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Paul young
 Old dirty pub
Unwelcoming could not get served as locals blocked the bar! Scruffy rude barmaid in a dusty tired run down pub! No food no atmosphere clearly other things are on offer!!!!
Sunday, July 19, 2015Rating: No rosettes

Mrs G
 Wonderful Local Pub with great food
This is a really cracking pub that is loved by it's fantastic locals &.those that have the fortune to come across it.

It is everything a great country should be and the food is excellent! Well worth a visit and it,s open every day plus all day Friday and Saturday.
Saturday, April 13, 2013Rating: No rosettes

 Mad Cow
My speckled hen tasted acidy so asked for another landlady called me all the names under the sun including a womens pee thing with a Capital C
And did not replace my pint.
so i threw it over the old hag and then she has the nerve to call the Police.
lucky i did a runner wont ever go in that shit hole again.
Friday, July 13, 2012Rating: No rosettes

New to the area thought i would give the C & H a try
wish i had not the steak pudding was cold and my daughter had a Cornish Pasty which had about 2 pieces of meat in it.
still hungary after we left and i when we got home i had to make her a sandwich.
Friday, July 13, 2012Rating: No rosettes

 Stuck up cow
Poppedin for a quick beer
when lady behind the bar realied we did not want anything to eat she went cold and looked down through her nose like something she trod in.
wont be going back.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Deb Bruton
incorrect telephone no.
Should be 01367 241480
Wednesday, May 2, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Howard Warriner
This pub changed hands in May 2011.
Check out the website on www.plowdenarmsshiplake.co.uk
Tuesday, December 13, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 Changed hands in 2011
This site is completely out of date.
Monday, October 10, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Dave Routes
 Cosy Real Ale pub
Superb Traditional pub with a microbrewery attached.Run by the people who own the Radnor Arms Coleshill & the Crown inn Lechlade
Saturday, September 10, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 Sunday Roast best ive ever had
I counted at least nine fresh veg on my plate...... and the choice of meat for a small pub....im coming back !
Sunday, July 4, 2010Rating: rosettes

Judith Rose
34 people went for lunch, great food, easy to order in advance and smashing staff. Will certainly go again
Monday, June 21, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Outrageous cost for Blackcurrent Soda
Popped in for a drink while walking. Loddon Brewery pint was well kept but a bit expensive at 3.30 a pint. Main gripe was I also paid 3, yes 3 for a pint of Blackcurrent Soda! Total rip off.
Sunday, April 18, 2010Rating: rosettes

Andy T
 Under new management
I can confirm that the place has been taken over and is in good hands. The name has also changed to the Highwayman. Friendly welcome, good food and beer and thoroughly recommended.
Monday, August 10, 2009Rating: rosettes

 ruby wedding party lunch
A lovely day and lovely meal here.
Staff friendley , will be coming here again.
Saturday, July 25, 2009Rating: rosettes

found yhe place by accident on a sunday afternoon. they were just switching from the lunch (sunday roast) menu to the a la carte menu at 4pm. menu is good choice of traditional homecooked british food, and was very good - steak pie was very tasty. fresh cooked with quality ingrediants. sticky toffee pudding was excellent too. very friendly and welcoming staff and good value for money. will go back for more!
Sunday, July 19, 2009Rating: rosettes

This public house has recently been taken over in the past six weeks, i have been there now on 3 occasions to find the place full of people of all ages including many families, the new landlady is extremley comforting and nothing was to much to ask for, they have renovated the inside of the pub offering a new seating and eating area of which has all been decorated and very clean standard. The park has also been replaced, with a childs safety fence all round which is great for children. And for the food, well it was superb!! All home cooked on the premises, so not microwave rubbish, big portions and very reasonable prices, i will continue to use this pub as it has alot to offer and a beautiful place to eat, compliments all round.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009Rating: No rosettes

N. Gosnell
 Worst run pub I have been in
Could not rate this public house for anything. Rudest Landlady around, no atmosphere, plenty of Alsations running around the bar, Only serves food when she feels like it. Shuts through the afternoons at weekends, even in summer, used to be very popular for familys during that time of year, the garden would be heaving with customers but all there is now is mole hills.

When will the brewery realise that it is nothing to do with the credit crunch, that the place is always empty, there are plenty of people that would use the pub but they must get someone to run it that actually likes people. In a nutshell it is the best known pub in Kidlington for being the worst.

