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XIX-century English Pub and Eating House

“Civilised and friendly stripped-stone pub with enjoyable food and good wine choice.” by The Good Pub Guide


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Good Food Guide 2015-2018

We are delighted to share our good news with you that our dining pub has been included again as a “Local Gem” entry in the 2017 edition of THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE!

The Good Pub Guide 2009 – 2018                                                     Approved and recommended

Civilised and friendly stripped-stone pub with enjoyable food and good wine choice.

“…Civilised and friendly stripped-stone pub with enjoyable food using local produce and good wine choice..”

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Alastair Sawday’s 2008-2018

Pubs & Inns of England & Wales. Special Places.

“A robust 19th-century dining pub tucked away down in a lan in a village eight miles from Oxford… wood smoke tinges the air; …the excellent wine list… Whatever you decide to eat… the food is a treat: splash out on potted shrimps with toast, then salmon and prawn fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce…”

NB! We, The Oxford Arms, are very grateful that the Alastair Sawday’s Guide included us as their main entry in 2008 year. However, we decided not to cooperate with this guide any more starting from 2019 due to their review about The Oxford Arms stays the same for more than 10 years, which means there was no inspector in our venue since the first publication. We have changed a lot since 2008, in particular, the menu changes seasonably with daily specials to use even more local produce (we use 85% of local produce and some of the ingredients are from our organic Kitchen Garden and Kirtlington village itself), our garden looks great because we invested not just only a lot of money but also a lot of energy and love, our interior decorating evokes so many compliments, etc. etc. If the Alastair Sawday’s guide want to renew our presence in the guide, and this is only possible if the food inspectors make a new visit, then we will be happy to return.

Customer’s Review:

“Dear Bryn,

Just to thank you so very much for a wonderful Sunday lunch. It’s always a treat to be cooked for by you, but this meal was particularly memorable. I guess that because you are toiling away at your stove
so much of the time, you sometimes don’t realise the remarkable (and consistently excellent) quality of your dishes, in which the flavours and textures of your fine local produce really sing.
I eat out quite a lot in London, and get very irritated by expensive, fussy, ‘showing off’ cooking. What a relief to return to well-judged flavour combinations and real quality (that magnificent beef on Sunday, for instance) at very reasonable prices.
I can only dimly imagine quite what hard work is involved in running a small eatery at a time of economic stringency; all I can say is that your industry, expertise and invariably warm welcome make eating at the Oxford Arms a consistent delight.

With best wishes,

Rev. R. (S.)”


Customer’s Review:“This is a lovely, cosy & unpretentious pub with a very inviting fire & excellent hearty, robust food. They use lots of fresh local produce & have a small but serious wine list. A particularly tasty Cornish mackerel stands out in my memory: it was chatting me up at the bar as I remember… as I say, a serious wine list!”by Ronni Ancona

AA Pub Guide 2015-2016

Dating from 1862, this attractive stone-built village inn prides itself on providing a warm welcome mirrored by its real log fire. In summer, head to the patio for alfresco dining near the kitchen garden that produces a supply of herbs, salad leaves and soft fruits. Inside, freshly-cut flowers and wax-encrusted church candles on the tables adds a rustic touch to proceedings. Everything in the kitchen is made from scratch from local produce. Start perhaps with organic salmon gravad lax or pork pie with green tomato chutney before enjoying slow-roasted belly of pork with black pudding and lentils.

CAMRA Good Beer Guide

From the large wood-burning stove to the church candles on pine tables, this stripped stone 19th century inn has it all. The beer quality is matched by the quality of the food; locally sourced or grown in the pub’s own kitchen garden (the triple-cooked hand-cut chips are a must!). THis is a popular venue during the Kirtlington Lamb Ale festival, held every year over the weekend of Trinity Sunday, 56 days after Easter Sunday, with “dancing, mirth and merry glee”.

 Oxford Mail

“… The Oxford Arms being a relaxed, timeless sort of place… A simple but perfect for a Wednesday lunchtime…”

 “Winter Warmer” by Katherine MacAlister. “The Oxford Mail”. November, 2011

Great British pub awards 2009

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Friendly pub, good food with great value. Staff are friendly and happy to help have recommended to all my friends and now we all meet there once a week for coffee.” by CoffeeLady,  @ 15:25

The Oxford Arms is situated in a wonderful 19th century building steeped in history. Here you can dine on delicious British meals within stylish yet comfortable surroundings.” pubsandbars/oxford-arms-info-42269.html

I love it here, the people are lovely the foods great and its just got a really friendly and warm feel to it :)”

