“Relaxed pub in Thames-side village” - AA Inspector
LOWER SHIPLAKE, OXFORDSHIRE
Maybe, like many, you’ll have reached this award-winning, family-run, traditional village inn on the Thames Path as it briefly leaves the river to run through Lower Shiplake and passes two minutes from its door. Alternatively, you may have alighted at Shiplake station just 100 metres away. The dog friendly bar is adorned with sporting memorabilia and is home to four real ales from the nearby Loddon and Rebellion breweries and 13 wines by the glass. Food-wise, the cuisine is modern British and European with a menu of classically based dishes that evolves with the seasons using fresh, locally sourced produce. With all dishes cooked to order, the restaurant is usually very busy, so booking is advisable. Lunch and evening menus include 3 pub classics and at lunch open sandwiches and lighter bites are on offer. Also available are bar Snacks (not Sundays) and a children’s’ menu and they happily cater for vegetarians and vegans. The wine list extends to over 70 bins and there is a selection of over 50 malt whiskies and 10 gins. In winter, cosy up to roaring log fires and is the summer dine alfresco in its beautiful garden.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: 1
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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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