Horse & Groom
“Charming, historic inn and great sausages” - AA Inspector
A lovely thatched coaching inn, set in the heart of north Oxfordshire and well known for the Bastille Day beer festival held every July. It’s a cosy, welcoming place, dating back to the 16th century, with Black Sheep Best bitter on tap and an interesting, seasonally-changing menu. Check out the specials, which might include pork rillette with pulled pork pâté and home-made chutney; crispy braised leg of lamb, sautéed potatoes and leeks; or chargrilled beef burger. There’s a dedicated sausage menu, too – maybe try the gluten-free Creole Jazz; Toulouse garlic; or wild boar with cider and Calvados – all served with chips or mash and baked beans or peas.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: 2
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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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