The Horse & Groom Inn
“A traditional Cotswold pub with daily-changing menus” - AA Inspector
The 17th-century Horse & Groom still has many traditional elements such as stone floors, a wood-burning stove, and delightful snug area, but is very much in the 21st century otherwise. The contemporary dining room seats 50, and the daily-changing menus are bursting with dishes created from local produce. Start off with chicken liver pâté topped with port jelly; followed by steaks or burgers; Thai red chicken and pepper curry; or cripsy chilli pork. Vegetarians have interesting choices too – beer-battered haloumi; or Thai red sweet potato, red pepper and spinach curry.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £12.50
- Closed: false
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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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