The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

Faringdon, Oxfordshire

A smart riverside inn with airy interiors that brim with character - old beams, open fires, well-kept ales and chic rooms wait


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


A 17th-century Cotswold inn on the banks of the Thames; pick up a pint, drift into the garden, watch the world float by. Inside you find all the trimmings of a lovely old pub: timber frames, exposed stone walls, a wood-burner to keep things toasty, local ales on tap at the bar. Logs are piled high in alcoves, good art hangs on the walls, old flagstones lead to the bar where delicious food ranges from classics to posh nosh, perhaps fish and chips, chargrilled rainbow trout, or liquorice glazed ox cheek. Finish with a hazelnut nougat parfait. Bedrooms at the back are away from the crowd; three open onto a small courtyard where wild roses ramble. You get smart fabrics, trim carpets, monsoon showers (two rooms have a claw-foot bath), DVD players and flat-screen TVs. Sleigh beds, brass beds, smartly upholstered armchairs… the suite has a roof terrace. You can watch boats pass as you indulge in a leisurely homemade breakfast with local teas and coffee. Oxford’s cultural delights are a stone’s throw away, there are maps for walkers, and you can even get married, riverside, in the garden.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Mains from £13.95. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30. Sunday lunch from £14.95.


Nightly price
from £110
Travel cots & z-beds available on request.
2 Doubles
From £110
3 Twin/doubles
From £110
1 Suite for 4
From £140


We had a fabulous stay. The staff were welcoming, friendly and all round excellent. They could not have been more helpful, ready and willing to ask the chef when we asked about the food, which was seriously delicious. I recommend the puy lentil salad, and the rainbow trout was perfect. Home-made breads, lovely rooms, and our dog was made very comfortable too. We met the owner, who was charming, and we did not realise it was him until we read about the pub after our visit. We cannot wait to go back again, and it was a wonderful experience, we cannot rave about it more.

Angela, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Fiona Moucq

  • Kelmscott Manor – William Morris’ country residence, run by the Society of Antiquaries of London the house is in amazing condition. The gardens are well worth a visit.
  • Buscot Park and Gardens – a beautiful Italianate House close by, a vast collection of art and now run by the National Trust. Blenheim Palace is also close by and worth the drive..
  • Something to celebrate? Our spacious private dining room looking out onto the garden makes a great spot for special occasions.
  • Downton Abbey – for any adoring fan of the series, Bampton our nearest village was used to film the scenes for the church and the streets. Many of the houses in the village will be familiar for viewers of the series.
  • Thames Path – for serious walkers and those who just want a dawdle before a good lunch – the path stretches adjacent to the inn.
  • We are proud to have received one AA Rosette, a Breakfast Award and 4 Star Gold and for our accommodation by the AA. We are also part of the Pub Group of the year 2016 by The Good Pub Guide.