The Crown Pub with rooms in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Prices from:
£150 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Rejuvenated inn; stroll to Blenheim
  • Cool, café-bar vibe
  • Great coffee and cakes all day
  • Retro, Scandinavian-style décor
  • Seasonal, modern British food
  • Wood-fired oven; delicious pizzas
  • Five unique and very special rooms
  • Courtyard – peaceful alfresco haven

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Overview

The Crown Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TE

The personal touch

Well known in Oxford for owning the iconic Duke of Cambridge and The House, both cool cocktail bars, and the foodie Anchor pub in Jericho, Julian Rosser snapped up The Crown, his first venture outside the city, in 2013. Located in a prime corner position in the heart of Woodstock, just strolling distance from Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century stone building was in serious need of some TLC following years of neglect. New life has been injected into the building following a painstaking 20-month refurbishment, with Julian pushing open the doors in late 2014 to reveal a sparkling new look. Designed by Julian’s wife Justine and her company Dexterous, the look is tasteful rustic, more retro Scandi-style with cool green walls, acres of wood floors, exposed stone, trendy lamps, Nordic chairs and colourful retro sofas in several stylish and informal seating areas. The light and airy conservatory-style restaurant boasts a striking tiled floor, simple painted chairs at wooden tables, potted plants and a wood-fired oven where you can watch your pizzas being prepared and cooked.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar but not in the rooms.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome throughout the pub; there’s an under 12’s menu (crudités & houmous; mozzarella & tomato pizzetta, fish fingers, chips & peas; chocolate brownie & ice cream); and they are welcome overnight, with z-beds (£25) and cots provided (babies free; monitors available).

Alfresco

Away from the hub-hub of Woodstock’s busy main street and accessed from the conservatory-style restaurant is a cool little courtyard for summer sipping. Green painted tables and fragrant herbs in tubs and urns on flagstones create a Mediterranean feel and it provides the perfect space for alfresco meals.

What’s the Damage?

5 doubles: £150 – £200.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private Dining
  • Disabled access to bar and dining room
  • Street parking; town car park 3 minutes walk away

 

Sleep

The Crown Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TE

Do not disturb

The five quirky and very individual bedrooms were completed in May 2016 following refurbishment of the upstairs space and the wait for these super comfortable rooms was well worth it – they are the icing on the cake for The Crown. All are very spacious, uniquely designed and decorated, featuring bold artwork, rich colours and fabrics, an eclectic mix of modern and antique furnishings, room for a seating area (most have comfortable sofas), big beds topped with the best linen, down and colourful blanket throws and cushions, and cast iron radiators. Style and attention to detail extends to special bathrooms, all kitted out with smart Lefroy Brooks fittings, including three with claw-foot baths, bathrobes, fluffy towels and handmade soaps. Two rooms overlook the High Street, so expect some traffic noise.

Creature comforts

Super king beds; bathrobes; Lefroy Brooks showers & baths; Green & Spring Bathroom Products; handmade soap (Cyril’s Soap Shed); loose leaf tea (Rare Tea Company); fresh coffee (Union)

Gadgets

Smart TVs; Bose sound dock; Roberts radio; room safe; wi-fi

What’s for Breakfast?

Pastries; muesli, Greek Yoghurt, berries & honey; avocado on sour dough, poached eggs; breakfast bap; mushrooms on toast; scrambled egg & smoked salmon; full English breakfast

What’s the Damage?

5 doubles: £150 – £200.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private Dining
  • Disabled access to bar and dining room
  • Street parking; town car park 3 minutes walk away

 

Eat & Drink

The Crown Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TE

Mastering the menu

In keeping with the relaxed vibe of the place, the short, seasonal menus are built around the open-to-view wood-fired oven and the simple, full-flavoured starters, most of which can be ordered in larger portions as sharing platters. Cooking is modern British with a distinct Italian flavour, with pecorino pesto served with lamb rump, and a pan-fried hake, chorizo and white bean stew, topped with garlicky aioli, for example.

