The Mole Inn
“A top-notch pub/restaurant just outside Oxford” - AA Inspector
TOOT BALDON, OXFORDSHIRE
The lovely 300-year-old Mole, with its stripped beams, terracotta floors and leather sofas, is a true destination pub for those homing in on the Hook Norton real ales and house specials, notably spicy fishcakes, made from daily-delivered fish, and Thai shredded duck. Steaks are hung for a minimum of 28 days, and there's always an emphasis on local and free-range produce. There's a daily changing specials board, and vegetarians and vegans are well catered for. Guests can call ahead with any special requests and dietary requirements. Don't forget to check out the lovely landscaped gardens – it's well worthwhile. To answer the obvious question about the village name, ‘toot’ was Old English for a look-out place.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- 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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