The Duke at Clifton
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The Duke at Clifton

The Duke at Clifton
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4.0
#3 of 7 inns in Banbury
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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3.9 of 5 bubbles
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See why so many travellers make The Duke at Clifton their inn of choice when visiting Banbury. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a charming setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at The Duke at Clifton offer a flat screen TV.

During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including baggage storage. Guests of The Duke at Clifton are also welcome to enjoy a lounge, located on site. For travellers arriving by car, free parking is available.

Best of all, The Duke at Clifton makes it easy to experience some great Banbury attractions like Banbury Town Hall, which is a popular government building.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at The Duke at Clifton as you experience all of the things Banbury has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Horseback riding
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Meeting rooms
Internet
Restaurant
Fishing
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Room features
Safe
Iron
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, French
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Julie P wrote a review Sept 2021
Exeter, United Kingdom38 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff were very helpful and willing to be flexible with the menu and cater for different dietary needs. Food was served within a suitable time and was well prepared. Easy to park and access the building. Dog friendly pub.
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Date of stay: August 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: we did not stay, meal only
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Janboy21 wrote a review Nov 2023
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom85 contributions103 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This review reflects our visit which may not be the same as others.
We chose this two night, off season getaway to avoid the crowds and traffic and explore Oxfordshire.
We stayed in the Shepherds Retreat, a fully equipped self-catering shepherds hut located at the back of the pub in their small campsite.
Parking is plentiful and free and we'd received instructions on how to get into the hut prior to arrival.
The hut was equipped with double bed, bedding and towels, microwave, fridge and kitchen accessories. There's a cassette toilet. Theres a solid fuel burner to provide heat which, once going, is very effective. The hut was clean and comfortable.
The short walk to the pub and shower area is a little muddy in places (Storm Ciaron didnt help!) so bring flipflops! Showers were clean, hot and modern.
The view from the hut overlooked some fields and was very peaceful.
The pub itself is a thatched, honey-stoned building with a great history.
It has a wide menu and choice of drinks. All the staff were attentive and welcoming. The food was excellent. The traditional pub menu is enhanced by skilled cooking and presentation.
The grounds of the campsite have some unusual features including a Second World War era spotter plane and various US style camper vans (Im sure these can be rented for stays).
The location is great for exploring the local area including Blenheim Palace, Oxford and the local villages.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in quirky, cosy accommodation in the grounds of this great pub.
Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Dont forget your dressing gown and flip flops!
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Robert C wrote a review Jan 2023
Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom139 contributions126 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here last night in the 1962 Vintage Airstream and can’t sing praise loud enough for the whole experience! Great pub, super food, friendliest staff (Lauryn, James, Tim) who all go the extra mile to make you feel like one of the regulars!
I had worries about staying in an aluminum 1962 trailer in January with a weather prediction of -8 degrees but the accommodation is fully restored to an exceptional level with every creature comfort including a brilliant heating system. Clean, well equipped and worthy of a second visit!
We had dinner in the bar which was a super value for money experience with a good, varied menu! Russ knows his stuff and the Chinese pork with Udon noodles was amazing as was the roast ham with parsley sauce and mustard grain mash!
Great selection of local real ales, gins and super value wines by the glass.
You really need to check this place out for a great stay in the heart of England!
Thanks to all who made our stay a memorable one!!
Would recommend without exception!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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labrat64 wrote a review Jun 2021
paris14 contributions18 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Only went for a meal. Arrived at 6.30 with a booking, was shown to a table. Drinks order was taken.... 15 mins later, drinks and menu arrive. (After second staff member had been to see us, and reminded first one of our order). 25 mins later, drinks drunk, still no sign of staff to take order for meal. Paid for drinks and left. Restaurant not busy at all, seems we had been forgotten about. Really bad service, shall give it a miss in future.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Tim Catling, Owner at The Duke at Clifton
Responded 8 Jun 2021
New staff were probably confused as the pub doesn't serve food on a Monday! Bookings were still required for drinks inside. Sorry about that! TC
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Hannah M wrote a review Nov 2023
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in one of the shepherds huts via Buyagift, it exceeded expectations. Lovely and warm with the log burner, comfy double bed, toilet inside, towels + blanket + shower gel etc provided, use of the shower facilities 24/7 in the pub on the campsite. We ate at the Duke at Clifton in the evening, very friendly staff and nice food. We visited Bicester village the next day which is 20 mins away. Really recommend for a romantic getaway, thank you!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paul wrote a review Aug 2023
Warwick, United Kingdom14 contributions
+1
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here for one night on the 23rd August.
On arrival the staff were very pleasant, got me checked in, and ensured I had the door code and lock box code for the room.
I then had dinner in the pub.
The pub is really pleasant, wooden beams and flagstones give it a lovely country pub feeling.
The food was simple but tasty, and the service was good.
I then retired to the room about 8.30pm.
Now the room was very hot, but it was a hot day so this was sort of expected.
I watched a little tv, and the tried to sleep.
This is where the issue I had with this stay began.

