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Falkland Arms
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Chipping Norton
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York, United Kingdom
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“Friday night treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

The Falkland Arms is a beautiful old building in a quiet and attractive village, with many of the cottages currently having their roofs re-thatched. We had an excellent meal. The wine list is small but well chosen - try the delicious and unusual Lebanese Château Musar Jeune, which is bursting with fruit. All the staff were very attentive and the atmosphere buzzes with regular customers. We enjoyed a comfortable night in a characterful room, and will definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

We originally went just for a drink but having seen others eating we decided to stay for lunch as well. The beer was excellent and the pub comes highly recommended for its real ales. The ploughmans was one of the best we've eaten and all the staff were excellent. We shall definitely be going back again.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

I stayed at the Falkland Arms once a week over the space of a couple of months and the rooms, staff and food were all of a very high standard. The building is most historic and has a great vibe. I stayed in 4 different rooms, all different layouts but each with its own charm whilst retaining the overall character.

Definitely treat yourself to the steak and ale pie!

Nothing is too much bother for Jack and his team, and they will go out of their way to make you welcome and want to come back.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

Fifteen years ago the wife and I and another couple travelled up to Newcastle for some revelry with friends up there. After the revelries came to an end, we were faced with a six-hour drive down South as it were. My male colleague, who was doing the driving, spent the whole of the drive fixated with a place called the Falkland Arms, in a place called Great Tew, which served wonderful food, had comfortable rooms and produced an excellent pint of Hook Norton bitter. With these thoughts in mind, we spent an almost interminable time driving down remote and sparsely populated country roads in the pitch dark - Satnav hadn't been invented then - to the increasing irritation and consternation of the ladies in the back. Finally arriving at 9.30 to find firstly that they had just finished serving dinner and secondly that they had no accommodation available, we had time just to sample a (very excellent) pint of Hook Norton before fleeing into Chipping Norton in a desperate search for food and accommodation, in the faint hope of saving my friend's marriage. I vowed at the time that it would be nice to return one day and see it in the daylight and the moment finally arrived this week. I had arranged to meet an old acquaintance a few miles down the road in Kingham and was glad to get the last remaining room available for a three night stay. The experience was superb throughout. The pub is the focal point of the very small village, with just a small school and a very small village shop for company. The staff were without exception friendly and welcoming, and gave the impression that there was nothing they would not do for us. Breakfasts were more than adequate, with a choice of full English, kippers etc. The bar is full of character, serving no fewer than eight real ales and a good variety of wines. It is fascinating to gaze at the innumerable tankards, water jugs and pots hanging from the ceiling, many no doubt with their own tales to tell. For those inclined, there remains a huge selection of snuff behind the bar, another reminder of a bygone age. The evening meal menu was varied with several specials available every night - food was excellent quality and the service efficient if at times slightly slow, easily explained by the fact that the place was fully every night, with both locals and those from farther afield mingling together. The bar furniture is somewhat eccentric, with a variety of tables and chairs all of different heights, which can make eating something of a challenge, especially owing to the proximity of the table adjacent. The bedroom was also, how shall one put it, cosy - I suppose people were a lot smaller five hundred years ago!! Nonetheless, it was more than adequate for our purposes, and sleep quality was good - it is always nicer to be woken up in the morning by the sounds of a horse's hooves, rather than an articulated lorry. The popular towns of Chipping Norton, Bourton-on-the Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh are a short drive away and there are some very entertaining attractions in the area. Very sorry to leave after three days which had gone very quickly, and thanks to Jack, Sarah, Joe et al for your excellent assistance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

Highly recommend this pub for its charm, warmth, ambience, food and style. For such an old pub the rooms are very well presented, clean and comfortable. The manager was very helpful and welcoming. Dinner was delightful and the breakfast was way, way better than most. No negatives here.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wrexham Wales
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

I stayed at the Falkland Arms as I was involved with a Motor Sport event in the area.

It is exactly as one would expect from a pub in the Cotswolds, atmospheric, welcoming and comfortable.

The bedroom was delightful with all modern conveniences without having it's ambiance spoilt.

The bar had an excellent range of beers and the staff were friendly and helpful.

I had dinner in the dining room enjoying the excellent steak and ale pie, chosen from a varied menu. The following morning I enjoyed a very good breakfast.

I would recommend the Falkland Arms to anyone and will be returning.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

The moment you step into the Falkland Arms, with its comforting smoky ambiance on a late winter afternoon, you imbibe the bygone era that precariously survives in pockets of Britain -- and especially hamlets like Great Tew. It was just my kind of place, where I sipped, supped, and slept my way through an overnight visit this month.

The hospitality was a constant, as the people who run the place are exceptionally caring. Overnight guests are reserved tables in the doll-house sized dining spaces automatically, I learned upon asking. The staff graciously offered to carry my rather large suitcase up the spiral staircases (the one to my upper floor room was so skinny I don't know how they do it!)

The food and drink were a joy. It was a sophisticated dinner menu, and it was executed to perfection. Multiple interesting ales on tap. Unfortunately, I was feeling a little ill at breakfast that morning and couldn't enjoy the full English breakfast, but they did whip up a redacted version for me. Could not overstate the considerateness of the management, even to the point of ensuring I got out of town the next morning with the right directions.

I wish the bedroom renovations were a little less "mod." If I had my druthers, the old world ambiance of the pub quarters would be carried out throughout the inn. But contemporary designers seem to be winning all the battles these days in bedrooms, and thus the pleasant illusion of stepping way back in time is somewhat disrupted as you head for your sleeping quarters. All I can do is record my protest, and hope the NEXT trend in "updates" will be more harmonious with the lovingly preserved downstairs quarters of places like this. And I do hope to be back - the sooner the better.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Falkland Arms
Address: Great Tew, Chipping Norton OX7 4DB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Chipping Norton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Chipping Norton
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Hotel Class:4 star — Falkland Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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