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The Hand and Shears

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Church Hanborough, Witney OX29 8AB, England
01993 881392
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Harlow, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW

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
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

1 Thank Kerry B
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 !

1 Thank 201Clo
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Visited for a quick lunch. The Burger was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. Not dry like so many. Nice relaxed pub atmosphere with friendly resident dogs. Will return to try again.

1 Thank ThomasHoldsworth
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

My wife and I and our firneds have been to the pub a number of times and alsways good. On this occasion we all found the mneu VERY limited, I had a mozzarella salad which consisted of a lot of mozzarella on thickly cut tomato slices drizzled with oil and a few green leaves. For main we had a mixture... More 

Thank bigtel2016
Batheaston, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016

It was quiet when we visited but the atmosphere was friendly and the staff attentive. The menu was limited for our tastes but we made a choice, my partner had meat pie, I went for the stuffed peppers. We both had a dessert and the whole meal was nicely presented and very enjoyable.

1 Thank paulinerodea
Fairford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2016

We visited here with friends for lunch today, 4 adults and 1 toddler. The lady that works at this pub is an asset, she was welcoming, friendly and helpful. We were seated at the front of the pub next to a roaring fire, it was comfy, comfortable and the Locals at the bar were also friendly and accepting of a... More 

3 Thank Jacs2010
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016

There is a surprisingly spacious restaurant at the rear of this traditional Cotswold pub. It makes for a relaxed and peaceful eating experience. Service was very friendly and considerate for our mid-week lunchtime meal. Food was straightforward and well presented - nothing flashy, just good pub grub. Also good value at the lunchtime specials rate.

Thank Steve M
Woodstock, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016

A spur of the moment lunch to cheer us up on a wet day. Friendly greeting on arrival. Very good special one course menu for £8, freshly cooked and served on warm plates which is especially important to me. Rated this pub as 4 star instead of 5 as we thought the measure of wine served, albeit a small, was... More 

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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Church Hanborough, Witney OX29 8AB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Witney
  • Phone Number: 01993 881392

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