The Falkland Arms
“Ancient inn replete with English character” - AA Inspector
GREAT TEW, OXFORDSHIRE
Named after Lucius Carey, 2nd Viscount Falkland, who inherited the manor of Great Tew in 1629, this venerable creeper-clad inn, at the end of a charming row of Cotswold-stone cottages, is a classic. Its wooden floors, exposed beams, high-backed settles, low stools and an inglenook fireplace characterise the intimate bar; a huge collection of beer and cider mugs and jugs hangs from the ceiling. Wadworth ales vary from the well-known such as 6X, to various seasonals from the brewery’s Victorian Brew House and Beer Kitchen. The menu mixes modern with traditional, but attention to the provenance of ingredients is an overriding factor here. Small plates include faggots, mashed potatoes with onion gravy. The butcher’s board presents pork pie, chicken liver pâté, honey-roast ham, Scotch egg, chutney and rustic bread. Expect to find poached salmon or pan-seared chicken breast among the main courses. Finish with bread and butter pudding or a seasonal fruit crumble.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Open all year
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About The area
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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