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

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The Perch - Pub in Oxfordshire

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Binsey, Oxford, OX2 0NG, Oxfordshire
England, United Kingdom

Jon Ellse
+44 (0)1865 728891(landline)

Braised ox cheek? A pint of scrumpy? There’s no better place to park your punt than by the willow-fringed gardens of the glorious Perch

Off one of the main arteries into Oxford, you spin down a leafy lane for half a mile to arrive in a hamlet with two ways to go: ‘the Perch and ‘the Church’. At the former you find walkers with dogs, students with laptops and Londoners down for lunch. The building is listed, the fire is lit and the setting is idyllic, with a garden path arched by fairylights winding down to the river; Alice in Wonderland had its first reading here. When the sun shines, dine beneath the willows in the huge garden, enjoying delights from the shed bar, or beneath the beamed ceiling of the dining room. The food is fantastic: potted rabbit and smoked bacon, globe artichoke and mint salad, crayfish cocktails, river trout fishcakes, English cheeses, seasonal sorbets, jam tarts for kids. What Jon doesn’t know about hospitality could be written on the back of a stamp. 

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.
Food all day
Food is served all day long.

Local points of interest from Jon Ellse:

Local points of interest from
Jon Ellse:

  • The Perch has been a haunt for some our best poets and authors and a frequent refuge for Inspector Morse.
  • This is where Lewis Carroll and the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed to the pub July 1862 with three young girls — Lorina, Alice, and Edith Liddell.
  • While journeying slowly from Folly Bridge to near Godstow, Carroll began at their request to make up a story that later was expanded into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Points of interest

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Starters £5.95-£9.95 Mains £12.95-£19.95. Sunday lunch £13.50-£16.95.


Open all day.


Binsey, Oxford, OX2 0NG, Oxfordshire