Artist Residence Oxford Pub with rooms in South Leigh, Oxfordshire

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£165 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Thatched gem; rescued with style
  • Artist Residence; rural outpost
  • Quirky design; attention to detail
  • Fabulous rooms; ooze comfort
  • Inventive seasonal menus

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Artist Residence Oxford South Leigh, Oxfordshire, OX29 6XN

The personal touch

Charlotte and Justin Salisbury, owners of the gorgeous Artist Residence hotels in London, Brighton and Penzance, snapped up this quintessential 16th-century thatched pub and opened their first country outpost in May 2017. The result is stunning, a lovingly refurbished rural gem slumbering in a sleepy Oxfordshire village that oozes the Sainsbury’s ethos – quirky, cool and individual design, a chilled vibe, sublime seasonal food, great attention to detail – which is sure to find favour among their loyal clientele. However, it’s still very much a pub with rooms; think flagstone floors strewn with rugs, candles on simple wooden tables, blazing winter log fires, Hooky Bitter on tap, and Scotch egg and burger with triple-cooked chips on the cracking bar menu. Good use is made of the pub’s kitchen garden and the network of farmers and artisan producers on the doorstep result in delicious innovative seasonal food; do try the South Leigh lamb with baby turnips, courgette and roasted shallots. Upstairs bedrooms are the icing on the cake, super comfortable with big beds, fat lamps, fabulous fabrics and furnishings, walk-in showers and deep tubs, and a host of goodies to ensure a memorable stay.

Sticky fingers

Families are welcome; there are board games in the bar, smaller portions are available, and an extra bed can be arranged in one of the rooms

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar, in the Loft Rooms and in Stable Suite and Stable Rooms – £20 per dog per night (includes bowl & treats)


There’s a sheltered front terrace with benches and quirky, raised wooden tables and stools plus a large pub garden with a ping pong table

What’s on?

Occasional live music on Friday nights

What’s the Damage?
3 suites; 5 doubles; 1 twin: £165-£425

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking


AA 5 Star Inn & 2 AA Rosettes; Michelin Eating Out in Pubs 2018


Artist Residence Oxford South Leigh, Oxfordshire, OX29 6XN

Do not disturb

With 9 rooms in total, five quirky, rustic-chic bedrooms are tucked away under the thatch, all beautifully designed in bohemian style by owner Charlotte Salisbury and perfect for resting your head after an evening indulging in fine food and wine. New for 2018 is the stunning Barn Suite, replete with bespoke four-poster bed and a private terrace with mini-bar and log burner as well as the Stable Suite and the Stable Room and for the more adventurous, a converted Shepherd’s Hut overlooking the herb garden . Arrive early to relax and savour your room – expect colourful rugs on wood floors, timbers and pitched beamed ceilings, eclectic artwork, comfy leather armchairs or a deep sofa, fat lamps, fabulous fabrics and furnishings – note the packing crates for bedside tables and the big wooden cabinets hiding the mini-bar – and woollen blankets and the best linen and down on big, super comfortable beds. Stunning bathrooms have walk-in showers and deep tubs, and the general attention to detail and the host of goodies in the room ensure a memorable stay.

Creature comforts

Bramley toiletries; stocked mini-fridge; Nespresso machine; basket of edible goodies; slippers; bathrobes; local magazines, the list goes on….


Roberts radio; Smart TV; free Wi-Fi

What’s for Breakfast?

House granola, yoghurt & seasonal berries; porridge, berries & cinnamon; pancakes, smoky streaky bacon & maple syrup; egg Benedict or Royale; toasted muffin, scrambled eggs; full English breakfast

