The Old Bookbinders Ale House
“A fascinating family-run pub serving good French food”
Built in 1869 for workers from Oxford University Press, 'The Bookies' featured in the first episode of Inspector Morse, and more recently in The Hairy Bikers’ Pubs That Built Britain series. Its quirky decoration includes a train set on the ceiling and a barrel of ‘help-yourself’ monkey nuts. The menu offers snails in garlic butter; seared sea bass with French beans and crushed new potatoes; and a range of sweet and savoury crêpes.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £10.50
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
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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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