Work takes me to this part of the world two or three times a year, and I have now stayed with Alix and Stuart and their team on five occasions for two or three nights each time.
The food is excellent (some of the best bacon at breakfast, and best steak for dinner, that I have ever eaten anywhere), good beer, and a welcoming clientele (some bars can 'go silent' when you walk in as a stranger, I have found, but it didn't happen at the Bull since there is a good mix of locals and passing trade).
The rooms are clean and comfortable, although I have to agree with some other reviewers that there can be disturbing noises (room 2 - though it has a wonderful view down the High Street – is subject to noise from staff accommodation above (or at least has been on occasions in the past); room 4, though admirable in most ways, has some noise from the always-on cellar air conditioning). But in every respect other than noise, the Bull is hard to beat, and very good value, particularly for pre-arranged bookings of more than one night. When I first needed to stay in the area I checked out several possibilities (there is, after all, a lot near Woodstock), but the fact that I have never bothered to do so after my first stay at the Bull is the best recommendation I can give.
By the way, I don't understand the comments that the proprietors or staff are off-hand - OK, I now know them by name, but even on first contact they were courteous and efficient. Four stars overall only because of the air-con noise.
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- The Bull Inn Charlbury, Oxfordshire