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“Friday lunch - kids.”

The Three Pigeons Inn
Ranked #13 of 193 Restaurants in Banbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $65
Cuisines: British, Pub, Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Settled in the heart of Banbury The Three Pigeons Inn has been at the very heart of the community since it first opened its doors back in the 17th Century. It has created so many memories for customers of all ages and taken its rightful place in the hearts and minds of the many residents both in the town and in the surrounding areas. The Three Pigeons Inn has being lovingly restored to its former glory and has now achieved it's first AA Rosette. It is now a free house with guest accommodation, with our main focus being our fabulous food. We offer modern English cuisine prepared freshly using locally sourced produce by our award winning Head Chef. Throughout its vast restoration project, and since opening, the motto at The Three Pigeons Inn has always been to do everything to the best of our ability, the end result speaks for itself. We have now passed that motto on to our team, whether it's a morning cappuccino next to one of our coal burners, or a three course meal in our Winter Garden, The Three Pigeons Inn will always deliver 10 out of 10. The Three Pigeons Inn is opening its wings to invite you into areas of the building previously hidden from sight. They are now being used to create a space for you to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. What you will find in place of the old neglected lounge is a transformation to the extraordinary. The bar will be a central feature so that our friendly staff are never too far away. Three guest bedrooms have been added along with a new Kitchen and Beer cellar. The gardens have been landscaped and a function room has been built.
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Friday lunch - kids.”
Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Popped on here with (young) family & friends looking for relaxing lunch on a Friday. Mildly concerned as website didn't mention children's menu but they had great menu for kids and crayons etc. Food was great, very nice risotto, & staff were very friendly and atmosphere relaxed. Really enjoyed our lunch.

Thank Mark Y
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English first
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The best Sunday lunch I have ever tasted”
Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

We searched tripadvisor for a recommendation as we happened to be in Banbury this lunch picking up an eBay purchase and we liked the sound of The Three Pigeons.

I could spend a hour waxing lyrical, but the short version is:

Staff - incredibly polite and couldn't do enough for us

Food - Stunning. Gob-smacking. Incredible - Sunday lunch that leaves you reeling...

Atmosphere - friendly and cosy

Overall, we're going to find many more reasons to be in Banbury so we can go back

6 stars!!!

And did I mention the food... OMG it was heaven... Topside of beef that was sent down from up high... Lamb that was crafted from taste perfection...

Skip all the rest of the menu, have a roast and a bottle of red. The large portions and quality will leave you utterly contented and yearning for another visit.

Thank Anthony M
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Banbury, Oxfordshire
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104 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Birthday party a great success”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

I recently organised my husband's 60th birthday party at the Three Pigeons. As there were seventeen of us I chose to book the separate Function Room which meant we could make as much noise as we wanted and not disturb anyone else's evening.

Paul Berryman was fantastic - nothing was too much trouble in the run up to the evening and I e-mailed him several times with little things I had thought of to make the evening as special as possible for my husband.

We all had to pre-order our meals and we chose two different starters and two main courses for our guests to choose from. As I had ordered a birthday cake I felt we could have this for dessert but I added a number of cheese boards to our menu so that our guests could enjoy some cheese and biscuits at the end of the meal. Fabulous, fantastic selection of cheeses!

Everyone arrived at the bar and enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and we were then shown across to the function room. My husband had put together a 70's play list of music which Paul had loaded on to their music system so we had our choice of music playing throughout the evening.

The meal was a huge success, Paul and his staff were extremely attentive and couldn't do enough for us.

We all ended up in the bar towards the end of the evening and everyone said what a very special place the Three Pigeons was.

Of course there were one or two 'incidents' with the taller guys head-butting the beams, but as soon as you walk into the pub you are aware that this is an extremely old building and take a bit of extra care when walking from one area to another.

I would like to also add that the bill was a very pleasant surprise - we paid for the entire evening and including all the pre-dinner drinks, wine during dinner, whatever anyone else wanted if they didn't want wine, four bottles of Prosecco for the birthday toast the total was £570.00 - about £33.00 per head - excellent value!!!

Thank you to everyone who was concerned with making this a birthday to remember!

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Janet H
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Brackley, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Highly recommended”
Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

Had another excellent meal at The Three Pigeons. Everything contributes to the making of a most enjoyable meal out - food, menu choices, ambience, service.
Rib eye steak is brimming with flavour and the pigeon breast starter is a real treat. If we'd had room for dessert I've no doubt it would've been wonderful too.
Impressed by how a mix up with our reservation on arrival was handled quickly, efficiently and without a fuss. Mistakes do happen - it's how you deal with them that matters.
Shan't hesitate to go back (soon).

2 Thank DebAndGeoff
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“Lovely Meal and service”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Hi, went with a friend to The Three Pigeons last Wednesday, our third visit. We arrived early, just after 6 to get an early meal and were surprised when we were informed they were fully booked. However, they were able to fit us in, as with others after us, and all was good. Both food and service were excellent, and very good value. Really pleased that there is a decent pub to go to in the middle of town. Thanks very much. We will return (although will probably book next time!).

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Caroline322
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