The White Horse

“Thatched pub with literary connections”



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Built in Elizabethan times, this ancient, black-and-white timbered village pub appears as if on cue after an invigorating walk along the Ridgeway and White Horse Hill (NT), Uffington. It is said that Thomas Hughes (of Tom Brown’s Schooldays fame) penned some of his works here; indeed, one is called The Scouring of the White Horse. Upholstered stools line the traditional bar, and the fireplace conceals two priest holes which you can see if you don't mind getting your knees grubby. A weekday lunch could be pie of the day with potatoes and veg, or a super-food salad. For dinner, how about slow-braised ox cheeks, horseradish mash and onion sauce? The pub has a garden, although dogs are welcome throughout.

The White Horse


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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