Wild Thyme Restaurant
“Contemporary style and a regional flavour” - AA Inspector
CHIPPING NORTON, OXFORDSHIRE
Our Inspector's view
Grade II listed and 400 years old, this smart little restaurant with rooms (35 covers and three bedrooms) has original features on show, but the place feels bright and contemporary just the same. That's down to the easy-going look of exposed stone walls, modern artworks and white-painted woodwork, with the wooden tables left unclothed. Chef-patron Nick Pullen seeks out top-notch seasonal regional produce and cooks smart, contemporary British food that deals in intelligent flavour combinations.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 35
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 19
- Wines over £30: 21
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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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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