With so many pubs in Chipping Norton steeped in history and brimming with charm, you’ll be hard pushed to know which one to choose.
From old coaching inns to medieval hostelries lovingly brought into the 21st century, Chippy pubs boast beautiful Cotswold stone, roaring fires, lip-smacking food and a great choice of local and specialty ales. Not to mention wonderful hosts!
Pride, passion and personality
The Chequers dates back to the 1500s and cleverly combines the warmth of a traditional pub with the class and variety of a contemporary hotel.
Built in medieval times at the entrance to the market place, The Chequers now offers a spacious restaurant, a barn conversion perfect for a function room, and a fully stocked bar which has been awarded the Cask Marque of Excellence.
Forget games machines, pool tables and juke boxes. The Chequers offers a blazing fire in winter, and a year-round welcome from chatty landlord Jim Hopcraft and his friendly staff. Combine a visit to the next-door Chipping Norton Theatre with lunch, a sample of the a la carte restaurant, or a reviving brew at this fascinating establishment.
The Blue Boar
Music, dance, quiz night and the big screen
The Blue Boar is a traditional free house offering top notch food, real ales and a truly old-fashioned welcome. Long-time hosts Mike and Sarah are always happy to see new faces enjoying the various brews and sampling the menu of traditional, home-cooked food.
This is a busy pub, with a wealth of entertainment to choose from. Crib on Monday night, darts on Tuesday night, quizzes on Thursday night – past county champions! – and live bands and discos at the weekends. Not forgetting The Blue Boars’ big screen TV, making it a great place to catch all your favourite sporting events.
One of Chipping Norton’s oldest inns, first licensed in 1683, this lovely pub also has plenty of places for quiet relaxation, and a mysterious garden room called the ‘Fibbers Bar’. Why?
Call in and find out…
Rest a while and catch up on the news
The Fox has reopened after a major revamp, and it’s looking sleek and wonderful. Still retaining its Chippy character, however, it’s an honest, established pub serving tasty lunches and dinners in the middle of town. The Fox is the place to sample quality beer and traditional food in warm surroundings.
Choose between the Locals Bar – where town folk meet to exchange stories and gossip – and the Market Place Bar, where you can take a break from shopping or sightseeing to enjoy a quiet tea or coffee while taking in the birds-eye views of Chipping Norton’s hustle and bustle.
Recent winner of Pride of Hooky and Hooky Diamond Awards, The Fox offers a selection of real ale including the famous Hooky Bitter, also guest beers and a choice of country wines. The restaurant serves a wide variety of traditional meals all prepared with fresh, local produce.
The Fox also offers quality accommodation if you want to extend your stay in Chipping Norton.
The Red Lion
The lion heart of the Cotswolds
The Red Lion may be the smallest pub in Chipping Norton, but it possibly has the biggest heart.
Landlord Stuart Taylor prides himself on running a ‘real’ character pub with no gimmicks, just great Hooky beer, friendly company and lively conversation. With roaring fire in winter and beer garden for the summer months, The Red Lion offers free Wi-fi and newspapers.
A genuine part of the community, the pub has local darts, domino and crib teams. It has raised funds over the years for the Lawrence Home Nursing Team and Katharine House Hospice, with more money-raisers in the works.
The King’s Arms
Fit for a king in the heart of Chippy
This 300-year-old former coaching inn is a true all-rounder, having adapted over the centuries to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers.
In the centre of town, The King’s Arms offers traditional meals, friendly service and a range of ales. With a daily lunch menu and evening meals Monday to Thursday, the free house has three large plasma screens for sporting entertainment, along with a couple of pool tables. Ensuite and family rooms are also available for overnight accommodation.
Take a break from shopping or combine a theatre visit with King’s Arms refreshments, and have a chat with landlords Viv and Avril, both born-and-bred Chippy locals with a wealth of knowledge about the area.
The Crown and Cushion Hotel
Find out Who is over the moon
Bringing more than a touch of class to the High Street, The Crown and Cushion Hotel with its four-poster beds and cast-iron baths takes elegance and luxury to a whole new level.
A 15th-century coaching inn once owned by legendary ‘Who’ drummer Keith Moon, this 40-bedroom hotel in the heart of town offers a staggering range of facilities including cosy traditional bar and lounge, bistro restaurant, Alfresco terrace dining, private function suites, conference rooms, Health Club and great accommodation.
Choose from full meal at the bistro, or lighter food in the All Seasons Bar, where everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy coffee or something stronger in front of the roaring fire.