What’s the Damage?
3 suites; 5 doubles; 1 twin: £165-£425

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking


AA 5 Star Inn & 2 AA Rosettes; Michelin Eating Out in Pubs 2018

Eat & Drink

Artist Residence Oxford South Leigh, Oxfordshire, OX29 6XN

Mastering the menu

The kitchen team has a passion for foraging for wild ingredients and sourcing the very best local and seasonal produce and the food has been wowing customers since the door of the new-look Mason Arms was pushed open in May 2017. They make sound use of the pub’s kitchen garden and the network of farmers and artisan producers on the doorstep and the result is delicious, exciting and innovative modern British food. At dinner, nibble on ale bread or a black pudding sausage roll with a pint of Hooky, then start with treacle-cured salmon with English wasabi, or Isle of Wight tomatoes with whipped curd and lovage, before tucking into classics (with a twist) like cheese and smoked onion pie, or beer battered cod with mushy peas, chips and tartare sauce. Alternatively, try Cotswold chicken, black garlic, asparagus and rock samphire, or Blythburgh pork chop from the Robata grill. Lighter lunchtime options may include roast beef on dripping toast with horseradish, and sausages, mash and caramelised shallots. The sweet toothed should leave room for goose-fat chocolate cake, blood orange preserve and gorse flower ice cream. Don’t miss the Sunday roasts.

On the menu

(Starters: £7.95-£9.95; Main Courses: £18-£25; Desserts £5.50-£7)

Heritage tomato salad, consommé, ewe’s curd, basil, olives; glazed pork belly, smoked hock & foie gras bon bon, cauliflower, BBQ celeriac

Yorkshire grouse, watercress, girolles, savoy cabbage, elderberry; Cornish monkfish, Jerusalem artichoke, pak choi, bisque, spiced hazelnut granola

Pub Menu


Smoked ham hock terrine, olive tapenade, toast; beer battered hake, bashed peas, chips, tartare sauce; Mason Arms burger, triple-cooked chips, coleslaw; smoked haddock fish pie, garden vegetables, roasted hazelnut; wild nettle gnocchi, purple sprouting broccoli, king oyster, leek

Sunday Roasts


32-day dry-aged rump of beef, Yorkshire pudding, thyme-roasted potatoes, horseradish cream; pork loin, cauliflower puree, thyme-roasted potatoes, apple sauce

Foodie Extras

Garden set lunch menu (2-courses £20; 3-courses £25) and special seasonal dinners such as Game Night (5-courses £50)

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch 12 noon – 2.30pm (12.30pm – 3pm Saturday; 12 noon – 3.30pm Sunday)
Dinner 6.30pm – 9.30pm (6pm – 9.30 Friday & Saturday; 6.30pm – 9pm Sunday)

Local, local, local

Vegetables, fruit & salad from pub’s kitchen garden

Foraged mushrooms, herbs & flowers

Game – Eynsham Park

Lamb – farm in South Leigh (opposite pub)

Eggs – Witney

Rapeseed oil – Witney

Beer – Hook Norton Brewery; Wychwood Brewery, Witney

Behind the bar

Bag one of the tables in front of the blazing log fire in winter and settle down with a pint of local Hooky Bitter or one of the excellent craft beers, lagers and ciders on tap, perhaps Freedom Four Lager, Wychwood Pinhead Oatmeal Stout (brewed in Witney), Wild Boar IPA from Buxton Brewery, or Cotswold Cider from the Cotswold Brewery in Bourton-on-the-Water. There’s a good range of bottled craft beers and premium juices and minerals, a short, eclectic list of wines (12 by the glass), and why not kick off an evening with one of Hanbury’s all-day cocktails.

Bar snacks


Cods roe on toast; Scotch egg, brown sauce; fish goujons, tartare sauce; burrata, peas, broad beans, mint

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11.30pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
3 suites; 5 doubles; 1 twin: £165-£425

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking


AA 5 Star Inn & 2 AA Rosettes; Michelin Eating Out in Pubs 2018

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 –

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Daylesford Farm Shop and Cafe, Daylesford, Kingham GL56 0YG

Known locally as 'Fortnams in the field' Daylesford Organic is so much more than an award-winning farm shop, with a cookery school, cafe, clothes shop and spa. The farm shop offers the best in organic and food produced with the best environmental and livestock husbandry credentials. They have their own bakery and serve up vegetables from their own market garden.


The Big Feastival, Kingham OX7 6UJ

An annual party on the farm owned by local pop star turned farmer/cheese maker Alex James of Blur. This August Bank Holiday weekend event is co-hosted by Jamie Oliver and is a festival of food and music, with famous chefs demonstrating their cooking skills while you listen to live music from some of the best musicians in the country. A cracking day out for all the family.


