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The Hand and Shears

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Church Hanborough, Witney OX29 8AB, England
+44 1993 881392
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I arranged a get together with my sisters and brother at this lovely pub, as it was fairly centrallly placed between Nottingham, Bath and Guilford. We had the table by the open fire with Hugo, the owner's dog quietly lying behind us, making sure we felt looked after. The meal was straightforward pub fare - reasonably priced, well-cooked and nicely... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

I met some friends here for dinner on a Saturday evening because it was central to all our locations. The gentleman serving drinks was very welcoming. Friends had already arrived and were told our table was in the bar area as it was warmer, which is was, it's a nice area. There was only one table being used in the... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

We visited on a very quiet Monday night at the end of the month. The landlord was most welcoming. The food was great and although the menu is quite small it was varied enough to appeal to a variety of customers. Well worth a visit.

Thank whitea1214
Cassington, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a friendly village pub that serves good food without any pretensions. The majority of the menu is mainstream pub fare but there are always some individual additions. The pies are always worth trying, stuffed full with meat and flavour in a thin pastry "basket" without a top - stunning.

Thank Nigel A
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Visited on Saturday 29 October. Lovely meal, very helpful waitress. The open top beef pie was delicious and the ice cream is highly recommended

Thank Cymraes55
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Visited with my partner and our 2 dogs on a Saturday night. Excellent food , great choice of wines and fantastic staff. Nothing was too much trouble and they made our dogs just as welcome as us. The log fire and cosy seating area in the bar made it feel like home from home . Highly recommend and we will... More 

Thank tessNtash
Harlow, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

I ate here on a Saturday evening as a party of 8, including children and a baby. We came across the pub after a quick. Google and trip advisor search of pubs close to Eynsham Hall. This certainly did not disappoint, and if we are ever passing will definitely go back to eat and drink. From the moment we walked... More 

Thank cbaw
Witney, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

We eat at the Hand and Shears quite often, it is always good with friendly and efficient service and excellent food. The ambience and atmosphere are great, you feel among friends when you walk in. We went there for our wedding anniversary dinner recently and it was particularly special. They looked after us really well and the meal was superb.... More 

Thank clive957
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

My friends and I had a lovely meal here. Owners and staff were very friendly and attentive. Would definitely eat there again.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We have visited this beautiful pub a few times now (mostly weekends )and we can not fault it ! We are always made to feel welcome - even if we haven't booked a table. The staff are super friendly and they are brilliant with children. Highly recommended well done !

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Church Hanborough, Witney OX29 8AB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Witney
  • Phone Number: +44 1993 881392

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?