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The Little Black Book: Pubs & Inns

  • The Oxford Arms, Kirtlington

    Muddy says: A quintessentially English pub 20 minutes north of Oxford, with log fires for winter and a and pretty patio garden. Please note: not suitable for under 12s.

  • The Maytime Inn, Asthall

    Muddy says: This traditional stone pub with stylish rooms, good food and a lovely garden with views over the countryside is a great base to explore the Cotswolds.

  • The Miller of Mansfield, Goring

    Muddy says: An award-winning 18th century coaching inn and foodie destination in the pretty riverside village of Goring, run by two former The Fat Duck group alumni.

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    The Anchor, Oxford

    Muddy says: A stylish neighbourhood pub in Oxford with superior food - well worth the short walk from Jericho's buzzy Walton Street.

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    The Bull & Butcher, Ludgershall

    Muddy says: A casual family-friendly pitstop between the tourist attractions of Waddesdon Manor and Bicester Village, serving good pub food with plenty of space for kids.

  • The Castle at Edgehill

    Muddy says: This imposing castle manages to combine elegance with a casual, relaxed vibe and is a great venue for drinks, eating out and your 'I do' moment.

  • The Angel at Burford

    Muddy says: A relaxed, authentic pub with rooms that offers award-winning food, from bar snacks to evening dinners in Burford, 'gateway to the Cotswolds'.

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    Yew Tree, Frieth

    Muddy says: A relaxed stylish gastropub in the beautiful Chilterns with a seasonal enticing menu and a real community feel.

  • The Bat & Ball Inn, Cuddesdon

    Muddy says: Casual pub for families, relaxed weekend lunches and evening drinks, and well priced rooms within easy reach of Oxford, each named after famous cricketers.

  • The Angel, Long Crendon

    Muddy says: The cooking at this rustic mid Bucks village pub is something else. No wonder it has a loyal legion of foodie fans.

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    The Lion, Bicester

    Muddy says: Ideally located close to the M40 and Bicester Village, this handsome stone pub with rooms has been recently refurbished by Oxfordshire super-brewers Brakspear.

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    The Mash Inn, Bennett End

    Muddy says: The Mash Inn offers open fire cooking and incredible dishes in beautiful rural surroundings. No under 16s allowed. Ideal for a special meal or a romantic stay.

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    Bottle & Glass Inn, Binfield Heath

    Muddy says: This looks like a trad country pub but the exquisite menu is anything but. The team previously won a Michelin star and we can totally see why.

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    The Red Lion, Cholsey

    Muddy says: New owners have breathed new life into this south Oxfordshire pub, with a stylish refurb with plenty of retro touches and a welcoming locals' vibe.

  • The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold

    Muddy says: England's self-proclaimed 'oldest inn' also happens to be one of the classiest I've stayed at, with stylish interiors, excellent gastrofare and luxe bedrooms. A big yes.

  • The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour

    Muddy says: Feels like popping into a very stylish friend’s house – who just happens to serve up delicious grub and can put you up in one of 15 luxe bedrooms.

  • The Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold

    Muddy says: A stylish new refurb of this Stow-on-the-Wold Inn takes it into must-try territory for pizza lovers and Cotwolds explorers.

  • The Bull on Bell Street, Henley

    Muddy says: Bar, pub, restaurant, cafe, brewery and delicious in every possible way, this stylish offering by local brewery Brakspear in Henley's town centre ticks all the Muddy boxes.

  • The Chequers, Marlow

    Muddy says: Meat eaters unite! The Chequers pub on Marlow's high street has been newly reinvented as a modern steak specialist. Just add wine and friends.

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    The Greyhound, Rotherfield Peppard

    Muddy says: Renowned for its wagyu beef, Anthony Worrall Thompson's The Greyhound offers gastro fare and is ideal for Sunday lunchers, families, dog-walkers and groups of friends.