The room is small but entirely adequate.
With the en-suite too it should be perfect for a short stay.
Firstly, while the room and bathroom looked clean, there were two long dark hairs in the bath (see pics)
On a white bath they’re very visible and not hard to remove.
The blind on the window was also not very fit for purpose.

The main issue:
Outside the room they’ve installed what I think is a walk in fridge, and they have placed the heat pump for this on top, so it’s around window level with Room 6 where I was staying. This unit is noisy.
Due to this I shut the window and tried to sleep.
I possibly managed a few hours at most but it was just too hot and I had to open the window.
Doing so meant the noise was now the main issue.
And my night was spent just resting rather than sleeping as the heat pump kicked in noisily for about 30s, EVERY FEW MINUTES.

In the end I got up early and left feeling like a zombie.
Surely someone must know about this?
It was like torture.

If I was staying for 2 nights, I would have asked to move or leave, if I’d realised earlier how bad it was going to be I’d have asked if they had another room.
It’s a shame I wasn’t able to feedback in person.

My advice is to avoid room 6 if you do stay here.

Anyway, safe to say I won’t ever stay here again.
I would however stop for food or drink as stated earlier, the actual pub was quite nice.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Avoid room 6
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Angelcat18 wrote a review Oct 2020
Smethwick, United Kingdom112 contributions72 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed one night here on the campsite in our campervan. The site is pleasant and very picturesque. Only thing I would say is that it’s all grass - it rained overnight and we had to be very careful not to get stuck on the field on the way out. But as long as you’re careful, there won’t be a problem. The facilities are very warm and clean and open all night - toilets and showers.
We had a meal in the pub and the food was lovely. Would happily eat there again.
The staff were super friendly and helpful plus they have two of the friendliest dogs ever. They wander around the site and are so cute. The village is so pretty and we took our dog for a lovely walk.
All in all, we’d definitely recommend this place. And I’m sure we’ll be back.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JemmaVic wrote a review Aug 2023
Oxford, United Kingdom130 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went here for dinner on a Saturday evening and we were really impressed. We all chose from the specials board and between us there was all 3 courses. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The pub itself is really nice and the tables are all spaced apart nicely so you're not all crammed in. Will definitely return.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Icklangel wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom22 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just had a lovely couple of nights at this campsite. There was a slight mishap at the start where we had booked electricity and our cord wasn’t long enough to reach the point however we were given an extension lead eventually and all was sorted. The facilities are lovely - a real treat after other campsites. There is a beautiful circular walk through fields at the back that then takes you past a little playground but there is also a small play area by the pub that the children loved. The pub is friendly and very good with children. And the area is beautiful. All in all we were very happy.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Darbydale wrote a review May 2024
11 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
No clear instruction of how to check in. No water in the water bottle to wash your hands in the toilet room. No water in the Thetford toilet either. Fridge leaked all over the floor so rug was wet through. Garden area was over grown with nettles!
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Date of stay: May 2024
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Check the toilet has water in it. No wake in the book does it tell you where to put it in if you...
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£63 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandOxfordshireBanbury
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Duke at Clifton
Which popular attractions are close to The Duke at Clifton?
Nearby attractions include Delta Force Paintball (4.4 miles), Deddington Farmers' Market (1.5 miles), and Wykham Park Farm Shop (4.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Duke at Clifton?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Duke at Clifton?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Duke at Clifton?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Duke at Clifton?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Cinnamon Stick, The Crown & Tuns, and The Red Lion.
Are pets allowed at The Duke at Clifton?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Duke at Clifton?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to The Duke at Clifton?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Sulgrave Manor & Garden (9.6 miles) and Bicester Heritage (7.7 miles).
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