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All 86 Witney Restaurants

The Hand and Shears

Church Hanborough, Witney OX29 8AB, England
01993 881392
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Ranked #13 of 86 Restaurants in Witney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: English, Pub
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Croydon
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We ate (and drank!) at this friendly pub and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My wife had pan fried sea bass with cherry tomatoes and I partook of the pan fried cod with prawns. Both were delicious and accompanied by perfectly cooked vegetables. The bill came in at under £50 and included two glasses of Chardonnay and a pint of perfectly... More

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Warwickshire
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We eat here on Sunday lunchtime, accompanied by our dog. Can't recommend this establishment enough. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We didn't have to wait long. The service was first-class. The ambience was relaxed and friendly. 10/10 in every area.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I was visiting from the USA and my family and I had been to Blenheim palace and unfortunately we had a blow out in my tire and fortunately for us it was right by the hand and shears the pub was a godsend and the owners wonderful we had some drinks and a wonderful meal while we waited for the... More

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Penkridge, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We broke down on our way back from Blenheim Palace outside the pub and as soon as it opened the owner came outside to see if there was anything he could do. He even tried to help us find accommodation in case we were stuck over night. We sat outside enjoying the sunshine and the free snacks he bought over... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Can you find a more authentic pub in England? I am a pub lover and tend to visit many establishments around the country, but it is difficult to find a place like this one, with fresh beer, great food, cosy ambience, excellent service and lovely atmosphere - if every pub were like The Hand and Shears ...

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UK
Top Contributor
316 reviews 316 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
386 helpful votes 386 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Well cooked food with a modern presentation. Good varied menu with reasonable prices although theses days starters and deserts are getting somewhat pricy. Free wi fi is a big plus. Would certainly return if in the area.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We arrived early for a 1 p.m. Sunday lunch but were seated (with a well-kept pint of Wells’ Eagle) within moments. The service throughout was excellent, both from the young and polite waiting staff and from the landlord himself. My mother in law and I chose the seabass fillet with asparagus for starters: it was a light, delicate, lemony concoction... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We stumbled across this pub after a very long day at the 2014 Game Fair at Blenheim. Immediately made to feel welcome. Fast service, and the most delicious dinner. My partner is fussy. There is always something that he doesn't approve of. But this was fantastic. The starters were delicious. For the main course I had the most delicious crab... More

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Broxbourne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Passing through this afternoon on way to Ross On Wye. Stopped off for a spot of lunch and were very impressed. The pub is beautiful. It has been thoughtfully extended and looks as though it has recently been refurbished. The decor has rustic charm with an open vaulted ceiling exposing the beams. The dining area is light, airy and spacious... More

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Witney, United Kingdom
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We count ourselves very lucky to live within a mile or so of The Hand and Shears now that Chris and team have taken it in hand. They are the best thing to happen to the pub since it was so well extended by Steve Chick a good ten years ago. The thought and care that goes in to the... More

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