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The Clanfield Tavern

) #2 of 3 Restaurants in Clanfield ££ - £££ , British,
Bampton Road, Clanfield OX18 2RG, England
+44 1367 810117
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good26%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“sunday roast” (13 reviews)
“pudding” (12 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Bampton Road, Clanfield OX18 2RG, England
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

We met up with a group of friends on Saturday lunchtime. As it was a large group, we booked a table in advance. Menu was perfect for what we wanted - everything from a delicious spicy pumpkin soup through burgers to some specials; something for...More

1  Thank Wanderdog99
Reviewed 28 November 2016

The above title of this review only relates to the pub itself and the staff who are very helpful and courteous..shame about the food..Went here Saturday night with a party of 5..The menu looks ok and we were advised about the specials board which we...More

Thank noreen7273
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Arrived here on a busy Sunday afternoon. Although we hadn't booked, we were seated at the bar and had drinks whilst looking over the menu. Once our order was taken we stayed at the bar until shown to our table. We both had the Sunday...More

Thank Caroline K
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Went with a group of people so had pre-ordered the food. Delicious fish pie with vegetables followed by a chocolate sponge with custard. All presented well.

Thank hummingpearls
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Our group of eight booked in for Sunday lunch. Here, they only offer a carvery menu on Sunday - but it is as extensive as you could wish for. The food was excellent, starters, mains and dessert. My pork was brilliant. Be warned, the chicken...More

Thank 554TonyCo
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We fancied going out somewhere different for a change and opted for here. Upon arrival friendly bar staff got our drinks sorted then seated us swiftly as 9.00 is shut off time ..bit early to be honest. Ordered our starters and mains and waited as...More

Thank oilslicksun
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

As a regular solo diner who is often let down by the experience, I dipped my toe in the water on the Friday by stopping in for a drink. The place had a lovely atmosphere with lots of locals but a proprietor (Rob) who could...More

Thank deadlydentist
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Fantastic roast beef and roast pork with a stunning Yorkshire pudding. Superb choice of vegetables the cauliflower cheese is my favourite. Great atmosphere, well done to all the staff excellent as normal. Totally enjoyed my visit.

Thank Yvonne C
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Went to the tavern with wife and daughter for Sunday lunch and I must see it was really good food was excellent service too.going back next weekend.

Thank David P
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Enticed by a groupon offer but so pleased we came. Lovely venue with great food served by attentive pleasant staff. Well done. We shall come again!

Thank RoynLynn
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bampton Road, Clanfield OX18 2RG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Clanfield
  • Phone Number: +44 1367 810117
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History of The Clanfield Tavern The village pub we now know as The Clanfield Tavern was built in 1610 and named The Masons Arms, the date being recorded on the original fire-back - a copy of which can be seen in The Tavern over the fireplace. In the early 70's Harry and Jean Norton owned both the Plough and The Masons Arms, and they extended the Mason's Arms to include a derelict cottage which they bought from Ruth Fowler. At that time it was renamed the Plough Tavern, and it became The Clanfield Tavern when it later changed hands. Since 1610. Besides being used as a public house, it has been used as a meeting place for clubs and societies and also for village and parish business. In 1827 the Court Leet was held at the Masons Arms, when all males over the age of 12 years were required to attend for the purpose of electing three jurors. Properties were sold by Auction and Inquests were held there. Parish and Vestry business was conducted there until the Carter Institute was built., But the members still made there way to the Masons Arms for a little light refreshment after the meetings. During the reign of Queen Victoria organised sport began and Clanfield had a cricket team which played in Mr Clinch's field (possibly the feeding ground field behind Chestlion Farm). Afterwards the team would meet in the Masons Arms for a meal. As it was the only pub registered in the village just then it was a focal point for any celebrations that were to be held. The Clanfield Band was formed in 1912 and played for the first time on Boxing Day at 6am - showing great enthusiasm! The Masons Arms was the place they would meet for practice, and to enjoy a drink after all that dry work, keeping the young Harry Clarke awake in his bedroom at the Post Office next door. Drink was said to be a problem in Clanfield, and the cost of being found drunk was high - 1/6d plus 3/6d costs or 7 days in prison. The charge of furiously driving a horse could cost even more. In 1876 Lance Collet was fined 10s plus 1s 6d at Burford after being found guilty of that charge, and Thomas Beckingsale, baker of Clansfield , was found guilty of the same charge and fined 14s with 26s for driving furiously at Brize Norton. In 1958 The Clanfield Friendly Society was formed at the Masons Arms. People felt they needed more security, especially at times of illness. This provided an opportunity for an annual celebration with a church service
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