The Sir Charles Napier

“An amazing dining experience among the Chiltern beechwoods”



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Despite being well and truly hidden down rural Oxfordshire lanes, this one is definitely worth seeking out. Named after the British Army general who became commander-in-chief in India in the 19th century, this sublime flint-and-brick destination dining inn is just 10 minutes from the M40. Locally-felled timber fuels the fires in the bars, while further neighbourhood exploitation is evidenced by the hedgerow and field-sourced herbs, fungi, berries and game. You can eat inside, on the vine-covered terrace or under the cherry trees beside Michael Cooper's big, black marble sculptures and watch red kites soaring overhead. Once you negotiated their extensive and highly praised wine list take a look at the blackboards and seasonally inspired menus. Here you could find dishes such as Brixham crab, tomato consommé and brown crab mayonnaise; saddle of venison, roast celeriac and blackberries; wild mushroom risotto and shaved ceps; and pork belly, creamed cabbage, pickled walnuts and apple.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Sir Charles Napier
Spriggs Alley, CHINNOR, OX39 4BX


About the area

Discover Oxfordshire

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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