“A Georgian country pub with the fine dining ethos” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
The whitewashed Georgian pub stands on a country road in the unruffled environs of Binfield Heath, but this is no mere pie-and-a-pint operation. Liam Trotman and Ryan Simpson have between them transformed the place into a beacon of modern British gastronomy, to the extent of being around 75% self-sufficient in fresh produce in the summer months, and filling every interior nook and cranny with tables so that the emphasis is very much on dining. There are new-fangled ideas aplenty, but allied to highly burnished classical technical skills, seen in an opener of flavour-drenched, lightly cooked mackerel with pickled cucumber and ozone-fresh sea veg. Acknowledgement of the original pub ethos is evident in a dish that builds a slew of shredded ham hock with a runny egg yolk, bitter endive and dots of fiery mustard on an underlay of crumbled black pudding. For main, there could be seared cod on shredded tromboncino squash with sprouts and chicken jus, or wonderfully tender muntjac venison with its little cottage pie, sprouting broccoli and wild garlic. A moistly seductive bitter orange marmalade frangipane tart with blood-orange ice cream is a dessert with class, or consider the luscious honey sponge with yogurt, granola and sultanas.
Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 35
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 3
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 15
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 14
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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