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“Good atmosphere and food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Thatch

The Thatch
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Ranked #1 of 35 Restaurants in Thame
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $39
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Home Style
Transit: Bus to Oxford / Aylesbury from out side the Pub. Nearest railway station is Haddenham and Thame.
Description: The Thatch is run by the award-winning Peach Pub Company. Founder, Lee Cash, was one of Raymond Blanc's inspectors on the TV show and, with co-founder Hamish Stoddart, was recently named in the Observer's Future 500 survey as one of the UK's Top 50 Talents in food. Peach's other Oxfordshire pubs, The Fishes in North Hinksey & The Fleece in Witney both feature in the Michelin Guide 2008.
High Wycombe, UK
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208 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere and food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

This was my first time at The Thatch. On the day after snow I thought it would be quiet but it was busy in my eyes. The waiter mentioned it was quieter than normal (for a Saturday lunchtime). Adding 2+2 this means it may be wise to book ahead.

It's an old pub with an extension. I prefer the old pub as I'm quite old. Younger people seemed to prefer the extension. It figures. Prime seats are next to the fire although you may get a little bit over-heated (there can be other reasons for that at my age though).

The service was impeccable for a pub. It had the right combination of attentiveness mixed with a giving you plenty of time (between courses for example), patience, quickly served drinks and professionalism. The staff work hard, for sure.

There was a good atmosphere with a mix of ages and groups all enjoying the good food and drink. Maybe getting out of the cold helped too. Plenty of family groups eat here as the menu appeals to all ages. There are a tables in nooks and crannies which means you can get some privacy (if romance is your thing or you're feeling shy) or the lively atmosphere of a pub or somewhere for the kids to have a bit of space.

The menu included several 'specials'. The selection of dishes appeals to most tastes with a wide variety of meats, fishes and vegetarian options without the menu needing to run to the size of a small book. You can have something simple (a burger or fish cake etc) or something a little more sophisticated (pan fried fish or steak etc). This selection of dishes is one of the secret's of the The Thatch's appeal.

There's no doubt they use fresh ingredients. The food was delicious. I had a mushroom starter from the specials board which was delicious.

The pub has street parking outside (for 2 hours during the day) and free parking not too far away. It's on the edge of the town centre with easy access from the M40 (5 minute drive from the north of Thame junction).

  • Visited January 2013
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Oxford
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106 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“V nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Good choice of fresh specials, friendly service and tasty food. Even if my anchovies and croutons were missing from my ceaser salad:)

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank hogfairfive
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lovely!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Nicest meal I have had out this year. Highly recommend the lamb shank - cooked to perfection.

Will definitely be back, friendly with a nice atmosphere. Good, subtle music choice also!

ENJOY

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Friendly and great atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

We have been here several times and many of our family and friends have also eaten and enjoyed a few drinks here as well in the past.
We normally ask to be seated in the central part of the restaurant where it tends to be louder and more lively. If you want something more romantic then you can ask to be seated in the older outer part of the restaurant. This time we met up with a couple of friends and given it was Christmas party season we were surrounded by tables having fun. I did think service would be pushed, but I have to say the team did an excellent job. The food arrived promptly and was very well cooked. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we will be back.
In the Summer there is an outside area which is great for Sunday lazy lunches or just popping into on the way home after some shopping.
If there is a drawback it’s that it’s the only real quality eating place in Thame, other than some good Indians and an Italian chain restaurant. So choice is limited and the menu can be limiting after a few visits.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Curryandy1962
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Thame, England, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere for an evening out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

The Thatch is always a safe choice for a good night out. We were sat in the corner which was nice as we weren't cramped. The atmosphere in the restaurant was chilled and relaxed.
The food was interesting and tasty, although quite pricy.
Will definitely return .

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Thank rainbow2012
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