The Crown Inn
“Box-ticking Cotswold-stone village pub”
CHURCH ENSTONE, OXFORDSHIRE
If log fires in an inglenook, old village photos and a beamed dining room sound like your thing, look no further. Similarly, if you'd enjoy a pint of Hook Norton Hooky Bitter, or a glass of Pinot Grigio on a cottage garden terrace overlooking thatched, honey-coloured stone cottages, this 17th-century inn will tick even more boxes. In the slate-floored conservatory, the compact menu might offer fettuccine with mushrooms, rocket, pesto and cream; and roast belly of Cotswold pork, with apple sauce, crackling and cider gravy. Among the day's specials might be breaded John Dory fillets with chips and mushy peas; or winter vegetable, sweet potato, bean and spinach curry with rice.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £11
- Closed: false
- Micro Brewery Ale
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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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