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The Nag’s Head, Abingdon

Muddy says: A classic, cosy British pub perched on the Thames’ riverbank in Abingdon, with its own lovely stunning garden island.

Fancy dining on an island? Okay, okay, it’s not the Caribbean but still just as lovely and right here in our ‘hood!

Perched on Abingdon Bridge, The Nag’s Head has a belter of a location right on the Thames, with views of boats gliding down the the river and pretty Abbey Meadows from the large garden island (slap on the SPF, it’s a sun-trap in the summer).

The Island has it’s own menu with tapas, grill, black rock grill (food is served on a 440 celsius lava rock for you to cook to your liking), plus an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven – a dead cert hit with the little people. There’s also live jazz on Sundays, DJs on Fridays throughout summer and, for Sept and Oct, an al fresco cinema.

Inside you’ll find a cosy pub with a bar and restaurant serving Brakspear ales and classic British food made with seasonal, locally sourced produce – think burgers, hearty meat dishes and box baked Camembert.

There’s no parking at the pub (it’s a prime spot for walkers, plus dogs are welcome in the garden) but if you’re the designated driver, you can park in the small carpark by Abingdon Waitrose which is free up to two hours with a ticket.

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