Mains £13-£21.


Nightly price
from £110
2 doubles; 6 kingsize rooms. No children under 16.
8 Doubles
From £110


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from

  • Less than a ten minute drive to the famous Blenheim Palace. Book our Blenheim Package for discounted tickets.
  • Sir Winston Churchill himself used to be a regular at 'The Killy'.
  • Close by are Bicester Shopping Village and Oxford if you fancy treating yourself!
  • We’ve been Oxford Mail’s Restaurant of the Year and their Pub of the Year, and hold 2 AA Rosettes for our food – prepare to feast in style!
  • The pub is perfectly poised for cultural days out in Oxford or shopping at Bicester and Daylesford before returning to a country foodie pub with style
  • Independently owned for 7 years by the team behind The Ebrington Arms