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The Crown Inn, Church Enstone

Muddy says: A beautifully appointed, traditional 17th century Cotswold stone inn near Chipping Norton with locally source produce and five en-suite rooms.

Last August The Crown Inn, in the pretty rural Oxon village of Church Enstone, nr Chipping Norton, was taken over by local artist George Irvine and his wife Victoria who’ve given the 17th century building a subtle yet stylish revamp.

It’s now a country pub at it’s best with Cotswold stone, exposed beams, cosy flag stoned bar area, heritage chic interiors and atmospheric log fire which is offset with arty quirks like a piano, vintage furniture, modern art and books piled up in every nook and cranny. There’s also an adjoining conservatory and secluded, sunny garden.

The inn has five, cosy en-suite bedrooms, each individually designed with bucketfuls of character – think original beams, quaint low ceiling and wonky floors.

You can also stay in brand new self-catering Crown Cottage or the adjoining one-bed studio added this year. Set across three floors, the cottage has two bedrooms, free-standing tub and log fire, whilst the studio is an open-plan one bed. The new accommodation can be booked out separately or together for a larger party. Dogs welcome.

The menu is full of pubby favourites and has local produce at its heart, with head chef Chris Taylor sourcing fresh, seasonal produce from local suppliers. There’s an impressive selection of homemade puddings (yum!), on Fridays you can get takeaway fish and chips and on Sundays there’s your obligatory roast offering which changes weekly. For drinks, there are a traditional selection of Hook Norton and seasonal ales, a curated wine list and gin menu.

The Crown Inn’s restaurant and conservatory are available to hire out for events.

 

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