The Miller of Mansfield Pub with rooms in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Informal modern-day inn
  • Classic character bar
  • Sublime cooking; seasonal menus
  • Eat what you want, where you want
  • Funky rooms have the WOW factor
  • Just a stroll from the Thames Path

Sticky FingersMuddy PawsGood for WalkingOutdoor PursuitsCandlelitClose to WaterVisit a Stately Pile90 Minutes from LondonNo Car Needed

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Overview

The Miller of Mansfield Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG8 9AW

The personal touch

Former team members of Heston Blumenthal’s exceptional Fat Duck Group, Nick and Mary Galer bought this historic ivy-clad inn in 2014 and have worked their magic in transforming the place into a relaxing modern-day coaching inn offering sublime food and very comfortable lodgings – today’s incarnation is very impressive. What’s more, it’s in a pretty riverside village, an amble from the Thames Path and smack between the Chilterns and the Berkshire Downs, both classic walking areas. Step inside to find a buzzy atmosphere in the bar, which brims with traditional charm and character with its sand blasted beams, rugs on wood floors, rustic tables and chairs, local artwork on the walls, and the inviting wing chairs by the blazing log fire are perfect to sink into with a pint of Good Old Boy on a wild winter’s night. Beyond are cosy yet informal dining areas and there’s a smart and airy rear restaurant for those wishing to dine away from the hubbub of the bar. Upstairs are thirteen decidedly funky bedrooms. Hosts and chef patrons, Nick and Mary have succeeded in bringing elegant seasonal food, great wines and local ales, effortless service, and a taste of French hospitality to their reinvented old inn and it’s now firmly on Oxfordshire’s culinary map.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome; smaller portions are served; the Goring & Mansfield Suites have a day bed for children (£10) and superior rooms have room for an extra bed; there’s room for a cot too

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar and in some of the bedrooms.

Alfresco

Dine alfresco on warm summer days on the sheltered rear terrace.

What’s the Damage?

13 doubles/twin £100-£189

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: only 5 spaces; use village car park; 3-minute walk

 

Sleep

The Miller of Mansfield Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG8 9AW

Do not disturb

Rooms ramble across two floors of the 18th-century building and are named are places between Mansfield and Goring-on-Thames, as the pub is named after a man forced to walk between the two towns having upset King Henry II. All beautifully combine the old – antique fireplaces, rustic painted wooden floors, beamed ceilings – with groovy 21st-century chic, say extravagant marble-tiled bathrooms, gold-gilt French-style beds and bold silk fabrics. Expect vibrant wall coverings, perhaps the metallic Coe & Son floral wallpaper in Wigston Magna, which also has an enormous Japanese inspired bar (for two!), or the soothing butterfly stamp wallpaper in Arnold, and vibrant colours, notably the sensuous bold blue hues in the Goring Suite, the zingy lime green accents in Segs Hill. Paddlewide, with its calm duck egg, warm greys and striking stripes, enjoys views across the village green from a big bay window and, like Winston Magna, there is no door to the en suite bathroom. An antique armoire vies for attention with the dramatic Cole & Son floral wallpaper and the striking chrome four-poster bed in Edwootton. Added touches include Abaca organic and handmade Welsh mattresses, rain showers, handmade biscuits, Nespresso machines, decent Birchall teas, Smart TVs, fluffy robes and posh Ren toiletries. Bliss.

 

What’s the Damage?

13 doubles/twin £100-£189

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: only 5 spaces; use village car park; 3-minute walk

 

Eat & Drink

The Miller of Mansfield Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG8 9AW

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £7-£9; Main Courses: £17-£27; Desserts £7.50-£8.50)

Nick Galer is passionate about sourcing the best local and British seasonal produce to create his frequently changing lunch and dinner menus, and everything is freshly prepared in the kitchen, from the bar nibbles to the hand-rolled pasta and homemade breads, jams, chutneys and butter. Menus evolve with the seasons and dishes are simply described with the emphasis being on provenance, presentation and flavour. Expect simple, elegant food, the result of careful cooking and respect for the key ingredient, allowing the flavours to shine through.

The service ethos is eat what you want, where you want, so why follow a Thames path stroll with a pint of Marlow Rebellion at the bar and tuck into venison sausage rolls with sloe gin jam, or a bowl of crispy whitebait with spicy Marie Rose. Alternatively, order the Millers Meat Board and graze on home-cured meats, pate, smoked cheese, pickled onions, gherkins and homemade bread. Settle in for supper and kick off a memorable spring meal with a cock crab fritter, sweetcorn, pickled seaweed and hot pepper mayonnaise, followed by roast canon of lamb, cucumber, sheep’s yoghurt, Jersey royals, broad beans and lamb sauce, and Yorkshire rhubarb sundae with Matcha tea and ginger ice cream for pudding. Why not splash out and savour Nick’s signature 9-course menu.

