Glympton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1EJ
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Glympton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1EJ
This traditional 17th century coaching inn located on the edge of a picturesque Oxfordshire village has been showered with accolades since it came under new ownership in late 2012. As much a locals pub as a dining destination, the winning formula here combines a warm welcome with delicious food and real ales. The menu celebrates the best of British, using seasonal and local suppliers with everything from jams and chutneys to ice cream, bread, sausages and even beer made from scratch on site. The daily specials board in the stylish and cosy bar and dining room with its fireplace, exposed brick walls, rustic wooden tables and chairs features pub classics and supplements the daily changing main menu that might include the likes of crispy salt cod and Cornish crab bon bons, marinated courgette and fennel mayonnaise.
Killingworth Castle also has a Restaurant:
Killingworth Castle is part of the following Inspirations:
"Jim and Claire Alexander recently restored Killingworth Castle, a Cotswold stone pub standing in the picturesque village of Wooton. Guests stay in eight cosy suites that have been carved out of four old cottages sharing the inn’s forecourt. Complementary decanters of sherry and homemade biscuits greet guests on arrival, and don’t be surprised to hear barking. This pub is popular with locals and their dogs, and there are dog-friendly bedrooms too.
Inside the bar a log-burning stove is very welcoming. The two public dining rooms lie at the back of the pub, sharing a view of the open kitchen. (Open kitchens do add a welcome touch of theatre to the dining experience.) With a policy of sourcing its ingredients as close to home as possible and/or finding the best organic suppliers, Killingworth Castle has a fine reputation for its food. Pub dining classics include a range of burgers with hand cut chips – including a delicious venison burger when in season. There is also a flat iron steak on the menu, beef bourguignon with greens and mash, and fish and chips, featuring Yubby - the beer that Claire and Jim designed themselves - in the beer-batter.
Main courses include organic venison and beef from Coombe Farm in Somerset, hake or a similar meaty fish for the pescatarians and a few dishes for vegetarians including Jerusalem artichoke with wild mushroom. The desserts are traditional pub fare but include organic ice cream and three organic cheeses, Godminster cheddar from Somerset, Trevarrian brie from Cornwall and Perl Las from West Wales.
Even the coffee is ethically sourced, Killingworth’s own organic espresso blend from local micro roastery in Stow on the Wold. This is all good Foodie Fun – but with a heart.
"There is no castle at Killingworth, which is actually in the village of Wooton. This seventeenth-century public house was built by one Thomas Killingworth and either he gave it such a grand-sounding name or maybe the locals nicknamed it such. In its long history Killingworth Castle was also known as the Red Lion, but the new owners, Jim and Claire Alexander have restored the old name and the old signage.
The pub is popular with locals – and their dogs – with a long low bar and a log-burning stove. It also has a snug for private dining and two public dining rooms at the back, with a view of the open kitchen. Here bearded Will and his sturdy team of chefs turn out a compact but tasty menu that places a lot of emphasis on organic ingredients, including a fine venison burger. The beer is Yubby, a brew made specifically for Claire and Jim to their own recipe, and there are some good organic wines on the menu.
Guests stay in eight cosy suites that have been carved out of four old cottages that share the forecourt with the inn itself. Complementary decanters of sherry and homemade biscuits greet guests on arrival.
Walkers will love the hotel’s website, which has a section devoted to walks and rides, some of which start at the pub or nearby in Woodstock or Wychwood Forest. They range in length from one mile to eight and a half over pretty level terrain. Given the hotel’s obvious friendliness towards dogs (not just in the bar but in two dog-friendly cottages as well) this is a fine place to go dog-walking. Whether or not you have a four-legged friend, however, Killingworth Castle is a lovely friendly base for a weekend in the country with your boots."
Killingworth Castle is part of the following Inspirations based on location:
"Recently, in a rather splendid hotel restaurant in Italy, I asked for the vegetarian option. I am not a vegetarian but I rarely eat meat because my wife is, and she does the cooking at home. I’m happy to eat fish, but at this hotel fish was a €15 surcharge. What came to the table - after what I imagine was inelegant rummage in the kitchen - was a plate of sautéed peppers and mushrooms topped with a fried egg. I was disappointed. I suppose I’m used to more thought being put into vegetarian dishes, certainly in the land that invented pasta and risotto.
It wasn’t always the case in Britain. When I married my first wife (back in the 1980s) she was a vegetarian and was often given a lame salad of lettuce, cucumber and tomato as a main course while the rest of us tucked into roast beef or lamb.
By the time my second wife began eschewing meat (in the early 2000s) British restaurants had become much more veggie-friendly. I showed solidarity as far as I could by giving up meat -anything with eyelashes stays alive in our house- and I’ve come to enjoy being meat-free. But I still consume fish and seafood. These are flavours that I wouldn’t want to lose, so that means that when we go out to eat we need a restaurant that looks after vegetarians and pescatarians equally well.
Neither of us wanted to find ourselves only eating in vegetarian restaurants – there are so few around - so I’ve started drawing up a list of vegetarian-friendly restaurants near us in Oxfordshire where we live. My idea of a veggie-friendly restaurant is one where omnivores, pescatarians, vegetarians and even vegans can all eat together and not be disappointed by the choices. There are enough people in each dining camp that it’s worthwhile for restaurants to appeal to a variety of diets. I have had some great vegan dishes at restaurants that also do a splendid steak tartare. As Mrs Thatcher famously remarked all those years ago, what people want is choice.
So here are my ten top vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire. Wherever you live, I encourage you to find yours."
Information on Killingworth Castle , Glympton Road , Woodstock
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 2 Double Superiors, 2 King Superiors, 3 x Luxury Kings & 1 Deluxe King
Credit Cards Accepted: Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Solo, Visa
Child Friendly: Children over 16 welcome (all welcome to dine with us, however we only accept children 16 years or over in the bedrooms)
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access Details: We always encourage you to call in advance so we can make allowances for disabled access
Plasma/LCD/Flat TV, Wi-Fi
|Local directions:||Please see our webiste for map and directions.|
Nearest major city:
Oxford (20 mins)
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