Sad as there is so much potential for it with the right ownership
Saturday, February 14, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 Christmas cheer
why not join us for your Christmas celebrations,
Thursday, November 20, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Great Pies
Wow it does what it says on the tin.
how refreshing, what a great reception
Thursday, November 20, 2008Rating: rosettes

Went to eat early evening on a Sunday and had great food and great service, reasonably priced. The locals were really friendly too so will be going back.
Thursday, September 18, 2008Rating: rosettes

Carol Humphreys
My husband and I were visiting friends & decided to try the Plowden Arms this year for lunch. We had not been together for six years and found the service and food excelllant for a Sunday lunch. Would recommend to anyone with a desire for great food with lots of variety.
Friday, September 12, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Very, very disappoining
Having been advised this was a AWT pub, I was expecting good food and a friendly atmosphere. Not a bit of it. The ham was thin, dull and lacking flavour; the chips frozen and the eggs overdone. Could have got better at a roadside cafe. Visited on a Friday lunchtime when most pubs in the area are buzzing with customers but not here. Obviously, the word is getting around that this pub is certainly not up to standard - but still pricey.
Monday, August 18, 2008Rating: No rosettes

 AWT? - a worse time!
Sadly cannot recommend this AWT pub - poor menu, frozen chips, overcooked food and cringingly awful atmosphere as chef seems to have some problems with management. Curiously popular with retired golfing types and Hoorays.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Average Food. Great Real Ale
Could Do Better - Bland, Tinned, Frozen Food was our collective view on this AWT pub.

Real ale- Well kept.
Monday, July 14, 2008Rating: rosettes

nicky fall
i stayed at the wise alderman and found it to be a very nice place and as for the landlady well what a great lady she is more than welcoming she made me very welcome nothing was to much trouble ..i would recomend it to any one i am due back there again next week 28.5.08 for my yearly visit keep up the good work
Thursday, May 22, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Refurb going well
At long last some funds have been provided for some much needed work to be done on this 17th century wonderful pub the food is as near as possible locally sourced and home cooked, the freezers are gradually being emptied and switched off. just heard the pub has been nominated for the local CAMRA branch pub of the year competition for the second year in a row. great news for real ale drinkers
Thursday, February 1, 2007Rating: rosettes

Lucy Hillier
Perecf location, friendly staff, throughly enjoyed our stay. Love you guys!
Wednesday, January 31, 2007Rating: rosettes

Paul Rower
 Great pub
This pub is fantastic. I have had many a great night here and hope to do so for some time to come! I always recommend this place to my mates. Hi to Emma and James!
Sunday, January 21, 2007Rating: rosettes

I'm a Lady
 Fantastic Food pub next to the river
This is the best pub in Henley. Large, spacious, beautifully desinged and the best food anywhere around. We love it. Dog friendly too, says a lot. Landlord a bit like Basil Fawlty but once you get to know him, he's charming!
Friday, January 5, 2007Rating: rosettes

K Fowles
This is a very nice local pub in the heart of its very own little community. The locals and staff made my stay very comfortable with their friendly mannor. I didnt even notice that a dog lived within the premises as i didnt hear it bark once.
Saturday, December 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

B Ford
Having recentley visited this pub, I was horrified to read the earlier comments on your site. I had a most enjoyable stay in very comfortable accommmodation. The rooms were cleaned daily at kept to a high standard. The food was good quality home cooked food. as for the comments about the dog, our children had the most wonderful time playing with her. I would highly reccomend this pub to anyone. It made a pleasent change to go to a pub that welcomed guests of all ages!! Well done to the landlady and her staff and lets hope that the comments of certain individuals don't put you of visiting.
Thursday, December 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Good food, good service
Just discovered The Lamb, a very warm welcome and decently priced good food - worth a visit - although timing is important as it gets busy.
Sunday, November 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Bad attitude landlord
The landlord was extremely rude and we will not be going there again. He really needs to upgrade his people skills A LOT
Wednesday, November 22, 2006Rating: No rosettes

John Robertson
 Total rubbish
This has possibly got to be the worst pub i've ever had the misfortune of setting foot in. When you walk in there is a foul smell hanging in the air not sure of what but it made me feel sick, when mentioned to the landlord he was quite rude about it basically saying tough. The beer was the worst tasting beer in my many years of experience it's possible that the lines haven't been cleaned in months!!! My wife and I visited the pub on a wednesday evening and all I can say is that if you're not in the pool team then don't bother being there on that evening as you will be ignored. when I expressed my concerns to Craig the Landlord/Manager he just dismissed me and said if you don't like it then F**k Off somewhere else. Will never visit this awfull pub again thats for sure....
Wednesday, November 22, 2006Rating: No rosettes

A Pub Fan
 Unfortunatley a management change
Visited the Pub back in January and was delighted the food was brill, the service perfect and the ale fantastically well kept.

