The Lamb at Buckland
“Hearty, well-made food and friendly service” - AA Inspector
So often the word 'Cotswold' prefixes 'stone', but today it can also appear on the labels of the gin, vodka and lager available at the 17th-century Lamb, because they're all made in nearby Bourton-on-the-Water. The pub lies down a cul-de-sac in a group of similar-vintage cottages. Owners Richard and Shelley Terry are experienced chefs, although Shelley is usually front-of-house. Localness is paramount, as testified, for example, by the real ales, the game shot by a pub regular, and the many vegetables grown in the kitchen garden. Typical dishes include butternut squash and sage arancini with rocket and parmesan salas; gin-cured salmon with fennel and lemon salad; whole oven-roasted West Country Partridge, served carved with rosti potato, leek gratin with a pancetta and rosemary crumble; and pan-roasted fillet of ling, roasted Jerusalem artichokes with wild mushrooms and truffle oil. Among the desserts are chocolate and peanut butter iced parfait with chocolate sauce; and poached pineapple Eton mess. Steak Night is every Wednesday.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- 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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