To drink, there’s six real ales on tap, a raft of gins, including the locally distilled craft gin Twisting Spirits, an excellent, well balanced wine list that has been carefully researched and compiled by Mary, and a great list of cocktails.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (5pm – 7pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

13 doubles/twin £100-£189

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: only 5 spaces; use village car park; 3-minute walk

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Miller of Mansfield

4

Umami Deli, 13 Newbury Street, Wantage OX12 8BU

Award-winning deli run by Persian/Turkish owners and offering an imaginative selection of world foods and cheeses, as well as great little café serving good coffee and imaginative sandwiches.

5

The White Hart, Fyfield, Abingdon OX13 5LW

Mark & Kay Chandler’s magnificent listed former Chantry house oozes historic charm and draws a discerning crowd for Mark’s delicious food. His daily, modern British menus champion local, seasonal ingredients, including fresh produce picked from the extensive kitchen garden. Great beers and ciders too.

6

Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford OX13 5HB

Established from a ‘pick your own farm’ with a shop, Millets has evolved in recent years to become an extensive retail operation, with a well-stocked farm shop (in-house bakery & butchery), a new Farmhouse Kitchen serving good food, seasonal pick your own fruits, and family attractions.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Miller of Mansfield

Activities

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Shooting, Enstone OX7 4NS

This comprehensive clay shooting school, situated amid the pastoral scenery of the Cotswolds, at Enstone, near Chipping Norton, offers great facilities and caters for beginners right through to experienced shots.

3

Frilford Heath Golf Club, Frilford OX13 5NW

Frilford's has three 18-hole courses. The Red Course dates from 1908 and is over 6,800 yards long, the Green Course is shorter, but is just as much of a challenge, while the Blue Course is more modern, with a number of water hazards and more undulating greens. Visitors are always welcome. Generally you can turn up and play, but it might be worth checking with the office just in case.

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Skydiving, Ipsden OX10 6AS

Take the big leap with a tandem skydive (that's the one when you're safely attached to an instructor) or an accelerated freefall where the instructors are beside you. Thrilling stuff.

18

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

The present theatre is mid-19th century though there has been a mill here since the time of the Doomsday Book. The Watermill is just the place to combine peace and tranquility and a picturesque riverside setting with theatre of the highest calibre. Many major productions have been staged at this prestigious playhouse.

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Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ

Dating back to the start of the 20th century and used as a POW camp for German prisoners during the First World War, Newbury Racecourse has courses for flat races and over jumps. Long a popular venue for the Royal Family, this is where Her Majesty the Queen celebrated her 86th birthday.

20

Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury, Reading RG7 6RR

An ideal attraction for plenty of family fun and entertainment, Bucklebury Farm Park is located to the east of Newbury. The farm has lots of animals, play equipment and even a zip wire. You’ll also find a farm shop, café and range of picnic tables.

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Hot-Air Ballooning over Berkshire

Weather permitting, you might get a bird’s eye view of West Berkshire and even the stunning landscape that surrounds the Pheasant. There’s no better way to appreciate the beauty of this corner of England than from the basket of a hot-air balloon.

Shopping

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Bicester Village, Bicester OX26 6WD

One of the south of England's best-known and most popular retail centres, Bicester Village is where you can explore a wide range of chic boutiques stocking stylish lifestyle brands that are at the heart of world-class fashion.

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Marlow Antiques Centre 35 Station Road, Marlow SL7 1NW

Home to over 35 dealers, the Marlow Centre sells a wide range of antiques and collectables – you’re sure to find that special something in this huge space.

24

Anne Haimes Interiors RG9 2BG

At Anne Haimes Interiors in Henley, you’ll find furnishings, furniture, lighting, bedding, mirrors, scents and accessories.

25

Eton Antique Bookshop SL4 6AF

Described as ‘dusty, disheveled and piled high with old prints, maps and weathered editions,’ this charming old bookshop has just about every thing for the genuine bibliophile.

26

Eton College Gift Shop SL4 6BD

Quirky, unstuffy souvenir shop with frock-coated teddy bears, crockery, tea towels and even the college’s own gents’ cologne – among many other items.

Places to visit

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Ashdown House, Lambourn RG17 8RE

Built for the Queen of Bohemia in the 17th century and remotely situated in windswept downland country near Lambourn in Berkshire, Ashdown House has the look of an elegant dolls' house. The house is small and intimate, with a striking staircase hung with fine 17th-century paintings. Ashdown is tenanted, so check opening times before visiting.

6

Uffington White Horse, Uffington SN7 7QJ

The most famous white horse of them all and dating from the Bronze Age, the horse can be seen from miles away and is surely one of the most evocative sights in southern England. The location, at the head of a dry valley on the Ridgeway escarpment, is equally dramatic, and the hill figure is only part of what you can see here. The steeply rippled sides of the valley known as 'The Manger' are the result of retreating permafrost.To the east of that is Dragon Hill, said to be where St George slew the dragon, its blood leaving a scar where nothing grows. The Iron Age hill fort, known as Uffington Castle, crowns White Horse Hill and is the highest point in Oxfordshire, with views over six counties. And across the property there are Neolithic burial mounds, reused until Saxon times.

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Buscot Park, Faringdon SN7 8BU

Although Buscot Park is a National Trust property, it's also the family home of Lord Faringdon, who looks after the property on the Trust's behalf. The Faringdon Collection, displayed in the house, includes pictures, furniture, ceramics and objets d'art.

