The Sparsholt

“Reinvented inn with accomplished food” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

WANTAGE, OXFORDSHIRE

Official Rating
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Inside this solid 300-year-old inn in the quintessentially English village of Sparsholt, all is decluttered and open plan with chunky wooden furniture and plain white walls, and the food is precise with a suitably modern accent. Sitting on the sheltered terrace in warm weather is delightful, and the staff are knowledgeable and very friendly. The wine list is extensive.

The Sparsholt
Watery Lane, Sparsholt, WANTAGE, OX12 9PL

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 21
  • Wines over £30: 20
  • Wines by the glass: 12
  • Cuisine style: Modern British

About the area

Discover Oxfordshire

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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