The Fleece Pub with rooms in Witney, Oxfordshire

Prices from:
£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Peach Pubs Witney outpost
  • Super spot; overlooks Church Green
  • Laid-back vibe; good food all day
  • Smart, newly revamped rooms
  • Private dining/meeting room

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Overview

The Fleece Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4AZ

The personal touch

The Witney outpost of the small, independent and huge successful Peach Pub Company is a handsome 10-bedroomed inn overlooking the beautiful church green in this classic market town. Flanked by gorgeous Georgian houses and making the most of its swanky location, with tables on the green for summer alfresco drinking, the Fleece has proved a hit among Witney residents for its chic décor, laid-back atmosphere, and its Continental-style opening time of 8am for coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Expect Peach’s unique and stylish formula – leather sofas around low tables, fresh flowers and fat candles, and mirrors and modern artwork on warm, earthy coloured walls – and a lively, buzzy feel to the place.

Sticky fingers

The relaxing and informal vibe extends to a warm welcome to families with half portions or simplified versions of the dishes available. Extra beds are available and cottage has two inter-connecting rooms.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar and overnight in one of the rooms (£10 per night).

Alfresco

Arrive early to bag one of the sought-after pavement tables that overlook the attractive village green and surrounding Georgian houses.

What’s the damage?

10 doubles/twin: £95-£135

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining/meeting room

Disabled access to bar, restaurant and one bedroom

Parking – rear car park & street parking beside green

Sleep

The Fleece Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4AZ

Do not disturb

Ten bedrooms are split between the inn and the adjoining cottage; all were stylishly spruced up in late 2018, so expect a contemporary smart decor and swish newly tiled bathrooms with rain showers and posh Damana toiletries. Rooms range from cosy to premium doubles and the spacious four-poster (the best in the house) and you’ll find deep armchairs, classy throws on big, comfortable beds, quirky motif wall coverings, and modern lamps and mirrors. Front rooms overlook with the attractive town green – a peaceful base for both the business and leisure traveller, offering great value and proximity the charming villages and rolling landscape of the Cotswolds.

What’s the damage?

10 doubles/twin: £95-£135

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining/meeting room

Disabled access to bar, restaurant and one bedroom

Parking – rear car park & street parking beside green

Eat & Drink

The Fleece Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4AZ

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6.75-£8.50; Main Courses: £13.50-£27.95; Desserts £6.25-£10.50; set weekday lunch 2-courses £14.50, 3-courses £17.50)

Good modern food is served throughout the day, so you can pop in to peruse the papers, order a pint of Abbot Ale or one of 14 decent wines by the glass and tuck into a delicious deli-board, perhaps a selection of charcuterie or a fish board, both served with bread and chutney. Alternatively, go for a stone-baked pizza, a fish goujons, lettuce and tartare sauce roll (served with chips or soup), or a classic Caesar salad. Lunch and dinners menus extend the choice to include starter or main course size dishes, say, haddock smokie with crusty bread. Alternatively, kick off with venison and pheasant terrine and follow with lamb kleftico, creamy mash and mint gravy or 28-day dry-aged rib-eye steak (Aubrey Allen) with chunky chips and peppercorn sauce. Expect fresh, seasonal produce, including free range and fully traceable meats. To finish, try the pear and almond tart or the chocolate brownie with raspberry ripple ice cream, or opt for selection of artisan cheeses. Expect a mind-boggling choice of drinks, from delicious cocktails, a raft of gins and wines and premium juices, soft drinks and interesting booze-free cocktails.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 11am

Food all day: 12 noon – 10pm (9pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the damage?

10 doubles/twin: £95-£135

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining/meeting room

Disabled access to bar, restaurant and one bedroom

Parking – rear car park & street parking beside green

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 Fleece

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Chequers, Churchill OX7 6NJ

Excellent gastropub where you can enjoy some fantastic modern British food from regularly changing blackboard menus. The beers are good, too, but you can also try a glass of wine from the very good menu or maybe a cocktail. The steak and chips is first class.

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New Wave Fish Shop, 40 Dyer Street, Cirencester GL7 2PF

Being in landlocked Gloucestershire is no excuse to miss out on the best and freshest fish and seafood and New Wave fishmongers stocks a fantastic selection sourced directly from Devon, Cornwall and Shetland. The shop also sells a range of local and seasonal produce, such as Cotswold game, Wye Valley asparagus, and wild mushrooms.

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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.

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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.

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Dolcetti Ice Cream Parlour, Love Lane, Cirencester GL7 1YG

If you've tasted the wonderful Dolcetti ice cream on the menu at The Wheatsheaf, why not pop into the factory's 'parlour', which serves 24 different flavours of gelato, sorbets and yoghurt ice cream, all handmade on the premises using milk from local pedigree Holstein cows.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Fleece

Activities

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Chipping Norton Theatre OX7 5NL

Theatre, arthouse cinema, gallery and concert hall, they describe themselves as 'complicated and a little eccentric', and it's always worth a look to see what's on. A mixed arts venue hosting, co-producing and supporting some of the most exciting, accessible and entertaining culture in the region, there are also community and education programmes with workshops, classes and creative projects.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sailing, Cotswold Water Park

Between Cirencester and Swindon you can take to the water and spend the day enjoying the Cotswold Water Park’s excellent facilities. There’s plenty of choice – including windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing.

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Daylesford Cookery School, near Kingham GL56 0YG

This is a must for anyone with a passion for real food. At Daylesford, south of Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find an excellent choice – from classic courses such as quick and simple suppers and seasonal dinner parties to something niche and specialized – for example, nose-to-tail butchery and artisan bread making.

Shopping

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Jungle Boutique, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH

Among a host of prominent retailers at the heart of Cirencester is the Jungle Boutique, with a range of unique clothes, and accessories. French, Spanish and Italian designer ranges with an eclectic mix of striking jewelry and bags to reflect the latest fashions and trends.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins GL7 3JJ

Not exactly a museum, and not exactly a shop, Cotswold Woollen Weavers is a bit of both. The wealth of the Cotswolds came from wool, and you can learn about that here, and the processes that change wool to cloth. They proudly say they make 'useful and desirable things', and you can browse a selection of unusual items, from clothing to furniture.

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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.

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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.

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Fresh, Witney OX28 6GW

Well worth a visit, this independent, design-led, contemporary greetings cards and gift store was established by the residents of this charming old town at the heart of Oxfordshire.

Places to visit

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Upton House and Gardens, Upton, Banbury OX15 6HT

Stroll beside sweeping lawns and colourful herbaceous borders and reenact Downton Abbey by imagining the world of weekend house parties and legions of servants at this imposing National Trust house near Banbury.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AQ

With its picturesque stone buildings and pretty river Windrush running through the main street, it's easy to see why this spacious Cotswold village is so popular. Nearby at Lower Slaughter is the Old Mill Museum, which explains the history of this former flourmill, a key industrial landmark in the Cotswolds.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Pendon Museum, Long Wittenham OX14 4QD

This meticulously detailed model of the Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire is a breathtaking spectacle. Everywhere you look there are quaint thatched cottages, olde-worlde pubs and exquisite churches. Pendon is where the English countryside comes to life under one roof.

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Oxford

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.

Walking

www.walkinginoxfordshire.co.uk
www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org
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.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
The Oxfordshire Cycle Way runs near Witney 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.

Events

www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org
www.chippingnortontheatre.com
www.cogges.org.uk
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: Witney is signposted of the A40 between Oxford and Burford. Pub in heart of town beside the main green

By Rail: Nearest station is Long Hanborough, 5 miles from Witney

Address:

11 Church Green, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4AZ

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