Crooked Billet

“Excellent menu in a 17th-century pub with ample character”



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Down a narrow, winding lane, lined with beech and oak trees, this mid 17th-century pub was one of notorious highwayman Dick Turpin's hideouts. Since he was involved with the landlord's daughters that makes sense. Many of its finest features are unchanged, including the low beams, tiled floors, open fires and the absence of a bar – beer is drawn directly from casks in the cellar. Local produce and organic fare are the kitchen's mainstays, with set lunches typified by seared Cornish sardines, tomato and anchovy salsa, samphire and green herb oil; slow-roast local Saddleback pork belly, creamed mash potato, pickled red cabbage, broccoli and jus; and lemon tart, raspberry coulis and cream. From the carte come stone bass, seared diver scallops, roast sweet potato, kale, lemon and parsley butter and crispy capers; and chicken breast baked in pancetta, lemon and chestnut stuffing with rösti potato, young carrots and winter greens.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
Crooked Billet


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Parking available
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Oxfordshire

Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.

The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.

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