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Besselsleigh Road, Abingdon OX13 6DN, England
+44 1865 735234
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  • Excellent13%
  • Very good19%
  • Average12%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible40%
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“steak sizzler” (2 reviews)
“food arrived” (2 reviews)
“local pub” (2 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub
Besselsleigh Road, Abingdon OX13 6DN, England
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1 - 10 of 154 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Just thought we would call in for a drink the other night, to see if standards had improved since our last disastrous visit a few weeks ago. In a word NO. Although barely a few tables of eaters, our table had not been cleaned and...More

Thank glen394
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Massive shame this place cause most of the time food is good! Only reason I'm giving this review is because, I came here for breakfast with my partner and thought after paying the bill seems a little much, I got a break down of the...More

Thank Anke-katrina H
Reviewed September 10, 2017

Cold food, chicken was still slightly frozen! uncleared dirty tables, BBQ sauce was brown sauce, next course brought out before clearing the previous plates, no cutlery to eat your food and the cold pudding was warmer than the main course! No one asked if your...More

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Thank S1533FTstaceyb
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

We have visited a few times as we live nearby, but only for drinks. We decided to try the food, albeit only for our two children. Ordered fish goujons with chips & peas for both. The peas were horrible and had obviously been sitting in...More

Thank vestax32
Reviewed September 1, 2017

Excellent mixed grill for us and 5oz rump for our granddaughter ..very good service though some people moaning about waiting time...ours took 1/2 hour though was busy..and food was piping hot😃😃

Review collected in partnership with Greene King
Thank davidsN5026HZ
Reviewed August 22, 2017

Pub looked nice from the outside. Decor inside is starting to look a little tatty. Staff friendly but could have done with the line - is everything ok for you - whilst we we eating but none of this which was a shame. Food was...More

Thank malibulover2013
Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

I was absolutely amazed with how much this business has improved in the past month. I ordered a steak sizzler and my friend ordered the lasagne and it came out piping hot and although the whole place was packed, it came out incredibly quick! I...More

Thank Abigail J
Reviewed August 9, 2017

We had used this pub before whilst visiting a friend in a residential home. However the lunch we had today was rubbish. We ordered large portion sizes of breaded scampy pieces, chips and peas The the amount of scampi in the pieces was non existent...More

Thank magbillchisbauk
Reviewed August 3, 2017

we took my 16 year old stepson out for a meal to celebrate starting his apprenticeship, we gave him free rein of the menu and he selected a sharer starter, as none of us likes scampi or mushrooms we ordered it without both, when the...More

Thank A J Marsden
Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

Terrible place. Over an hour wait for food every time we asked they would say 10mins. The soup came it was cold got taken back there was only a quarter of a bowl with 3 slices of baguette no butter. Then the food came out...More

Thank Kay B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $19
Bar, British, Pub
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Besselsleigh Road, Abingdon OX13 6DN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Abingdon
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 735234
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