Harden's survey result
This famous thatched pub by Port Meadow, where the countryside encroaches into Oxford, is “lovely on a summer’s day for a meal outdoors” – and “highly recommended after a walk along the Thames if you’re staying in Oxford”. There has been a pub here for 800 years and the current building has hosted real and imaginary drinkers including Inspector Morse, C.S.Lewis and William Morris. Landlord Jon Ellse is from Oxford pub royalty – his father ran the Turf Tavern.
Claiming to be ‘as old as the university’, this thatched 17th-century building, a short stroll across Port Meadow from the city-centre has a “delightful” garden on the river, and was “nicely renovated” when experienced local licensee Jon Ellse took it over a few years ago. The ‘gastropub grub’ is “certainly not shabby” although quite “old skool”.
In a “wonderful setting in the tiny hamlet of Binsey” (“perfectly placed for a riverside walk”), a “justifiably popular” pub whose “delicious” cooking “draws North Oxford out to the country”. “Eat by the open fire” or in the “ingenious” conservatory in winter, and profit from the “delightful” garden come summer. Veggie and Vegan options are particularly good here.
“A wonderful pub” near Oxford which is particularly “lovely on a warm evening”, when “you can sit in the beautiful garden, either outside or undercover”. “Willing staff serve a wide range of homely dishes”.
|Wine per bottle||£19.95|
Binsey Ln, Oxford, OX2 0NG
10am - 11pm,
Last orders: 10:00pm, 9pm Sun