The Abingdon Arms | Sawday's

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The Abingdon Arms - Pub in Oxfordshire

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High Street, Beckley, OX3 9UU, Oxfordshire
England, United Kingdom

Aimee Bronock
+44 (0)1865 655667(landline)

One of our favourite new finds: a thriving community pub with great food and a fabulous beer garden with views across Otmoor nature reserve

Oxford may be just eight miles away but you would never know it here in the heart of the Otmoor nature reserve. Taking pride of place in the pretty village of Beckley, the pub was heroically rescued by locals and placed into the warm care of Aimee and her brother Thomas. Now all is scrubbed pine, wood burners, fresh flowers and imposing beams and eaves; an owl hole window in the gable, a rustic chandelier. The friendly welcome is extended to dog walkers and children (who have their own menu), so bring the family for a big Sunday lunch or tuck into a supper of fresh fish or superbly cooked steak; you'll eat well here. On a sunny day, sit in the handsome beer garden with a golden pint of Shotover Trinity and a plate of fish and chips, enjoying the views across Otmoor. The locals love their newly-restored pub, and so will you.  

Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Aimee Bronock:

Local points of interest from
Aimee Bronock:

  • The pub has long been used by illustrious locals, Evelyn Waugh drowned his sorrows here after getting a third at Oxford, while Lewis Carroll was inspired to create the giant chessboard in Alice Through the Looking Glass by the chequered fields of Otmoor.
  • Otmoor Nature Reserve, managed by the RSPB, is a little known gem, teeming with wildlife, many species of bird and beautiful vistas. There are even otters to be spotted by lucky walkers.
  • With historic Oxford being only 4.5 miles away, the Abingdon Arms is the perfect place to retreat to after a day of exploring the colleges and cobbled streets of the famous university city.
  • Being situated on one of the highest points near Oxford, the views from our terraced gardens are among the best in Oxfordshire with visitors being able to take in the whole of Otmoor and the surrounding villages.
  • Otmoor has long been known to host murmarations of starlings between the months of November and February - an incredible natural sight and well worth the visit to experience.
Points of interest

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Starters from £6.50. Lunch from £8. Mains from £12.


Mon. Open all day Tues- Sun.


High Street, Beckley, OX3 9UU, Oxfordshire


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