M40, Junction 10; 13 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
The honey-coloured Oxfordshire village of Deddington has a bustling market square at its heart. Foodies stands proudly in front of the church with wisteria entwined around the door. White iron tables sit on the terrace outside, a suntrap on summer days; inside feels like a traditional grocer’s crossed with a country cottage. At the flower-topped tables you can enjoy light bites such as teacakes, baguettes (don’t miss the bacon, brie and chilli jam) and baked potatoes, as well as a chat with friendly owner Sam. Carol makes the cakes and it’s nearly impossible to choose between the Guinness and chocolate and her secret-recipe fudge flapjacks. There’s a take-away counter down the corridor if you’re in a hurry.
If time permits, take a look at Deddington’s castle, an 11th-century motte-and-bailey castle that was once the English base of Odo of Bayeux, half brother of William the Conquerer. The ramparts are 15m high in places.