The Oxford Times

“… I signed off my laudatory Oxford Times article by saying: “I am just going to have to go back – soon.” But stupidly I didn’t, and it was not until two weeks ago that I stepped once more into this wonderfully ‘pubby’ place… Our meal certainly showed this good name to be justified. Both the quality of the ingredients and the way these had been handled in the preparation of dishes made it obvious that here was a place where people cared about good food, and their customers’ enjoyment of it…” by Chris Gray. The Oxford Times

The Oxfordshire Limited Edition

“…there was nothing to distinguish The Oxford Arms from any other gastro pub – until the food arrived. To cut a long story short it was the most memorable meal I’ve had for a long time – a feeling reflected around the table. ‘The best roast in memory’, ‘the best fishcakes’ and ‘the best Sunday lunch’ were just a few of the compliments bandied about…” by Katherine MacAlister. “The Oxfordshire Limited Edition73”. Two_for_one/

The Oxford Times

My kind of “eating house”… It truly is first-class… I began with “pie of the day’ – a delicious blend of caramelised onions, leeks and goat’s cheese in a rich, greasy pastry. Also on the menu is hand-raised pork pie with chutney (I got some of that too). I’m sure it’s a corker… You know, I’m just going to have to go back – soon.” by Christopher Gray. “The Oxford Times”. Oxford Times_October2004.docx

The Oxfordshire Limited Edition

Much more than a pub… My lamb was delicious – cooked “medium-rare”, just as I requested, and perfectly complemented by the roasted peppers and new potatoes… I never really meant to have pudding, but when the landlord casually mentioned that the dessert of the day was summer pudding, I couldn’t resist…” by Sarah Meyrick. “The Oxfordshire Life”. OxfordshireLife_July2004.docx

My last visit was on Rememberance Sunday, which proved a very busy day for The Oxford Arms; service was consequently a trifle slow (but not unforgivably so). The food however was of the usual high standard at this excellent country pub. Several well-kept ales were available. Worth a journey.” by DrBunsen,.

Great pub – nice atmosphere, guest beers, really good food including some fish specials.” bydoccox.


The Oxford Arms is one of our Bicester office’s top 5 places to eat. It is a lovely 19th-century English pub and eating house with a wood-burning stove and excellent gastropub-style food.”

The Oxford Arms is the epitome of the country gastro pub. Warm welcome, warm atmosphere, golden pine tables and log fires. Short menu that changes with the seasons. Several starters that can be ordered as a main. An English menu with European influences.”

There are certain types of “locals” that you only get to have in your village if you are very lucky indeed. “The Oxford Arms” is exactly that sort of village pub, with an enthusiastic following of regulars and many from further afield seeking it out in Kirtlington. Billed as a “19th century English Pub and Eating House” the traditional stone inn boasts a very stylish and comfortable interior and very friendly staff. The food is as comforting as the surroundings, with dishes such as potted shrimps with toast, venison burgers and 28 day aged sirloin steak with hand cut chips and green peppercorn sauce on offer. The pub also serves some respected ales and has a very good wine list making it a lovely place to while away a few indulgent hours.” Review added by ROUND & ABOUT

Love British Food

This is the epitome of the country gastro pub. Warm welcome, warm atmosphere, golden pine tables and log fires. Short menu that changes with the seasons. Several starters that can be ordered as a main. An English menu with European influences.”

Twitter reviews….

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Fancy a delicious lunch in the country?

Monday - Tuesday
Lunch (12 noon to 2 pm)

Dinner (on Monday 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm; on Tuesday 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm)

Thursday - Saturday
Lunch (12 noon to 2 pm)

Dinner (6:30 pm to 8:45 pm)

Lunch (12 noon to 2:30 pm)
Dinner closed

Closed Wednesdays, Sunday evenings, bank holiday evenings, Christmas Day evening and Boxing Day.

Opening Hours Update: 

Closed from Sunday, 23rd September till Thursday, 27th September.

Closed from Monday, 3rd December till Friday, 7th December lunch time. We'll reopen for dinner on Friday, 7th December.

NB! The Oxford Arms is suitable for over 12 y.o. only.


The Oxford Arms is an award-winning XIX century dining pub in Oxfordshire run by chef patron Bryn Jones since 2003.

We serve good, honest food with a minimum of fuss.

The menu changes seasonably with daily specials to use even more local produce (some of the ingredients are from our organic Kitchen Garden and Kirtlington village itself).

Our real log fire will keep you warm in winter and our beautiful garden patio will keep you cool during hot summer days.

You will be looked after from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.


The Oxford Arms
Troy Lane

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