The Killingworth Castle

Woodstock, Oxfordshire

A sprint from London: a Cotswolds pub modernised with sympathy and care. Happy staff, top local ales, gorgeous rooms, and set lunch a steal


10 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! Famous for their real ales, the focus is on small brewers; wines showcase independent makers; there’s a nifty selection of malt whiskies, or try a pint of their home-brewed in the big beer garden. Oh, and the bedrooms! Some upstairs, some down, all with handpicked art, handmade sturdy beds and the softest linen. Muted tartan blankets keep you warm on winter nights, roll top baths sit on patterned tiled floors and there’s a complementary decanter of sherry to start you off. Glorious.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • 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
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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.

7-mile walk Wychwood forest; 8.5 mile Wootton Circular walk; short rambles too. 1 dog-friendly room.

Starters £6-£8. Mains £13-£21. Midweek set menu 2 courses £11.95.


Nightly price
from £99
2 doubles; 6 kingsize rooms
10 Doubles
From £99


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Claire & Jim Alexander

  • Less than a ten minute drive to the famous Blenheim Palace. We sell discounted tickets too!! Ask for more information upon booking.
  • 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 have held an AA rosette and Michelin Bib Gourmand for the past three years – prepare to feast in style!
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