A11, Junction Great Abingdon; 8 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Originally opened as an alehouse in 1847 this rural inn was recently bought and refurbished with aplomb. It’s the only pub in this tiny village of a hundred or so souls and it doubles up as the village hall, library and all-round buzzing hub. Food is taken seriously: classic British with a twist and locally sourced as much as possible. Touchingly there is also a discount for the villagers.
There’s a warm buzz inside with muddy-booted walkers, lycra-clad cyclists and families, who spill outside to the pretty garden on sunny days – there’s a pizza oven and barbecue in the garden for the summer. Choose a book from the library and find a cosy spot by the roaring fire, or eat in the light and airy Orangery overlooking the terrace. And if you feel too relaxed after feasting, you can stay the night in one of the beautiful bedrooms.