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The Abingdon Arms

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High Street | Beckley, Beckley OX3 9UU, England
+44 1865 351311
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Description: The Abingdon Arms is a quintessential country pub, set in the lovely...
The Abingdon Arms is a quintessential country pub, set in the lovely Oxfordshire countryside, 4 miles from Oxford and and 10 miles from Bicester. Situated on a limestone escarpment at over 300 feet above sea level, our garden offers commanding views across Otmoor, looking over Charlton on Otmoor and further afield towards Bicester and beyond. We offer a countryside escape from the hustle and bustle over nearby Oxford and Headington, and also a pleasant detour away from the daily grind of the A34. Beckley is an idyllic Oxfordshire village, with a long and rich history. We have a large bar, and attached restaurant, and together with our lovely garden, we can accommodate over 70 for lunch or dinner. We are also a great location for an Oxfordshire countryside wedding reception, or other family events; see our page regarding hosting your event here. We are both family and dog friendly (bar and garden only for dogs), and welcome walkers stopping off the Oxfordshire Way for a rest! We are also only a mile away from the RSPB Bird Reserve at Otmoor. We offer a large range of Brakspear and guest beers, wines from Cockbarn and Campbell, and a full range of home cooked food sourced wherever possible from local Oxfordshire suppliers. We are proud to be a traditional village local, at the heart of the Beckley village community, as well as a great place to eat and drink with a short drive from Bicester, Oxford and the surrounding villages of Otmoor. We look forward to making you welcome! Samantha, Steve and Head Chef Will.
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Good for:
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great pub dinner

Had a really enjoyable few beers and dinner with friends here. A lovely venue with great views, friendly staff and two dogs in residence! All very informal but welcoming. I highly recommend the two for one Tuesday steak night. £25 for two steaks (really good too) and a bottle of wine (lovely). Will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I hate writing negative reviews but last night's experience was very disappointing. I had booked a table at 8.15. When we arrived there were very few people in the dining room. We ordered within about 5 minutes and waited for the food to arrive . . . and waited . . . and waited. We were very hungry and after... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a really enjoyable few beers and dinner with friends here. A lovely venue with great views, friendly staff and two dogs in residence! All very informal but welcoming. I highly recommend the two for one Tuesday steak night. £25 for two steaks (really good too) and a bottle of wine (lovely). Will definitely be back. The yard is very... More 

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Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed it, steak night on a Tuesday is a great deal and very popular. Hope to see you again soon. More 

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7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Popped in today for Sunday lunch , we weren't disappointed lovely pub , great food really lovely roast beef with all the trimmings , good service made to feel very welcome by all , will definatly be returning & pass it on to all my friends .

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Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed you visit. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I have been staying locally, whilst working. I came here on my first evening, I have since become a regular. Sam and Steve, who run this lovely country pub , made me very welcome. I have eaten here several times and each time the food as been excellent, from a steak mid week to a Sunday dinner. Being here one... More 

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Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely feedback Lee. Its been a pleasure getting to know you. Samantha and I wanted to run a village pub, with good food, great beer and good atmosphere and Its great to get the feedback that we are succeeding. Tripadvisor doesn't have a "pub" category, so we get lumped in with establishments that are restaurants only. Our... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My wife and I went with friends to The Abingdon Arms and had a great time. Irish music, cold Guinness and a good helping of Irish stew. What could be better. New landlord/landlady who were very friendly and welcoming. Looking forward to our next visit probably a Saturday night soon.

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Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, I am glad you had a good time on Saint Patrick's Day, we certainly did as well! More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We held a Wake for my mother yesterday at the pub following a service at the Crematorium. Steve and Samantha did a fantastic job particularly as we'd said there would be 70 people and these were in fact over 100. The service was great, the food was good and they made everyone feel very welcome. I would have no hesitation... More 

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Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We are pleased we met your expectations on what was of course a difficult day for you. Your group was the largest we have catered for so far since we took over this lovely pub in August, and I am pleased with how well the team copied. More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went for a great evening full of fun and Irish laughter and tunes. The landlady was welcoming and stayed cool under a very busy bar. Would recommend a visit without hesitation.

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Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the St. Patrick's night event, we will have more music and other similar events to follow soon! More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

We felt our party was accomodated very well. We rented a room for a wake where we were served platters of food. The food was all homemade and very delicious! I highly recommend a visit and they have two steaks and a bottle of wine for £25 on Tuesday evenings! Bargain! Thank you for your hospitality at such a hard... More 

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Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Samantha and I really appreciate your feedback. We try hard to provide a considerate and caring service for post funeral events, with homemade food as you state. I am glad we met your expectations on the day. More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

What a lovely friendly place to visit, beautiful setting absolutely one of the most exquisite country pubs you could wish to visit, food is second to none, all your needs accommodated by the most friendliest staff, must mention the landlady Sam, as nothing is too much trouble to make sure your visit warm and welcoming, 10 out 10

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Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Delighted you had a great time with us. Come and see us again soon! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Excellent service. Top quality meal. beautiful setting and a reasonable price all made for a great experience to the abingdon arms. Personal high light was definitely how friendly warm and helpful the staff were. Oh and a great sticky toffee pudding.

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Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review. We are a family and dog friendly village pub aiming to offer good food and drink, but not forget that we are first and foremost a pub! Glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: High Street | Beckley, Beckley OX3 9UU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Beckley
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 351311

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 53
  • Cuisine: British, English, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

The Abingdon Arms is a quintessential country pub, set in the lovely Oxfordshire countryside, 4 miles from Oxford and and 10 miles from Bicester. Situated on a limestone escarpment at over 300 feet above sea level, our garden offers commanding views across Otmoor, looking over Charlton on Otmoor and further afield towards Bicester and beyond. We offer a countryside escape from the hustle and bustle over nearby Oxford and Headington, and also a pleasant detour away from the daily grind of the A34. Beckley is an idyllic Oxfordshire village, with a long and rich history. We have a large bar, and attached restaurant, and together with our lovely garden, we can accommodate over 70 for lunch or dinner. We are also a great location for an Oxfordshire countryside wedding reception, or other family events; see our page regarding hosting your event here. We are both family and dog friendly (bar and garden only for dogs), and welcome walkers stopping off the Oxfordshire Way for a rest! We are also only a mile away from the RSPB Bird Reserve at Otmoor. We offer a large range of Brakspear and guest beers, wines from Cockbarn and Campbell, and a full range of home cooked food sourced wherever possible from local Oxfordshire suppliers. We are proud to be a traditional village local, at the heart of the Beckley village community, as well as a great place to eat and drink with a short drive from Bicester, Oxford and the surrounding villages of Otmoor. We look forward to making you welcome! Samantha, Steve and Head Chef Will.

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