With the depths of winter fast approaching, there could be nothing more relaxing than spending an afternoon next to a roaring fire in one of Oxfordshire’s finest country pubs. The local area has so many gastropubs to choose from, it can be hard to pick the best spot to put your feet up! Hardwick Parks have put together a list of our favourite spots for a delicious bite to eat with stunning surroundings, whatever time of the year!
The Killingworth Castle
A 17th-century coaching inn located in a rural setting on the edge of the Cotswolds, The Killingsworth Castle is a lovely spot for a cosy meal steeped in history. Serving the people of Oxfordshire since 1637, this charming inn is just a few miles from Blenheim Palace and the market town of Woodstock. It even boasts famous regulars such as Sir Winston Churchill, whose birthplace is close by. This dog-friendly spot proudly serves amazing organic produce as well as sumptuous cream teas and a regular Sunday lunch.
This rustic village pub and garden has an open-plan interior, featuring low beams and rafters, giving the place a quintessentially English feel. The cosy candle-lit tables and plush furniture, as well as the wood-burner roaring away, create the perfect environment for a relaxing winter afternoon. The friendly atmosphere combined with the locally brewed beers and fresh locally produced ingredients make The Chequers a country pub not to miss. Why not try the seasonal autumn/winter feast menu, great for sharing with family and friends!
The Nut Tree Inn
Proudly flaunting their Michelin Star since 2008, The Nut Tree Inn is a fantastic spot for some fine wining and dining in Oxfordshire. The traditional country pub has 15th-century origins and its quaint thatched roof epitomises the great British countryside. The productive kitchen garden, complete with rooting pigs and ducks, add to the picturesque nature of the inn; it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. Head down to The Nut Tree Inn on Wednesdays to Sundays and try out the award-winning cuisine.
The Royal Oak
This restored 18th-century inn has original exposed beams, wooden panelling and stylish furnishings for a classic country pub feel. The open fire roars through the winter months, keeping you nice and warm as you relax with a drink. Just a 20-minute stroll from the central train station and with easy bus links through the city, The Royal Oak is worth a visit. Try their seasonal food and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Hardwick Parks holiday, touring and water sports park is perfectly situated in the heart of the Oxfordshire area, with the stunning Cotswolds just on the doorstep. Escape to the country in your tent, touring caravan or enjoy one of our static caravans and experience the natural charm of the local area. Find out more about Hardwick Parks by visiting our website today.