The Five Horseshoes | Pub in Oxfordshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Five Horseshoes - Pub in Oxfordshire

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Maidensgrove, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6EX, Oxfordshire
England, United Kingdom

Dan & Tracey Taverner
+44 (0)1491 641282(landline)

High and remote, friendly and cosy, with open fires and a seasonal menu of delights, from roast haunch of venison to pub classics

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This cute pub-cottage sits on Maidensgrove Common, in a remote spot high in the Chilterns, on a lane that winds past Russell's Water near Stonor House. Arrive early for the best seat in the garden and the finest view in Oxfordshire: imagine gazing on rolling hills, pint of Brakspears to hand, red kites wheeling overhead, steaks sizzling on the chargrill. Windows in the conservatory dining room also get the view – or you can head for the rambling bars where roaring hearths warm the cockles. Find low crooked ceilings, beams, nooks, burgundy carpets, cushioned settles and tables that have been collected over years – a perfect place to tuck into fresh, plump mussels and chunks of homemade bread to mop up the juices. They make their own ginger beer and there are roasts on Sundays. Then head off into the hills.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
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.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

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Dan & Tracey Taverner:

  • No music, no fruit machines, No tack of any kind. Just old world charm and unspoilt character. Outside, no traffic, no noise, just breathtaking views over the Chilterns
  • Walks: The Five Horseshoes sits at an intersection of several national trails. The Chiltern Way, The Shakespear Way, the Ridgeway, The Ikneald way and others, which makes it one of the best walking areas in the South of England
  • Great, freshly prepared food, everything made to order on the premises. "probably the best steak you will ever have"
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Guest feedback
"What a lovely lunch. Starters of curried parsnip soup and game terrine, followed by fish and chips, and beef cheeks. WOW! The beef cheeks were amazing with the horseradish mash. Fabulous staff -- felt very safe with the masks and distancing. Thank you."

Terri - Winnersh, Berkshire, United Kingdom

December 2021

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Lunch & dinner £8.50-£16. Bar meals £5-£9.75. Sunday lunch £13.75.


Monday. Sunday eves.


Maidensgrove, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6EX, Oxfordshire