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“Avoid if you don't eat meat!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Birdcage

The Birdcage
Ranked #9 of 35 Restaurants in Thame
Price range: US$0 - US$8
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Birdcage, serving award winning pies by Pieminister and premium Craft & Speciality beer is located in Thame's town centre. Built around 1300 it has fortunately retained its structural character and many of the elm beams, once covered in ancient plaster, have been exposed creating the historical atmosphere inside and out. During the Napoleonic wars, the Birdcage housed French prisoners who incidentally founded the local Masons. In fact, for many years it was used as a holding house for petty thieves and criminals, even lepers on the upper floors! Of course stories handed down from generation to generation have only enhanced its eerie reputation of being haunted by some of these troubled souls!
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Avoid if you don't eat meat!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

As a non meat eater I ordered a plate of nachos - well, the gaucamole and salsa were both out of a jar and absolutely disgusting! It really isn't difficult to make fresh salsa and guacamole, very disappointing!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Amersham
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Ok - just”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

Went here on a Saturday night with friends and to be honest didn't enjoy it and wouldn't go back - or if we did it would only be on a week night when they offer the special menu for 2. The food just wasn't good value and to have to pay an extra £2.99 a portion for undercooked fries was not ok - also the same price for a small bowl of mixed leaves - just straight out of a bag we suspect. The service wasn't great either - just too intrusive - we had barely sat down when we were being asked for our order and all evening we felt as if they just wanted us to eat and go - maybe they had another table coming in - but the restaurant wasn't that full, but in the end we just got up and left as soon as we could. Expensive for what it was. The wine was nice though.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Avoid if you have children!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

A friend and I arranged to meet for lunch at The Birdcage based on the reviews on Tripadvisor. When we arrived, a large notice outside advised that 'no children' were allowed. We checked inside and confirmed with a waitress that, even though it was a weekday lunchtime, children were not permitted. We somewhat amazed, particularly as the Birdcage's website makes no mention of this. Given we had two small children in tow we went to a pizza restaurant around the corner where we had a nice lunch, with good service in a child-friendly environment.

Visited February 2014
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“DELISH!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2014

You HAVE to have the lunchtime special, the Black Rock steak!!! the steak is served on a volcanic black rock which at 400 degrees c cooks your steak in front of you to how you like it. You get 2 of these and a pint of wine or 2 glasses of wine for the bargain price of £19.95..... my mouth still waters now thinking about it!!!! Yummmmmmyyyyyyy!!!

Visited February 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Friendly & Inviting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

This is a lively pub directly opposite the Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame. We were in a group of friends, some of whom love their rugby, so it was good to find a small, friendly pub showing the Six Nations games. The locals made us feel very welcome and we spent an entertaining couple of hours in the pub.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Lynne W
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