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The Abingdon Arms

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Bar, British, Pub
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High Street | Beckley, Beckley OX3 9UU, England
+44 1865 351311
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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78 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went for dinner with a group of friends. I had one of the worst meals in a restaurant I can remember. Starting with Tomato and Mozzarella which was virtually inedible - thin slices of over-processed rubbery stuff, with some bits of tomato and cucumber on the side swamped in a claggy, thick dressing. The main event, the salmon was... More 

Thank Anneandtim
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'd been to nearby Otmoor nature reserve and took a longer walk back to the car than anticipated and ended up in Beckley village and as we decided to stop for a drink - which turned into lunch after we'd viewed the menu. Staff were friendly and service was quick. I opted for a baked Camembert from the starters menu... More 

Thank isisjem
London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wrote a critique of this pub recently and received a comment from Management stating that I had not visited the pub before and that comments like mine damage the reputation of these establishments. Naturally I removed my review and checked whether in fact this was the Abingdon Arms that I had visited a year or so ago as I... More 

Thank Struan e
Nicky W, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. We have only been here for a year, so your previous review was maybe relevant to the previous owners. We are always delighted with the comments that we get from visitors who say that we still look like a traditional British pub, with non matching tables and chairs and proper worn wooden floorboards. We definitely... More 

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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a friendly pretty pub that we have now visited twice, once last winter for a drink and again this month for dinner. The staff are welcoming and friendly, service efficient and not at all slow. The drinks we had on our visit this month as well as in the winter were great. When we visited in winter it... More 

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Nicky W, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

We do take on board your comments regarding the garden, but the pub is currently up for sale so unfortunately budget for gardening is not available. Regarding the trees, we are located in a conservation area and have to apply for any reduction in the size or removal from the local council. Hopefully by next summer when new owners are... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This was our second visit within a month to the Wednesday Steak night. First visit excellent . Not this time. I ordered a medium rare steak . Came out medium to well. The second attempt more like blue . It was if the chef(cook) showed the meat the flame and then slapped it on my plate (cold) . Third try.... More 

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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Limited menu but the sausage and mash was delicious as was my friends salmon, beautifully presented and just the right amount! Lovely surroundings and friendly staff would recommend as good value for your money

1 Thank Shash61
Nicky W, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave this nice review. Nicky More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

A group of three females called in at this delightful and unpretentious village pub on a weekday lunchtime. We got a friendly welcome, a choice of tables - we were quite early - and were quickly settled with drinks and menus. All three of us chose the tomato and basil soup followed by starters. The menu didn't say it was... More 

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Nicky W, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review, it means a lot to us and our team to know that you enjoyed yourselves. Nicky More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

We have often visited the Abingdon Arms over the years and it has been alright. But now it is very good indeed. Today we went for a light lunch - crayfish tails, smoked salmon, salad and bread. The dressing was outstanding, while the quality and quantity of the crayfish and smoked salmon was exceptional. We are looking forward to more... More 

Thank Paul H
Nicky W, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review, we look forward to welcoming you again. Nicky More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We stumbled across this pub whilst out for a country drive and we so glad we did, the staff were friendly and helpful finding us a table in the garden which has terrific views of open country. Our prawn cocktail starters were very good but the main courses of roast beef with all the trimmings were just amazing, I honestly... More 

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Mantua, Italy
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

I was staying in Beckley for the summer 2 years ago (2014) with friends and found the Abingdon Arms almost immediately. It's a combination of local pub and area restaurant. Right when I arrived it had just changed hands, and the owners were completely revamping the menu. Their son was head cook, and he has superb taste. Every dish is... More 

Thank 312741Juan3939
Nicky W, Owner at The Abingdon Arms, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review, hopefully see you again soon! Nicky More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $24
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
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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