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    The Old Thatched Inn, Adstock

    Muddy says: This pretty 16th century thatched inn in Adstock, near Buckingham, has its fair share of locals tumbling in for a pint but is actually a foodie destination in its own right.

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    The Crown Inn, Farnham Royal

    Muddy says: This refurbed 230 year old inn enjoys a happy location close to the beautiful Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve - ideal for dog walkers and family moochers!

  • The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis

    Muddy says: Winner of Best Destination Pub in the Muddy Awards 2018, this stylishly appointed pub with 8 bedrooms is all understated style and quiet confidence.

  • The Chequers at Burcot

    Muddy says: A 400 year old thatched inn in the tiny hamlet of Burcot, this recently refurbished pub boasts excellent food and fires a plenty - ideal for wintry days.

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    The Boxing Hare, Chipping Norton

    Muddy says: Take one Michelin chef, a London restauranteur, a smart cookie PR and a pretty stone pub and what do you get? Gastropub heaven in North Oxfordshire.

  • The Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross

    Muddy says: Michelin Bib Gourmand winners for the last 4 years, this handsome pub/restaurant near Gerrards Cross is close to a woodland walk and is very family-friendly.

  • Horse & Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill

    Muddy says: A perfect spot for exploring the Cotswolds, this honey-stone 17th century pub with B&B rooms has excellent gastro credentials.

  • Oak & Saw Village Inn, Taplow

    Muddy says: A friendly pub offering quality, unpretentious food in the picture perfect, well-heeled village of Taplow (close to Cliveden, for your kids or dogs to let off steam!).

  • Abingdon Arms, Beckley

    Muddy says: This community-owned 17th century pub in the quiet village of Beckley offers gorgeous views over fields and family-friendly walks across the Otmoor nature reserve.

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    The Shaven Crown, Shipton-under-Wychwood

    Muddy says: A stunning 700 year old inn opposite the church and village green in the heart of the Cotswolds with retro-country stylish rooms and a super dog-friendly vibe.

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    The Fox Inn at Boars Hill

    Muddy says: This handsome village pub in well-heeled Boars Hill has a rebooted menu and, with plenty of garden, is ideal for families. You can now take your pooch there too.

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    The Crown at Cuddington

    Muddy says: A pretty 17th century locals' thatched pub in the Midsomer Murder village of Cuddington, mid Bucks - so close to Muddy HQ it's very nearly my local!

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    The Cross Keys, Gt Missenden

    Muddy says: A friendly pub offering quality, unpretentious food in the picture perfect village of Great Missenden (close to the Roald Dahl Museum if you have kids!).

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    The Killingworth Castle, Woodstock

    Muddy says: A stylish, buzzy, superior gastropub with rooms and a lovely enclosed garden out the back, a stone's throw from Woodstock and Bicester Village.

  • The Pointer, Brill

    Muddy says: The Muddy Award winner for Best Destination Pub 2017 doesn't disappoint, with stylish interiors, a pretty villlage setting and some seriously foodie credentials.

  • The Lamb Inn, Burford

    Muddy says: So quaint it'll make American tourists explode with delight, this 15th century former weaver's cottage is a hidden Burford gem.

  • The Crown at Bray

    Muddy says: Part of Heston Blumenthal's empire, The Crown is a traditional village pub with food that's a cut above and great service.

  • The Hinds Head, Bray

    Muddy says: Swap poncey for a cool, quirky dining experience that works for all the family. It can only be the HInd's Head in Bray.

  • Jacobs Plough, Bicester

    Muddy says: Dog friendly pub with rooms with an emphasis on locally sourced traditional food in up-and-coming Bicester.

  • The Crown Inn, Sydenham

    Muddy says: Fabulous gastropub located in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, with a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes. Enjoy a drink, a meal and a game of Aunt Sally.

  • The White Oak, Cookham

    Muddys says: Award-winning, friendly, buzzy, Bib Gourmand pub with refined dishes and friendly staff.

  • The Perch Inn, Oxford

    Muddy says: Super-pretty historic thatched pub in Oxford (beloved by Inspector Morse) with a lovely waterside setting and a willow-strewn garden.

