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The Greyhound Inn - Pub in Oxfordshire

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Main Street Letcombe Regis, Wantage, OX12 9JL, Oxfordshire
England, United Kingdom

Catriona Galbraith
+44 (0)1235 771969(landline)

Proper village pub with good food and cosy upstairs rooms; country walks lead from the door and Oxford is half an hour away

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This 18th-century redbrick pub is set on a quiet road in the heart of a small village close to the Uffington White Horse and is a popular draw for locals and visitors. Leading Oxfordshire chef, Martin Sherriff, produces locally-sourced menus that change with the seasons - whether you go for Duck breast, duck fat hash brown, Shropshire Blue custard, blueberry ketchup, red cabbage or Twice-baked Leonard Stanley Gloucestershire cheddar soufflé with smoked haddock chowder, this is cooking of a high order. Two-course 'Midweek Fix' menus on Wednesdays are a steal as is the weekday Lunch for Less. Pick up a map from the bar and explore the surrounding countryside – there are fantastic horse-riding and mountain biking routes too. Return for a pint in the back garden or inside next to the fire. It's exactly the sort of pub we love.

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.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
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 Catriona Galbraith:

Local points of interest from
Catriona Galbraith:

  • Letcombe Regis, 2km from the historic market town of Wantage (birthplace of King Alfred) is the perfect base for exploring the landscape, villages and history of the Vale of White Horse, as well as visiting Oxford, Cotswolds, Berkshire Downs and Newbury.
  • Letcombe Regis is a pretty Downland village within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the village has many thatched houses and a medieval church with a Norman tower.
  • Letcombe Regis nestles in a valley below the Berkshire Downs and the ancient Ridgeway track, which runs across England, is 87 miles long and is frequently used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Nearby attractions include White Horse Hill (NT).
  • Take the footpath to Warborough Hill above the village and enjoy dramatic views over the Thames valley in Oxfordshire to the north and the rolling and unspoilt Berkshire Downs to the south with miles of little-know tracks ideal for mountain bikers.
  • Dog-walkers will love the huge views that can be accessed from the pub door. Circular walks to Letcombe Bassett encompassing the Ridgeway or the easier route, following Letcombe Brook through the Nature Reserve, are delightful throughout the year.
  • Lambourn, known as the 'Valley of the Racehorse', is a few miles away and is home to many champion racehorses who can be glimpsed training on the gallops above Letcombe or trotting through the village. Newbury is also close by for racing enthusiasts.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Despite its recent face-lift, this lovely pub has remained at the heart of the community thanks to owners Catriona and Martyn, who have lived here for 20 years. It has everything you want from an 18th-century pub - beams, wonky floors, cosy quiet corners - but with plenty of contemporary touches and an imaginative menu from new chef Liam Whittle. Relaxed, unpretentious, a proper local hub."

Florence - Sawday's inspector, United Kingdom

June 2019

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Special Offer: Lunch for Less - Enjoy 2 or 3 delicious courses from our award-winning fixed price Lunch for Less à la carte menu every weekday. £24 for 2 courses, £29 for 3 courses.


Starters from £6. Lunch from £6.50. Dinner from £14.50.



Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Secure garden; country walks; maps. Close to Ridgeway path; woods, streams & fields too (horses & sheep so some signs for dogs on leads). 2 dog-friendly rooms.

Dog treats:

Four-legged friends are offered a selection box of tasty treats, comfy bed, water bowl, a towel to dry muddy paws after country walks and a couple of poo bags.

Dog fee:

£15 per dog per night.

Bringing your dog

Main Street Letcombe Regis, Wantage, OX12 9JL, Oxfordshire


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