Enchanting Cotswolds country pub
Punctuating a lengthy stroll in the countryside with a local ale and hand-pressed pie at a quality pub is a rite of passage for any Cotswolds first timer. And this bewitching inn, nestled in the Oxfordshire corner of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a fantastic find to indulge in the tradition.
With five gorgeous ensuite bedrooms, The Wychwood Inn doesn’t just fuel passing ramblers. A large garden for hazy summer evenings and a snug bar to cosy up by the inglenook fire in winter also make it popular with weekenders hungry for an authentic taste of village life.
Seasoned chef Joe McCarthy heads up the kitchen and, alongside hearty pub favourites such as calf’s liver and bacon with creamy mash and cavolo nero, crafts more refined dishes using local ingredients. The concise menu shifts with the seasons; recent additions include jerusalem artichoke tortellini with truffle oil and parmesan, and pan-seared hake with leek pearl barley, dill oil, buttermilk and crispy leeks.
Whether you go trad or trendy for your main course, leaving room for dessert is always a wise move. Artfully plated delights like the sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel, dates and Oxford bean puree are selfish pursuits. If you are the sharing type, opt for the cheeseboard of local artisan dairy. Vegans aren’t left out of the fun thanks to new plant-based options such as the almond pannacotta with pear, biscotti and toasted almond nibs.
High Street, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6BA
Chef: Joe McCarthy
Owners: Tracey & Paul Hunt
Room rate: From £99
- Kids welcome
- Dogs welcome
- Disabled access
- Parking available
- Private dining available
- Gluten free options
- Online booking
Evesham purple sprouting, crushed hazelnuts, parmesan, wild garlic mayo, sourdough crisp, £7.50
Pork belly, dauphinoise potato, tenderstem broccoli, pickled turnip, crackling, apple purée, cider jus, £18
Almond pannacotta, pear, biscotti, toasted almond nibs, £7.50
Joe is converting die-hard haters into lovers with his Marmite butter.