Inn for All Seasons
“Old coaching inn at gateway to the Cotswolds” - AA Inspector
Almost 800 square miles of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty open up hard by this handsome, stone-built 16th-century pub with guest accommodation. Like many old inns it started out somewhat differently, in this case as quarrymen's cottages, before the dawn of the coaching age offered new opportunities. Inside, find an abundance of oak beams, flagstone floors, big fireplaces, leather chairs and conversation-piece memorabilia. Given the inn's name, expect winter, spring etc menus, on which might appear, for example, pork and cranberry schnitzel, baked gnocchi, and Thai curry, and daily fish from Devon and Cornwall. Ten wines are available by the glass, with real ales from local-ish breweries, such as Wye Valley. Take the dog into the beautiful gardens.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- 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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