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All 88 Witney Restaurants

The Hand and Shears

Church Hanborough, Witney OX29 8AB, England
01993 881392
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Ranked #14 of 88 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
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We were staying in a local cottage for New Years and decided to visit the local for a few drinks and some food. The pub itself is lovely, exactly how you'd imagine a country establishment to look and feel. The owners were very friendly and welcoming and the food was excellent. I had the confit of duck and my girlfriend... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Our first Christmas lunch here and we were not disappointed. Starters of perfectly cooked scallops in pesto cream and a wonderful Scotch egg with a difference, chopped mushroom with breadcrumbs surrounding a soft boiled egg, were delicious. We both had free range goose and turkey with orange and thyme stuffing bacon-wrapped with seasonal vegetables The turkey (a very generous portion)... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Have eaten here on many occasions, as it was the main lunchtime venue choice of my elderly parents who were tremendously well looked after by Chris, the landlord, for a number of years. He went out of his way to welcome them and be attentive to their wants, in a completely genuine way. The meals have always been delicious on... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Went here for a business lunch. Nice place, very friendly and attentive staff, nice owner, very pleasant and polite.. BUT .. the menu is somewhat dated and this is illustrated by the age demographic here of a lunchtime ... oap city!! If you like a full 'dinner' at lunchtime, then great. I'd prefer a more modern menu with lighter choices.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We spent a lovely evening at the Hand and Shears. A small family gathering, only six of us. We received a very warm welcome, the food and service was excellent. After our meal we all sat round the lovely open fire in comfy chairs - such a friendly atmosphere and so comfy we didn't want to leave.

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Additional Information about The Hand and Shears

Address: Church Hanborough, Witney OX29 8AB, England
Phone Number: 01993 881392
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Witney
Cuisine: English, Pub

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