On the menu

(Starters: £5-£8; Pizzas £8; Main Courses: £11-£20; Desserts £4-£6)

Crispy squid, chilli jam; meatballs, tomato sauce, parmesan; beef carpaccio, rocket, grana padano; tiger prawns, olive oil, garlic, parsley

Wood-fired pizzas (chorizo, chilli, rocket; ham hock, egg, spinach); Hake, white beans, chorizo, samphire, aioli; Lamb rump, bulgar wheat, chargrilled vegetables, pecorino pesto; Lemon & thyme corn-fed chicken, chickpeas, fennel, slow roasted tomatoes

Chocolate parfait, berry compote; Pear & almond tart, mascarpone; Affogato

Sunday Roasts

Expect to find a choice of roasts every Sunday

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10.30am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (4pm Saturday & Sunday)
Dinner: 5pm – 10pm (9pm Sunday)
Coffee, tea & cakes/pastries all day

Local, local, local

Hook Norton ales (www.hooky.co.uk)
Goat’s cheese from Witney
Cotswold Gin (www.cotswolddistillery.com)

Behind the bar

Mouth-watering cakes and pastries in a glass cabinet on the bar underline the informal café-style feel of the Crown. Add excellent hand-roasted Union coffee and loose-leaf teas from the Rare Tea Company and it’s easy to see why the bar buzzes all day, serving breakfast, morning coffee and pastries and delicious afternoon teas. Those intent on drinking alcohol will not be disappointed – there’s Hook Norton Copper Head Ale and Two Cocks Cavalier and Roundhead beers on handpump, alongside exciting premium beers and ciders on tap, perhaps Kozel, St. Mungo from West Beer (Glasgow), Wadworth Corvus Stout, and Aspalls Suffolk Cider. Most of the wines on the extensive wine list are available by the glass or carafe (23), and an eclectic range of boutique gins and vodkas and malt whiskies line the back bar shelves. Don’t miss the Happy Hour Cocktails between 5 & 7pm (Sunday to Thursday) – anyone for a Raging Bison or Ginger Tom.

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

5 doubles: £150 – £200.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private Dining
  • Disabled access to bar and dining room
  • Street parking; town car park 3 minutes walk away

 

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 Crown

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The Cotswold Cheese Company, Moreton in Marsh GL56 0AH

A purveyor of an incredible selection of the finest cheeses with a good selection from local producers. They also sell other artisan and local produce such as local breads, biscuits and crackers, chutneys and local potted meats.

4

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.

5

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.

10

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.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Crown

Activities

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Heythrop Park Golf Club, Enstone, Chipping Norton OX7 5UE 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.

4

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.

5

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.

25

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.

Shopping

16

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.

17

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.

18

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.

20

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.

21

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.

22

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.

23

Aston Pottery, Aston, Witney OX18 2BT

Expect a varied choice of hand-stenciled pottery at Aston, near Witney - all of it manufactured and decorated on the premises. This is just the place to browse and buy, and there's a good and popular cafe, too.

24

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.

Places to visit

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Hidcote Manor Gardens, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR

Hidcote is one of the country's greatest gardens, full of rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world. In addition, there are superb views across the Vale of Evesham from the garden.

7

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.

8

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.

9

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.

10

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.

11

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.

12

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.

13

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.

14

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.

15

Bampton OX18 2NE

Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, Bampton is a bustling village with many fine buildings and a good range of amenities, including the West Ox Arts Gallery, based in the town hall. Renowned for its Morris Dancing traditions, Bampton is also regularly used for village scenes in the hugely popular television drama Downton Abbey.

26

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
The 102-mile Cotswold Way National Trail takes in some of the best scenery the region has to offer. There are thousands of miles of footpaths and the area has a reasonable claim to be a walkers’ paradise. The Oxfordshire Way starts in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire and takes you to the banks of the River Thames in Henley. The route passes through a variety of contrasting landscapes and settlements including two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the rolling Cotswold Hills and the Chilterns.

Cycling

www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com
www.in-gloucestershire.co.uk
www.aboutthecotswolds.co.uk
www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
Not too hilly, not too flat – Oxfordshire’s a good place to cycle, with lots of lovely scenery and a variety of routes for all abilities. There are several long distance routes, plus lots of bridleways. The Hanson Way starts in Oxford itself and follows the Thames Path to Abingdon and Didcot. The Cotswolds are particularly good for off-roading, with a network of tracks, but road cyclists won’t be disappointed either, as there are some spectacular hills and very tricky climbs.

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, Countryfile Live at Blenheim, the Stroud Food Festival in September and the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Beside the A44 Oxford to Cheltenham road in the centre of Woodstock

By Train: Nearest railway stations are Oxford (8 miles – 30 minutes by bus) and Hanborough (10 minutes by bus and an easy taxi ride).

Address:

31 High Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TE

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