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Harcourt Arboretum, Marsh Baldon OX44 9PX

Part of the University of Oxford since 1963, Harcourt Arboretum covers 130 acres and features the best collection of trees in the county, as well as some of the oldest redwoods in the UK. Seasonal highlights include wildflower meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell woods.

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Wayland's Smithy, Ashbury SN6 8NX

Wayland's Smithy is a brilliantly atmospheric Neolithic chambered tomb, about 2km along the Ridgeway from the Uffington White Horse. Its name comes from the story that the Saxon smith god, Wayland, lived there and would shoe any horse left with a coin overnight.The tomb you can explore today, with its dramatic entrance stones, is the second on this site and was constructed between 3,460 and 3,400 BC.

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Highclere Castle, Highclere Park, Highclere RG20 9RN

Remodelled and virtually rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry in the mid-19th century, Highclere Castle is now one of Britain’s best-known houses, thanks to the international success of the award-winning ITV television series Downton Abbey, whose producers chose much of the interior for filming. A tour of the house and park is a must.

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Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR

One of the area’s oldest buildings, Shaw House is a prime example of an early symmetrical H-plan Elizabethan mansion. The house was built by a local clothier and visited by Elizabeth I. In the 1940s it became a school, though concerns about the structure led to a £6 million restoration. Shaw House opened its doors to the public in 2008 for the first time in over 400 years.

15

Silchester Roman Town, Reading RG7 2HG

Probably better known as Calleva Atrebatum, Silchester offers an intriguing insight into the Roman Occupation when this was the site of an important town. Walk between the walls to get a real flavour of community life during this fascinating period.

16

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Newbury RG20 9JT

Built in 1926-27, Sandham is an unusual war memorial. Inside are hugely impressive and ambitious murals by Stanley Spencer, which took six years to complete and are reputed to be the most important series of decorative paintings produced in England in the 20th century. The images represent scenes from the Great War in which Spencer served as an orderly in a military hospital. The chapel is managed by the National Trust.

17

Welford Park, Newbury RG20 8HU

This is just the place to visit if you like snowdrops. The park is open daily in February when extensive drifts of this delicate little flower create a dazzling picture. The little church of St Gregory has an octagonal spire and a rare round tower. Fans of The Great British Bake Off will recognize this parkland landscape instantly. The BBC series was filmed here.

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Hughenden Manor HP14 4LA

Close to High Wycombe, Hughenden Manor became the home of Benjamin Disraeli in 1848. By the time he moved here, he was an established novelist and a distinguished politician. These days, Hughenden Manor belongs to the National Trust and is open to visitors.

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Marlow

The town is one of the prettiest in the Thames Valley. The suspension bridge spanning the river is now the only surviving example of the work of designer William Tierney Clark. T.S. Eliot lived in Marlow between 1917 and 1920 and Percy Bysshe Shelley resided here a century earlier. Jerome K Jerome wrote part of Three Men in a Boat in the town.

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Cliveden SL1 8NS

Perched on cliffs above the Thames near Maidenhead, Cliveden is an Italianate mansion built for the Duke of Sutherland in 1850-51. The house was once the home of the Astor family. The Profumo scandal, which rocked the government and sparked frenzied gossip in society circles, was played out here in the early 1960s. Cliveden is now a hotel but parts of the house are open to the public at certain times.

Walking

www.southernoxfordshire.com
www.nationaltrail.co.uk
www.whitehorsewalk.co.uk

There’s good walking to had around these parts, with three long distance paths as well as a network of tracks and trails; walk in the footsteps of prehistoric settlers, Saxons and Romans, as red kites hover overhead. The Ridgeway passes through ancient landscapes and has been used since prehistoric times by travellers, soldiers and herdsmen. The 87 miles of the route take in downland, woodlands, and secluded valleys. The Thames Path follows the river for 184 miles from its source in the Cotswold Hills to the sea. The Oxfordshire Way winds through the county from Bourton-on-the-Water (which is in Gloucestershire) to the banks of the River Thames in Henley, passing through contrasting landscapes, villages and towns. The White Horse Walk is a long-distance route that visits all of the nine White Horses of Oxfordshire and Wiltshire (there are also individual walks for each of them). Buscot and Coleshill Estates (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) offer some lovely walks, too.

Cycling

www.southernoxfordshire.com

The 200 miles of the Oxfordshire Cycleway take you through some of the most scenic countryside in the region, and it links to the Ridgeway National Trail, for those who want to do something a bit more off-road. The Hanson Way is a generally traffic-free route that takes in Didcot, Abingdon and Oxford on its way from Reading to the North Wales coast. The Phoenix Trail is a disused railway line. Then there’s the Didcot to Wantage Way, which is mostly quiet roads and purpose-built paths. The Vale of the White Horse Cycleway starts and finishes in Abingdon and is pleasantly flat, taking in some lovely villages.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Goring-on-Thames is located on the B4009 and signposted off the A329 at Streatley between Reading and Wallingford

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Goring & Streatley (direct service from Paddington), just a 10-minute walk from the Miller of Mansfield

Address:

High Street, Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG8 9AW

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