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Travellers' Choice2023
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British, Pub, Gastropub
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Table Service, Reservations, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 24 August 2023 via mobile

Disappointing visit and disappointing food sad to say. There was a nice vibe from the chatty locals but the pie pastry was hard as hell, when I got through that, I made it to the chewy meat. No gin, other than flavoured gin and to...top it off, no till roll so no itemised bill, strange! Would I return no!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2023

Hi there. Thanks for taking time to write us a review. As a small business these are very important to us, and we take time to investigate when something goes wrong. My team let me know that you were informed of our permanent closure on...More

Reviewed 13 August 2023

Just had a phenomenal Sunday roast. This has to the the best in Oxfordshire! Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and welcoming staff. We will be back!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2023

Oh hi! Thank you so much

Reviewed 30 July 2023

Excellent pub with cosy welcoming atmosphere and lovely bar staff. We were in a big group of 25, all ordering roasts, and it all came out in great time and was especially delicious. The staff went out of their way to welcome us and make...us feel comfortable. Special shout out to Amy who kept the drinks coming with a packed out bar! All done with a smile across the face at all times. Would definitely come backMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2023

Hi Freddie, thank you so much

Reviewed 30 July 2023

Excellent, friendly service from Rachel, and an even better chicken, ham & leek pie. Would recommend this pub most warmly

Date of visit: July 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2023

Hi Richard, thank you so much. We love our pies too and are very glad that you do :) Thanks for taking time to write a review.

Reviewed 22 July 2023 via mobile

Fabulous food, friendly staff. My daughter and I visited this pub while we were staying nearby, and went back again the following evening. We ate on each occasion, and the food was delicious. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the service was excellent....I thoroughly recommend it for a lovely evening out.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2023

Hello Val, it was lovely to look after you. Thank you for writing us a review :)

Reviewed 9 July 2023

Our second visit for Sunday lunch, and the main course was just as good as the first time. Great range of vegetables, excellent roasties and Yorkshire pudding. Service was good, staff all friendly and pleasant. Only disappointment was the desserts: no berries (as on the...menu) with the otherwise tasty cheesecake, and no strawberries (as on the menu) with the Eton mess - in fact barely any meringue either, so the Eton mess was mostly a smallish pile of whipped cream with some strawberry sauce, felt rather inadequate for £9 a pop.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2023

Hi there. Apologies for your desserts not being of the best standard. We have fed this back to the team and made adaptations. Thank you for taking time to write a review- Sally

Reviewed 21 June 2023

Had the pie and a pint on a Wednesday for a very good price and the quality was unmatched very fresh very good quality meat with a great pint to go with it , my friend had the meatball linguine and it was also top...notch for flavour and portion size couldn’t recommend more for price , quality of food and service !More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2023

Hello!! Thank you so much for reviewing us 💖 The meatballs is my favourite too, we look forward to seeing you guys again soon!!

Reviewed 19 June 2023

sticky toffee pudding was outstanding best i’ve ever had, really did enjoy it and sunday lunches are brilliant size

Date of visit: June 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2023

We can't stress how important it is to us that our guests love our food, and it sounds like we hit the mark here. Thank you for taking time to write us some lovely words and we look forward to seeing you again soon 😀

Reviewed 6 May 2023

Had an amazing Sunday Roast here for my birthday with friends. Service from Lydi and Sally was top notch and would recommend this to anyone.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2023

🥰🥰🥰 Thank you!

Reviewed 30 April 2023

Came for a Sunday roast for a friends birthday and we were blown away. Lovely food and great service by Lydi, thank you.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2023

Hi Keiran we will feed back your review to Lydi- thanks so much for taking time to write a review!

Reviewed 30 April 2023

Amazing Sunday roast for a friends birthday and amazing service from Lydi and sally , food and service top quality

Date of visit: April 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2023

Hello!! Thank you so much. We're really glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you again very soon 😀

Reviewed 26 April 2023

Lovely friendly welcome , nothing too much trouble for Lydi although she was busy, Food menu great for lunch( we had the soup and sandwiches) and very dog friendly too, we will come again and recommend

Date of visit: April 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2023

Hi Sian, thanks so much. You're absolutely right, Lydi is a legend and we're very proud to have her on our team!! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 23 April 2023 via mobile

This village pub just gets better and better! Great food, great ale, pie and a pint on Fridays, quiz nights and folk nights mostly Sundays, all very friendly!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Patrick Moore, Owner at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2023

Thank you very much, what a great night of song and story's passed down. Thank you for your amazing support. See you soon

Reviewed 23 April 2023 via mobile

If I could of given this a 0/5 I would have! When booked we questioned if we’d be ok booking at 2:30pm for a roast for 7 people to which we were assured we would be along with confirming the price would be between £14-£18....We turned up at 2:22pm and the table was only just being put together for us, it then took a further 15 mins to order any drinks, the waitress wasn’t sure on what was available on fraught when we asked, these came missing 2 of them that were ordered. We placed our food order to then be told 10 minutes later that there was no chicken which 2 of our party had ordered so they changed followed by a further 5 minutes to be told there was no beef. At this point we decided to leave. Why accept a booking for 2:30pm for Sunday lunch offering multiple meat options to only have 1 meat left when people order. There was no warning that this might be the case when we booked? The waitress was rolling her eyes to the bar when we were deciding after being told some meats weren’t available. We felt very unwanted and the staff didn’t make any of us feel welcome and clearly unknowledgeable from the phone all booking when we were told inaccurate information to ordering drinks they didn’t know what was available and then taking orders with no knowledge of what was available twice! Having worked in hospitality for 10 years and over 15 years in customer service this has to be up there with the worst I’ve ever had from start to finish. They then felt after this they needed to charge us for our drinks after the issues which was insulting when we ordered them in the anticipation of our food which they couldn’t provide with no warning at point of ordering! The manager explained they had pork still to which no everyone likes… why offer roasts when you only sell Pork? Or take bookings for 2:30pm if you won’t have it all available?? The food looked good but I can’t comment on how it tasted only the poor service given!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Patrick Moore, Owner at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2023

Thank you for taking the time to pass on your comments. We always do everything in our power to accommodate all our guests. We are very busy on Sunday lunches, and we prepare and cook all our food fresh on the day. We do our...More

Reviewed 23 April 2023

Great value for money Very friendly Lovely location Your not rushed little chaotic waitresses running all over the place Still a great meal

Date of visit: April 2023
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Sally Simmonds, General Manager at Hand and Shears, Witney, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2023

Hi, thanks for your ratings and review. We look forward to seeing you again soon 😀

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