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The Little Black Book: Pubs & Inns

  • 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 friendly neighbourhood pub in Oxford with fantastic food. This hidden gem is well worth the short walk from Jericho's buzzy Walton Street.

  • The Maytime Inn

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    The Bull & Butcher, Ludgershall

    Muddy says: A casual family-friendly pitstop between 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.

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    The Lion, Bicester

    Muddy says: Ideally located close to the M40 and Bicester Village, this handsome stone pub has been recently refurbished. It caters well to vegans and veggies with its pub classics menu. Later this year it will add 13 boutique bedrooms to its arsenal.

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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

    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 and a welcoming locals' vibe.

  • The Porch House

    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

    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

    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 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, The Greyhound offers gastro fare and is ideal for Sunday lunchers, families, dog-walkers (it's very four-leg friendly) and groups of friends. I've eaten here before and really enjoyed the buzzy atmosphere.

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    The Old Thatched Inn

    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: A stylishly appointed pub with 8 bedrooms in the Vale of the White Horse, South Oxfordshire.

  • 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.

  • The Boxing Hare

    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.

  • The Three Oaks

    Muddy says: Michelin Bib Gourmand winners for the last 4 years, this hidden gem near Gerrards Cross is high on quality.

  • Horse & Groom

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

  • Oak & Saw Village Inn

    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: A community group has saved this historic boozer in Beckley, Oxon from closure. And what a brilliant job they've done.

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    The Shaven Crown

    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 is under new ownership, with a rebooted menu and, even better, 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

    Muddy says: A stylish, buzzy, superior gastropub with rooms, 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 that even had Giles Coren impressed.

  • 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

    The Crown at Bray is a traditional 16th Century inn serving wonderful British food in a warm and relaxed environment. With low-beamed ceilings, open fires during the winter, and a large garden and charming courtyard area for the summer, The Crown at Bray is the perfect place to visit all year round. Brought into the Heston Blumenthal fold in 2010, The Crown retains a traditional village pub atmosphere while offering a modern pub menu, drinks selection, and service style.

  • The Hinds Head

    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.

  • The Crown Inn, Sydenham

    The Crown Inn is a gastropub located in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. Dating back to the 1600s, its old world charm is apparent in its hand-carved beams and welcoming fireplaces. Enjoy a drink at the front of the pub, with views of the sun setting behind the 12th century church, or head to the […]

  • The White Oak

    The White Oak opened in the lovely village of Cookham in November 2008 and has a sister ‘Oak’ in Gerrards Cross called The Three Oaks which opened in July 2011. In 2012 we were all delighted to receive our first Michelin Bib Gourmand at The White Oak, but to retain it in 2013/14 & 2014/2015 […]

  • The Perch Inn

    The Perch is one of Oxford’s oldest and most unique destination pubs. Our 17th century thatch-roofed building will charm even the most seasoned pub-goers. Our large garden and beautiful riverside location on Port Meadow make us an ideal end to an improving walk on a summer’s day. And our fireplace and spacious eating rooms make us just as good in winter. We serve proper British pub food based on traditional and new recipes using fresh, seasonally-inspired ingredients. We keep up a rotating selection of craft beers, real ales, ciders, and perrys. And we have one of the best lists of English and British wine in the county. In our 800 years, we’ve been a favourite of Britain’s best poets and authors, a frequent haunt of Inspector Morse, and one of the most influential venues in the British Jazz scene. We provide a refuge for all lovers of great food and great drink – if you’re a hungry walker, a thirsty student, a family with a pack of muddy dogs (and muddy kids), or just an adventurous visitor.

  • The Potters Arms

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

  • The Kitchen, Farnborough

    Muddy says: Just over a year old but showing no teething troubles, 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 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 both excellent pub grub and service, plus a massive garden into which you can merrily chuck your children.

  • Red Lion Pub & Kitchen, Blewbury

    A 17th century village Inn with three bedrooms set in delightful Downland village of Blewbury, near Didcot. The Red Lion Pub & Kitchen re-opened in March 2016, after a major refurbishment by new head chef/proprietor, Phil Wild and wife, Arden. Once the local for Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows and thriller writer, […]

  • The Nags Head

    The Nags Head dating back to 15th century lies in the valley of the River Misbourne beneath the central ridge of the Chiltern Hills. It’s surrounded by Buckinghamshire’s stunning countryside with broad green slopes set off by Beech woods and grazing cattle. Situated a few miles south east of Chequers, the country home of Britain’s […]

  • The Fat Fox Inn

    The Fat Fox Inn is located at the centre of the small market town of Watlington on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. At just 45 miles from London, 13 miles from Oxford and 10 miles from Henley on Thames, it plays home to commuters going to London and Oxford, but remains a self sufficient and thriving community. The Ridgeway, a national trail, running along the town's west border is right on our doorstep.

  • The Half Moon, Cuxham

    The Half Moon in Cuxham is one of the most beautiful places to eat and drink in South Oxfordshire. Here you can sample top-quality thin-crust pizzas made with homemade dough, using the finest ingredients. The menu also offers homemade pasta dishes, salads and mouth-watering desserts. Gluten-free choices are available and children have their own menu. […]

  • The Bell, Stoke Mandeville

    The Bell offers a spacious yet cosy environment with more than a nod to the traditions of the Great British pub. Serving fresh, uncomplicated and seasonal food complemented by a simple ‘something for everyone’ wine list, proper bar snacks, light bites and a selection of quality real ales.    

  • The Russell Arms, Butler’s Cross

    Since 1784 villagers and visitors to Butlers Cross have enjoyed the inviting ambience of the Russell Arms. Situated a stonesthrow away from Ellesborough golf course, this pub blends the timeless appeal of a traditional 18th Century coach house with stylish contemporary features that ensure guests will enjoy a memorable visit. With an ample, open beer […]

  • The Nut Tree Inn

    The Nut Tree is a traditional village pub which serves great modern British food in the restaurant but is still somewhere you can stop and have a pint or relaxing drink at the end of a hard day’s work. Mike and Imogen North warmly welcome you to The Nut Tree, their village pub in Murcott. […]

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    The Dog & Badger

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • The Pink & Lily

    The Pink and Lily, an historic traditional pub dating back some 300 years, recently revitalised, welcomes muddy boots, muddy dogs, muddy families and indeed muddy stilettos! Surrounded by stunning scenery and wonderful walks, with a warm welcome guaranteed, The Pink has something for everyone...

  • The Rickety Press

    Propped up a stones throw from the city centre, the Rickety Press has fast become one of the go-to foodie destinations in Oxford and as of September 2014, is the proud recipient of a Michelin Bib Gourmand...

  • The Queens Head

    Marlow's Little Secret lies in the Heart of Little Marlow; clad in roses opposite the manor house. What more idyllic setting could there be to enjoy a delicious meal? Gourmet ingredients and expert preparation ensures that our food remains the best around. Here, at Marlow's Little Secret we source majority of ingredients locally and all prepared on the premises...

  • The Hundred of Ashendon

    Muddy says: A charming, rural, unpretentious pub in mid-Bucks that happens to have retained its Bib Gourmand for a third year (2016, 17, 18). Close to Waddesdon Manor if you're looking to combine pleasures.

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