The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Local pubs

Perfect family pizza pub in Cuxham

5 Dec 2016

Say hello to the Half Moon at Cuxham, a pizza specialising pub that’s so family friendly I’m tempted to ask the landlady to babysit. Vaska, originally from Macedonia, took over this rundown joint last year, and has clearly had a vision to create a welcoming, unpretentious, family-centric experience, and I have to say that she has totally nailed it.

It helps that there’s a steady stream of trampers going by her front door, thanks to Cuxham’s pretty brick and colour-washed timber-framed cottages and proximity to easy walks.

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Top 12 cosy pubs for chilly days

7 Nov 2016

Snow’s coming, you say? Are you kidding me?! We’ve had a brilliant run of mild weather, but winter’s definitely getting ready to hit where it hurts.

Nothing for it, then, but to dig out the ski socks, slip a sneaky hipflask into your pocket, and choose one of these supercosy pubs (with great food of course) to take refuge in. My Top 12 cosy pubs is selected partly on area, to make sure that those of you who live up near Banbury and Buckingham are catered for as much as those in Wallingford and Gerrard’s Cross, and it’s a starter list really because I could have gone on and on! See how these ones fit for size and if you feel that I’ve made a horrific error in omitting your totally awesome local pop a comment on the bottom and I’ll go and review it pronto for you.

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EAT HERE: The Chequers, Berrick Salome

5 Oct 2016

I reviewed this attractive flint and brick pub in the quiet rural village of Berrick Salome, near Watlington, about a year ago, when it just been bought by Mark and Sandra Duggan, ex Carluccio stalwarts who’d left to make a success of the small,  foodie The Three Tuns in Henley. At the time I enjoyed it, but it was early days for the reincarnation, particularly as The Chequers was still holding onto a less than stellar reputation from the previous owners, so it was fairly quiet when I visited and it had the vibe of potential rather than than polish.

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The Rickety Press reborn

31 Aug 2016

Last time I went into the Rickety Press in Oxford’s hip enclave of Jericho, it was a gastro-local pub with a Michelin Bib Gourmand to its name. It was good, but competition in the gastropub field is bonkers because everyone’s at it now aren’t they? Clearly the Rickety owners sensed a better opportunity offering a more limited menu delivered with greater aplomb because  lo! – they have become a pub specialising in superior burgers and pizzas.

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Roald Dahl’s lickswishy local

22 Aug 2016

On a blowy, overcast day last month I found a little ray of sunshine in the handsome red brick walls of the 15th century The Nag’s Head in Great Missenden.  Very much a local’s pub – Roald Dahl being the most famous local of all and such a fan that The Nag’s Head featured in Fantastic Mr Fox. But importantly this rural pub also punches well above its weight on the food front, with an AA rosette for culinary excellence and several regional awards.

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Review: The Bull and Butcher, Turville

16 Aug 2016

Whilst getting piddled on my sunlounger in Ibiza last month I had the uncomfortable feeling I’d forgotten to do something for work, and then it hit me – I was due to review The Bull & Butcher pub in Turville. Fortunately for Muddy, my friend and fellow journo is none other than Thame resident Kerry Potter, a truly brilliant writer (*sniff*) who is not only Contributing Editor at Elle and Books Editor of Grazia, but also regular writer for The Pool, The Times and more glossies than you can shake a stick at.

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The best pizzas in North Oxfordshire?

12 Aug 2016

I’m writing this feature with a smile on my face because, truly, it was such a delight to find The Red Lion in the sleepy village of Steeple Aston (between Banbury and Bicester if you don’t know it). If you’re a regular Muddy reader, you’ll know already that the lifeblood of the blog is to find things in Bucks and Oxon that have something special that lifts them from the ordinary, and here’s a delicious nugget for you.

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