Upton Smokery, Upton Downs Farm, Burford OX18 4LY

Located in the rolling Cotswold countryside outside of Burford, this family business smokes just about everything from game to fish. They also stock fresh game, paté, potted terrines, charcuterie and olives.


The Cotswold Brewing Company, College Farm, Bourton on the Water GL54 2HN

This award-winning independent brewery retains a hand-crafted approach to making beer and is also well-known for its lager and stout, as well as its cider, gin and vodka. You can pop into the brewery to buy bottles and polypins of beer and there are twice-daily brewhouse tours by prior arrangement.


The Rose and Crown, Shilton OX18 4AB

Cracking foodie pub run by chef-Patron Martin Coldicott. The 16th-century Cotswold-stone pub has low beams, stone floors and a menu that keeps things suitably simple.


Made By Bob, 26 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NY

In the heart of Cirencester located in the former Roman Corn Hall building, this exceptional restaurant and deli attracts discerning foodies from all over the Cotswolds. Owner/chef Bob Parkinson previously worked under the great Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum restaurant in London and is regarded as one of the best chefs in the region.


The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester GL7 5HF

Two miles from Cirencester on the B4425, this award-winning organic farm specialises in grass-fed beef, which is sold in the farm shop along with organic veg, local dairy products and much more. A daily-changing menu in the cafe includes lots of veggie options, with 'meat as a treat' Sunday lunches featuring beef from the farm.


W.J. Castle Family Butchers, Burford OX8 4RG

Set in one of the town's historic timber-framed buildings, this well-stocked butchers specialises in locally sourced meats including Hereford beef and Gloucester Old Spot pork. A selection of roast meats, cheeses and olives is also available from the delicatessen section.

Out & About

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Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester GL7 5QF

With over 150 lakes, the Cotswold Water Park, south of Cirencester, is a superb year-round birding destination ranging from 20,000 wintering water birds to 21,000 wintering gulls to vast numbers of breeding warblers.


Hardwick Parks, Witney OX29 7PZ

Head for Standlake, south-east of Witney, and choose from a wide variety of water sports suited to all ages and abilities. This is just the place for exhilarating, fun-filled action, which can be enjoyed by all the family.


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.


Rally Driving Days, Tracey Farm, Great Tew OX7 4JS

Family-run and welcoming rally, performance car and off-road driving centre situated near Chipping Norton. Here, you can try your hand at rally driving in authentic conditions and in the safe hands of trained professionals.


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.


Heythrop Park Golf Club, Enstone, Chipping Norton OX7 5UF

Make sure your SatNav takes you via the Drive, Church Enstone, or you'll find you can't get in. Weaving through the 440-acre Heythrop Estate, this 18-hole features ancient woodland, lakes and streams - it's a quintessentially English setting. Visitors are welcome and there are all kinds of other facilities, including a spa.


Cotswold Archery, Batsford Arboretum GL56 9AD

Deep in the Cotswolds, at Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find this dedicated archery range. There is a wide choice of bows to use and expert tutors are always on hand.



The Maggie White Shop, Burford OX18 4QA

Long-established knitwear and clothes shop selling items designed by Maggie White as well as other designer brands like Flax and Rundholz. They also sell unique contemporary jewellery.


Burford Antiques Centre, Burford OX18 4JA

Loads of great antique furniture from the 17th to the 20th century, plus high quality reproduction refectory tables made to any size, chairs, sideboards and dressers.


Burford Woodcraft, Burford OX18 4QU

Promoting contemporary British craftsmanship for over 30 years, the shop sells an extensive selection of creative wooden objects, furniture, sculpture, bowls, kitchenware, jewellery boxes, games and toys.


Borzoi Bookshop, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BB

A friendly independent bookshop offering a huge range of books, with knowledgeable staff on-hand to help, and regular events including book signings.


Woodcock and Cavendish, Burford OX18 4RG

Lovely throws and blankets in cashmere, pure wool and recycled wool, plus designer homewares, leather goods, bespoke jewellery, china and stationery. An ideal place to buy a present, they also have branches in Tetbury and Cirencester.


