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The Clanfield Tavern

££ - £££, British,
Bampton Road, Clanfield OX18 2RG, England
+44 1367 810117
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good25%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“sunday roast” (14 reviews)
“pudding” (11 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Grill, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Bampton Road, Clanfield OX18 2RG, England
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

So, we came to the clanfield tavern out of curiosity, as our usual Sunday spot had become a waste of time and money WOW!!!! We were not disappointed a very warm welcome awaited us, from the bar staff, the separate restaurant staff were friendly, well...More

Thank normajean1
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Bar staff excellent as always. Waiting staff very pleasant. But Steak meal ordered not value for money on quality Made it known. Having said that always a good meal on a Sunday lunch time.

Thank Local Eater M
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Just had Sunday Roast, wonderful food, Excellent service. Nothing was too much trouble. People in the area, This is how a Pub Should be run. Thank you All.

Thank Jacqueline H
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Just had a fantastic Sunday lunch at the clanfield tavern. Roast beef to die for, best Yorkshire pudding I've ever tasted. Excellent value for money more than you can eat. Three different vegetables. Roast and boiled potatoes plus roast parsnips. The staff are so friendly...More

Thank Yvonne C
Reviewed 5 June 2016

All home cooked and mostly locally supplied foods. "New Restuarant" clean and light with plentiful space between the tables but lacks the atmosphere of the older part. Absolutely no criticism regarding the food or service on a Sarurday evening but did not appreciate the not...More

Thank Bryan L
Reviewed 30 May 2016

6 of us booked giving only an hours notice, staff were polite and friendly food was good, steaks cooked particularly well (all as ordered). Will be visiting again.

Thank cjsd2016
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Visited the pub and witnessed the most offensive language towards a customer by the licensees. Most distressing and totally unnecessary. I am not a local resident but if this is how they behave towards their customers I will not be visiting again. Shame as the...More

Thank Ann J
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

On arrival were met by guy behind the bar, asked for a table for 3 and he informed us it was Sunday Roast only, then after we confirmed he sent a young girl to get one. Ordered drinks and about 2 minutes later led to...More

Thank Lee B
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Really nice greeting from the guy from behind the bar on arrival. Its much bigger in side than you imagine. Got to choose a table in the conservatory which was light and airy. I had a voucher for two courses for two people for £18...More

Thank Dione B
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Pleadant oldie-worldie pub and dining room. Varied. Typical pub menu but something there for everyone. Well presented food and good helpings. Good value for money and no complaints. Enjoyed our meal and would revisit.

Thank johnsollis
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$33
Bar, British, Pub, Grill, Gluten Free Options
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
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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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