Had booked a three day stay for myself and my wife at The Coach House in Souldern, just down the road. My father had a narrow boat on the Oxford canal before selling it over 13 years ago, and we had often moored up for the night at Aynho either just for a meal or to meet other members of my family for change overs etc. The pub in those days was quite different and had a bar billiards table and did a superb fish and chips as far as I could remember.
The interior is now all layed out for eating, whith a superb menu an a lovely enclosed courtyard out the back. No sign of the bar billiards table !
Our first visit of this trip was when we first arrived and needed feeding after the three hour drive up from Kent. We had a very pleasant meal in the courtyard under clear sunny skies, followed by a leisurely stroll back along the tow path to where we'd left the car, just south of Souldern.
The second visit was on Sunday, realising that most of the pubs that did food in the locale unfortunatly weren't open on a Sunday or if they were, didn't serve food, I phoned the GWA and when asked if they were open to serve food tonight, a cheerful voice replied, "We're open all the time to serve food, sir". I booked a table.
It looks as though they are very popular for their sunday roasts as the pub was very busy, everyone it seems to have turned up for sunday dinner. The meal was superb and good value for money. Service was excellent considering that the pub was packed.
Would definietly recommend this pub to anyone looking for good value and service, I'd suggest booking if you want a meal on a Sunday evening, possibly Sunday lunch time as well. Would also recommend sitting in the secluded courtyard out the back on a sunny day.
Nicely located for a walk along the tow path before dinner to build up an appetite or after to help with digestion. Loved the place.
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