Vintage & Paint, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Nice interiors shop selling furniture, kitchenware, lighting, objet d'art and collectables They also sell Annie Sloan paint so you can have a go at creating this ‘look’ yourself.


Maybury, 4 Market Street, Woodstock OX20 1SX

Expect beautiful bedcovers, cushions and jackets and discover a striking collection of colourful furniture covered in vintage textiles and an assortment of rare and authentic rugs at this eclectic emporium in Woodstock, characterised by the irresistible, heady atmosphere of India and Central Asia.


Rosie B Home & Interiors, Horsefair, Chipping Norton OX7 5AL

All the items in this eclectic shop are personally sourced and chosen by Rosie herself. Situated in Horsefair in Chipping Norton, it’s a good place to get ideas and buy special gifts; you’ll find vintage and antique pieces for the home, mirrors, kitchenalia, glass and ceramics.


Iona House Gallery, 4 High Street, Woodstock OX20 1TF

Founded in 2002, this highly respected Woodstock-based art gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, craft and jewellery from established artists and burgeoning talents. More than 100 English, Scottish and Russian artists are represented.


All Dressed Up, 8 Middle Row, Chipping Norton OX7 5NH

A children's boutique with its own brand of clothing, designed by its award-winning owner, Julia Cook. There's a wide selection of other labels, too, such as Hatley, Frugi and Toby Tiger. This is a treasure trove for children up to the age of eight.


Teddy Bears of Witney, 99 High Street, Witney OX28 6HY

If you love teddy bears, a visit to this charming shop is a must. Established in 1985, Teddy Bears of Witney has the finest and most collectable teddy bears in the world. On permanent display, among other familiar old friends, is Aloysius, featured in the 1980s television series, Brideshead Revisited.


Iona House Gallery, 4 High Street, Woodstock OX20 ITF

Founded in 2002, this highly respected Woodstock-based art gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, craft and jewellery from established artists and burgeoning talents. More than 100 English, Scottish and Russian artists are represented.


The Old Pill Factory, 53 High Street, Witney OX28 6JA

Spread over two floors, the Old Pill Factory in Witney is the place to visit for furniture, glass, toys, clothes and garden pieces. You’ll find a group of dedicated antiques experts who are passionate about antiques and vintage homeware.


Tickitty Boo, 6 Middle Row, Chipping Norton OX7 5NH

A children’s boutique with its own brand of clothing, designed by its award-winning owner, Julia Cook. There’s a wide selection of other labels, too, such as Hatley, Frugi and Toby Tiger. This is a treasure trove for children up to the age of eight.

Places to visit


Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP

One of Britain's largest and most famous stately homes, Blenheim Palace offers a host of treasures to discover. There are guided tours of the staterooms and a chance to explore the estate's sumptuous parkland. A new Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and Footsteps Trail opened in 2015, taking visitors on a journey through the key achievements in the great statesman's extraordinary life and his early years in this area. Churchill's grave can be seen in the churchyard at nearby Bladon.


Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton OX7 5QB

An unusual circle of 77 heavily weathered, closely-set slabs of local Neolithic limestone, known as the King's Men, traditionally a monarch and his courtiers petrified by a witch. The Rollright Stones also include the Whispering Knights burial chamber, and single King Stone, which is on the other side of the road. They span nearly 2,000 years of Neolithic and Bronze Age development.


Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth GL54 3LJ

Situated in a secluded part of the Coln valley, the Roman villa at Chedworth dates from around AD 120 and is open daily from mid-February to the end of November and was originally believed to have been a farmhouse.


Rousham House & Garden, Rousham OX25 4QU

With the pretty River Cherwell flowing through the grounds, Rousham is one of Oxfordshire's loveliest mansions. Dating back to 1635, the house was remodelled over 100 years later and there is more than a hint of the Italianate about the garden with its cascades and ponds, groves, the Temple of Echo and the seven-arched portico known as Praeneste. A peaceful stroll along the tree-shaded Long Walk is a must.


The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock OX20 1SN

Based in Woodstock, the Oxfordshire Museum celebrates the delights of this varied county by focusing on local history, art, archaeology and landscape. There are events and activities for children and adults, four galleries of changing exhibitions and attractive gardens to explore.


Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott GL7 3HJ

This beautiful house, built from lovely mellow golden stone, was the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. Kelmscott is home to fascinating and important collections of textiles, furniture and paintings, spanning more than 300 years and reflecting the ideas and creative legacy of those who lived and worked here.


Minster Lovell Hall, Minster Lovell OX29 0RR

Shrouded in mystery and with a haunting, tangible air of the distant past, the romantic ruins of Minster Lovell Hall stand on the banks of the River Windrush. The village of Minster Lovell captures the essence of sublime Cotswolds' architecture.


Cogges Manor Farm, Witney OX28 3LA

Cogges Manor consists of a 13th-century house and 17th-century farm buildings. These days it's a popular heritage centre with a strong emphasis on horticulture, rural crafts and family-friendly entertainment. It's also just the place to help understand the origins of early rural life and put the past into perspective.


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.


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.


Badbury Hill, Great Coxwell

The site of an Iron Age hill fort known as Badbury Camp, suggested as a potential site of the (possibly mythical) 5th- or 6th-century Battle of Mons Badonicus, where (just perhaps) King Arthur defeated the Anglo-Saxons. Known locally as Badbury Clump, it's roughly nine acres of woodland, and absolutely full of bluebells in May. Also:


Buscot and Coleshill Estates, Coleshill SN6 7PT

Two very English villages and the mosaic of fields, water meadows, spinneys and parkland that surround them. Traditionally farmed and covering 7,000 acres, there are miles of circular walks and family trails. Buscot is a haven for wildlife, and there's a real sense that time has stood still at Coleshill.


North Leigh Roman Villa, Witney OX29 6QE

This English Heritage site at North Leigh, near Witney, consists of a large, well-constructed Roman courtyard villa with a historically important, near complete mosaic floor, which can be seen through a viewing window.


Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford OX18 4JP

A day out at this popular visitor attraction is always a memorable experience – not least for the 260 different species of animals to be found here. Covering 160 acres of parkland and garden, the Cotswold Wildlife Park represents the largest privately owned zoological collection in Britain. There’s also a narrow gauge railway.



Just like London, Oxford can hold your attention for days. There really is that much to see and do. A walk through the ancient streets of Matthew Arnold's 'city of dreaming spires' is surely the best and most effective way to see this world-famous seat of learning. As well as the 12th-century Carfax Tower, with its memorable views, and the Botanic Garden - a quiet backwater in the heart of Oxford - there's the chance to visit many of the University's 38 colleges and even explore the familiar haunts of Colin Dexter's legendary detective, Inspector Morse.


Rycote Chapel OX9 2PE

Historic 15th-century chapel with beautifully carved and painted woodwork and many fascinating features, including two17th-century roofed pews and a musicians’ gallery.

There are numerous walks of all shapes and sizes and there’s also a good selection of long-distance trails, which can be adapted into manageable chunks – the Thames Path is close and the Heart of England Way, the Wychwood Way, the Oxfordshire Way and the D’Arcy Dalton Way are all worth exploring.

The Oxfordshire Cycle Way runs near the Artist Residence so it’s only a matter of minutes before you’re following this popular route, one of many enjoyable cycle rides following quiet lanes and off-road stretches through the region. For something a bit different, try a combination of bike and train, using the nearby Cotswold Line. A string of local stations enables you to use the service on a hop-on, hop-off basis. If you get the chance, call at Kingham, which is served by the Cotswold Line and was once judged ‘England’s Favourite Village’ by Country Life.

Look out for a great many festivals, special events, sporting fixtures and cultural evenings in the Cotswolds region. Cogges Manor Farm (see places to visit) hosts traditional festivals and theatrical performances, while Chipping Norton’s theatre boasts an eclectic programme of live theatre, music, dance and comedy, culminating in the renowned annual pantomime. Among other annual events are the Blenheim Horse Trials and Stroud Food Festival in September and the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: South Leigh is signposted off A40 near Witney 8 miles west of Oxford

By Rail: The nearest station is Hanborough (1 hour from London Paddington) and is a 15 minute taxi ride from the pub


Station Road , South Leigh, Oxfordshire, OX29 6XN

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