The Ballroom Restaurant is the main dining option at The Old Crown, a historic coaching inn in…
The Old Crown Coaching Inn
“Charming, quirky and beautifully atmospheric” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
The Old Crown Coaching Inn is a historic coaching inn at the heart of Faringdon, lovingly restored with luxurious accommodation. The restaurant offers an impressive, opulent dining experience with dramatic high ceilings, large gilt mirrors, an original stone fireplace and mezzanine lounge. Unique contemporary art designed by the owner's daughter creates a vibrant interplay between the historic and the contemporary. Wooden floors, baby grand piano, luxurious velvet armchairs and dramatic fresh flower arrangements continue the luxurious fine dining atmosphere.
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About the area
Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.
The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.
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