RestaurantsOxfordshireChinnorOX39

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Summary

£76
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Well worth the journey” down the M4 and then through winding Chilterns countryside (or, of course, you can just drop in using the helipad in the garden) – Julie Griffith’s “lovely” rural gastropub has proved an amazingly enduring destination. “Julie herself is still doing a wonderful job after all these years” and curates a “very homey and informal” interior style that might seem “rough and ready” were it not so tasteful. “The food is original and very delicious (but not cheap!)” and there’s an “excellent wine list” too. And with its “beautiful setting” and garden, it’s particularly “fantastic on a sunny day”.

Summary

£71
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Always worth the slightly tortuous drive to the ‘back of beyond’”, Julie Griffith’s Chilterns gastropub “hasn’t really changed much (other than the sofa cushions) in over 25 years”, but when that means “beautiful food in beautiful surroundings” (“lovely cosy log fires in winter, wonderful garden for outdoor dining in the summer”) no one seems to mind.

Summary

£71
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Always worth the slightly tortuous drive to the ‘back of beyond’”, Julie Griffith’s Chilterns gastropub “hasn’t really changed much (other than the sofa cushions) in over 25 years”, but when that means “beautiful food in beautiful surroundings” (“lovely cosy log fires in winter, wonderful garden for outdoor dining in the summer”) no one seems to mind.

Summary

£71
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Whether it’s a cosy winter meal with lovely log fires, or a glorious summer evening under the wisteria and vines” in the “stunning garden” – Julie Griffith’s “hard-to-find and charming gastropub/restaurant in the Chilterns” is “perfect for a lunch stop off the M40” (set your sat nav). Arguably it charges “stockbroker prices”, but most diners feel bills are “fair” due to the “simply lovely setting” and “high standard” of “seasonal” food, plus “good real ale and an excellent wine list”.

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £25.00 £29.50
Pretheatre £25.00 £29.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£12.50 £26.00 £4.00 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.50
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
25, 45
No dress code
80
Over 8yr for dinner
Yes

The Sir Charles Napier Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Sir Charles Napier Restaurant in OX39, Chinnor by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Sir Charles Napier restaurant.
Will W
LOvely day, lunch on the terrace, a warm we...
Reviewed 1 months, 10 days ago

"LOvely day, lunch on the terrace, a warm welcome and an excellent lunch"

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Philip C
A wonderful lunch experience on a fine summ...
Reviewed 3 months, 27 days ago

"A wonderful lunch experience on a fine summer’s day. Eating outside is a joy."

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Nick G
Such a lovely house, both outdoors in the s...
Reviewed 5 months, 6 days ago

"Such a lovely house, both outdoors in the summer and in the area in winter, but the food doesn't quite get there in my opinion - sounds great on paper but some dishes disappoint more than they should for the price. Welcome is friendly enough but table service is so stand-offish and quiet. It has so much potential, feels they need a bit of a kick to iron out the complacency."

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Murray B
tremendous setting, perfect for a lunch sto...
Reviewed 5 months, 29 days ago

"tremendous setting, perfect for a lunch stop off M40. If you get a chance to eat outside when the weather is good, take it!"

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Damian C
Simply too expensive for what it is. No lon...
Reviewed 9 months, 12 days ago

"Simply too expensive for what it is. No longer in its glory days and feels a bit tired. Admittedly haven't been for a couple of years but am hearing nothing on the local foodie grapevine to encourage me back."

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Spriggs Alley, Chinnor, OX39 4BX
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:30 pm

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