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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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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
Aptwo1
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London, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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solihull
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great homecooked food, lovely setting and friendly staff. Beer garden amazing and the ice cream was delicious.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
335 reviews 335 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We had booked a table for a three generation family lunch, with some coming from London, some from the Midlands. First the good points. This is a pretty pub with a nicely set out dining room. When we arrived, they had already put out two high chairs for our little grandsons. Our order was taken quickly, and the waitress asked... More 

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

Sorry that you didn't have a good experience. Regarding the gluten free option we always ask if there is dietary needs on booking a table, so we should have been expecting this, if we were told. The Ham and eggs weren't off, in fact we had sold out; although the restaurant was quiet, outside in the garden we were very... More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Charming country pub that feels like it's been there for centuries. Menu was varied and good value. Probably the best meal we can remember eating in a pub, absolutely stunning freshly cooked food - we had beer battered haddock and vegetarian lasagne. Wonderful local ice-cream with a great range of flavours to choose from. An extremely good selection of cask... More 

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

So glad you enjoyed the experience and thanks for the review. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Ideally situated venue for a wake. Great village pub with fabulous views over the Oxfordshire countryside. A friend recommended The Abingdon Arms when we were looking for a venue for my Mother in laws wake. Sam was so friendly and accommodating, she couldn't do enough to ensure the afternoon ran smoothly. A variety of menus to choose from, all homemade... More 

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

Glad you found we meet you needs at a difficult time for your family. More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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

Thanks for your review. I think it is appropriate for other readers of your review to know some of the background to your review, and they can then form their own impression. We are a small family business, my wife Samantha, Son Will (our head chef) and myself making up the team, with support staff of course. We are a... More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 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 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
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 

A TripAdvisor Member
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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant 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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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 16 - 55
  • 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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