The Crooked Billet

Built in 1642, The Crooked Billet is a beautiful, unpretentious country pub surrounded by glorious countryside, famous for its cooking, roaring log fires, flagstone floors, inglenook & relaxed & friendly atmosphere. Great food; great service; al fresco dinning in the country garden. Find it hidden at the bottom of Newlands Lane, which runs down the side of Stoke Row village green.

Chef patron is Paul Clerehugh, who’s been shaking the pans there since 1989. A talented foodie championing local produce, the first ever pub chef to be given the highly coveted Craft Guild of Chef Award (previous recipients include Raymond Blanc & the Roux brothers). Paul hosts a weekly radio show Food on Friday for BBC Radio Berkshire.

The Sunday Times recently listed The Crooked Billet as one of Britain’s Best Places to Eat, it’s also Waitrose’s Favourite Foodie Pub. Matthew Norman, food critic of The Daily Telegraph, wrote “My new greatest regret is wasting almost 47 years before discovering The Crooked Billet. The poignancy of all the meals I’ve missed at this little inn, hidden away in picturesque rural Oxfordshire, is almost unbearable.”

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