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).