  • The Potters Arms, Amersham

    Muddy says: Imagine combining a top London comedy club with a rural pub and you pretty much have The Potter’s Arms, a traditional local with an outstanding rota of comedy talent.

  • The Kitchen, Farnborough

    Muddy says: The Kitchen is a stylish pub with a Savoy and Dorchester trained owner/chef, set in pretty countryside on the Oxon/Warcs borders.

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    The White Horse, Kings Sutton

    Muddy says: A pretty stone pub with great gastro credentials, overlooking the village green in the attractive village of Kings Suttton on the Oxon/Northants borders.

  • The Crown at Radnage

    Muddy says: This tiny country pub is a Mecca for cyclists on weekends and punches above its weight when it comes to food, with its Cliveden House alumni chef.

  • The Crown at Granborough

    Muddy says: This friendly rural Bucks pub offers superior pub grub, plus a large garden into which you can merrily chuck your children.

  • Red Lion Pub & Kitchen, Blewbury

    Muddy says: A gastro-pub in the true sense of the word with really good food combining British classics with French touches and a relaxed friendly vibe.

  • The Nags Head, Great Missenden

    Muddy says: Once Roald Dahl's local, this cosy pub also has a large garden in which to enjoy its award winning food.

  • The Fat Fox Inn, Watlington

    Muddy says: A traditional pub with an elegant dining room and when you've gorged yourself on the food, you can stay the night in their converted barn.

  • The Half Moon, Cuxham

    Muddy says: Traditional village pub with quality thin crust pizzas and homemade pastas as well as locally brewed real ales in a charming thatched character building.

  • The Bell, Stoke Mandeville

    Muddy says: A handsome roadside pub, just outside Aylesbury, offering reliable food, a family-friendly vibe and a large patio garden to the rear.

  • The Russell Arms, Butler’s Cross

    Muddy says: Reliable, atmospheric, dog-friendly pub with excellent food, close to some fantastic walks including the famous Coombe Hill climb.

  • The Nut Tree Inn, Murcott

    Muddy says: A Michelin starred wonder, with cosy interiors, attractive garden terrace and exceptional service. A big yes for a special occasion.

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    The Dog & Badger, Medmenham

    Muddy says: A slice of Soho style in a rural spot between Marlow and Henley, this restaurant with rooms is glitzy, grown-up and glamorous.

  • The Chef’s Dozen, Chipping Campden

    The Chef's Dozen is proudly located in Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. 2015 Winner of 'Chef of the Year' at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards and awarded Chipping Campden's High Street Business of the Year 2014, we are committed to working closely with a small core of quality producers who are dedicated to their amazing produce.

  • The Plowden Arms, Henley

    Set in beautiful countryside a few minutes’ walk from the River Thames and equidistant from Henley on Thames and Reading is The Plowden Arms. The charming 18th century building is home to landlord and lady Matt and Ruth Woodley, their dedicated team and unique offering.

  • The Crooked Billet, Henley

    Muddy says: Much revered 15th century pub in the quiet village of Stoke Row, South Oxon, offering excellent food, quirky historic interiors and an unpretentious, locals vibe.

  • The Pink & Lily, Princes Risborough

    Muddy says: An attractive pub with stunning terrace and huge garden with groovy wooden pods, serving great pub grub classics.

  • The Rickety Press, Oxford

    Muddy says: Popular Jericho pub with a Bib Gourmand for its food, specialising in superior burgers and pizzas, with events galore and a buzzy, friendly vibe.

  • The Queens Head, Marlow

    Muddy says: A pretty, rustic 17th century pub, hidden from the road in Little Marlow, with a low-key relaxed vibe and down-to-earth pub fare.

  • The Hundred of Ashendon

    Muddy says: A charming, rural, unpretentious pub in mid-Bucks from an ex St John chef. It's retained its Bib Gourmand for a third year (2016, 17, 18).

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