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The Abingdon Arms

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English, British, Pub
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High Street | Beckley, Beckley OX3 9UU, England
+44 1865 351311
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

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  • 20
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 3
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great pub food, great beer, friendly staff

I visited yesterday with my wife and 3 young children. This is a lovely country pub. The menu is no nonsense, pub food delivered to a great quality. Very friendly staff. I will be back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Scott W
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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42 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I visited yesterday with my wife and 3 young children. This is a lovely country pub. The menu is no nonsense, pub food delivered to a great quality. Very friendly staff. I will be back.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Glad your enjoyed your Sunday lunch. We are a family pub, we welcome children of all ages, and aim to offer good beer, friendly service and a traditional pub location. We can get very busy on Sundays and we always recommending making a reservation for Sunday Lunch if at all possible. More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We visited the Abingdon Arms for a second time after a really good visit before. We went for the Steak night on Tuesday and were happy with both the service and the food and waiting times. The lady running the bar was very polite and efficient ensuring that all the customers were happy. Busy bar area and a couple of... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed our Tuesday Steak and wine offer, it is proving very popular! More 

Cotswolds UK
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is the second time we've been here. The last time in the summer took "hours" to get served and today was the same (a Tuesday lunchtime) we only had lasagne and whitebait and it took over an hour. What would happen if they were busy god knows! It was also very cold, the pub not the food which was... More 

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

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. We are a small family business trying to get through our first winter running a pub. We are spending a small fortune on heating a drafty old pub, and I am surprised you found it cold. We are trying to set appropriate staffing levels for a winter lunchtime, clearly we got it wrong... More 

Oxfordshire, UK
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My first visit here was really positive so we went back again on Friday evening. Food was ok but all cold - cold soup, cold chips and cold fish. Service was also slow. We had booked for 7.30pm and we weren't the only ones who had issues on Friday. I think the Manager was off and the 2 waitresses were... More 

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

I'm sorry your recent visit wasn't as good as your first. My wife and I did have a family commitment that evening, and our assistant manager ran operations. I will find out whilst we were a bit slow that evening. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Booked a table for six including toddler who did toddle around. Very laid back atmosphere. On entering the pub it feels more like home with leather settee by fireside including newspapers. Our table was in restaurant area. Most tables were taken. Very amiable and helpful staff. We ordered 1 x pea soup, 3 x roast beef, 1 x Leg of... More 

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

Glad you had a relaxed Sunday lunch, and thanks for confirming the Birthday party. The suggestion re vegetables is a good one and we will look into it. Thanks for your business. More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We have visited The Abingdon Arms a few times with friends and also as a family.The food is ok not worth the amount you are charged could do with a couple of pound taken off.The place it's self has a nice relaxed atmosphere and the staff are friendly.

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

Thanks for your feedback. I must admit its the first time we have had this feedback; we aim with our food pricing to offer competitive pub classic food, to a high standard and with good quality. We are a small family business running a small country pub, so we cannot compete therefore with high street multiples who have larger turnovers... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We heard the Pub was under new management so with some trepidation we decided to give it visit. We arrived on a bitterly cold day to be greeted by a great host good food and wonderful ambience . When we had finished our meal we sat by the fire to finish of our bottle of wine. Just the perfect Sunday... More 

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

Glad to hear you had a good experience. We are a small family business, and Sunday lunch is our busiest time of the week, we try hard to provide good home cooked food with good service, and I am glad we met your expectations on the day. More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We has been recommended to this venue and decided it would be a good place to have Sunday lunch. On arrival we were advised that our meal would be delayed but we were prepared to accept this in order to have a good meal. The meal arrived 1 1/4 hours after our booked time which seemed a little excessive. The... More 

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

I am sorry your visit recently was a disappointment. We try hard to please our customers as a small family business, so it is of course disappointing to read you were not happy. Regarding your wait time, my understanding is that your party did not take to their table until 30 minutes after your booked time, due to some of... More 

Warwick, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

What a delightful experience! A genuine old English public house with such wonderful staff. The food was excellent and the whole evening was so good. I would recommend anyone to go there and enjoy all aspects of a truly beautiful establishment. Thanks so much everyone there.

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

Thanks for your lovely review. It was great to meet you and learn about you cycling and bird watching exploits! We hope to see you again soon. More 

Reading, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
260 reviews 260 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Dogs allowed, staff and owners very involved and very friendly. Pub is very old and really fits with the character of the village. Great place to stop before or after a long walk through the surrounding countryside.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Steve V, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review. We are a small family run pub, and we pride ourselves on being a family friendly, and dog friendly pub (dogs are only allowed in the bar). I'm really glad you enjoyed your visit. 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 - 54
  • Cuisine: English, British, 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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