I visited again last Friday (13/10) and the pub was dusty, the service slow and almost rude and dont even get me started on the ales. Apparantly the managers had changed. Why? A great pub on the way to being spoilt.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Its shut!
Pub shut in 2000.
Saturday, October 14, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Tony Weatherall
The Plowden Arms now has a web site at
Friday, September 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

R Leigh
 New ownership is disgraceful
A beautiful location on the canal with a beer garden. However the landlady was extremely unplesant, rude and inhospitable. Not to mention the attacking dog who does not like visitors! Coming from a hospitality background I was disgusted in every way. I do not reccommend it to anyone.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006Rating: No rosettes

J Scotland
 Under new ownership - dreadful.
On arrival this pub looks lovely, unfortunately once inside the feeling changes. Thoroughly unpleasant staff (especially the manageress) followed by very cold basic accommodation makes this stay a total waste of money. I have stayed in pretty grotty youth hostels with a nicer feel. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006Rating: No rosettes

A Jones
 Don't stay here
This fairly decent pub has recently changed hands. I visited for one night a few weeks ago and was greeted by a thoroughly unpleasant landlady who told us her dog would rip our face off if we came any closer. Her manner for the rest of our stay was just as vile. I would never stay here again and felt sick to my stomach that I had to pay for the experience.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Sue Bell
 brill food
The Midget does the best Hickory Chicken in the world and Bev pulls the best pint anywhere
Saturday, September 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Not to mention a great pint!
of adnams broadside.
Tuesday, September 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

Jane Cameron
 The best food in Bicester
The best meal out we have had for a long time. Excellent food, value and service. Thank you to all the staff at The Trigger Pond for a lovely evening.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

 No Longer a pub
The Jubilee has, sadly, been converted into a house
Sunday, July 2, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Jill Cooke
What a hole, i can't belive this is the same place we use to enjoy as a family.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Sarah Miles
 Not Good
What a change in this place and not for the better. My partner and i popped in for a quick drink whilst on our way to The Chequers, it is the first time we have been in since the new people have been in. The barman was dressed like he was going to a rave, the locals around the bar looked like extras from One flew over the Cuckoos nest. What has happened to this once warm and friendly place?
Thursday, June 1, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Sarah Miles
 Fish Night
We dined at this Pub/Restaurant for the first time last night, and i have to say the food was excellent. We were recommended by friends and we were not dissapointed. I had Salmon and my partner had the Beer batterd Cod. 5.95 per head including a glass of Cava. Now thats what i call value, unlike some of the local so called gastro pubs>
Thursday, June 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Just has to be tried!
Under new management for a while now, it continues with lovely atmosphere, warm fires and candels, great menu and wines, and the beer ain't half good as well......
new BT no. 01865 400577
Wednesday, May 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

connor sir
 well worth a pop in!!
this pub i was told has recently got its cask marque awarded and rightly so, the food (of hearty proportions) is exquisite and very reasonably priced, well worth a visit.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

Nicola Palin
 THE BEST!!!!!
Thursday, March 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

Dan Grafton
 Haven't Visited in a long time
I was station at RAF Upper Heyford in 86-87 When Dave and Marion owned the Pub. They adopted Myself Dan Grafton and Gary Altman. We played Darts and Aunt Sally. It was an awesome place. IS Eric, Brocke, Paul, Desi, or Mivy around, or Rebecca still tending bar?
Friday, February 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

robert keane
just great
Tuesday, January 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

matt howard
 it is great
i think it is a great pub i think that the food is great and the setting is perfect and he people are lovely there
Tuesday, January 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

Jason Evanson
 Activity Pub
Great for spectator sports, playing pool, Tuesday night quiz, decent food and good ales!
Monday, November 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

This is a lovely 17th Century inn, which is situated in the small hamlet of Berrick Salome. Ideal for superb food, candle light and open fires.
Wednesday, November 2, 2005Rating: rosettes

Peter Hope
 O.h No
Popped in for a drink on Sunday, could not believe my eyes, Amanda is back working for new landlady. God help her.
Wednesday, November 2, 2005Rating: rosettes

Julie Woodard
 Amazing Pub - LOVE IT
The pub was taken over in Oct 2004 by Daniel Woodard, his wife Julie and his fried Andrew Theobald who is an excellent chef. They have refurbished inside and out. Joined the community and offer great food and friendly atmosphere. Correct postcode is OX27 7PX. Phone 01869 345221
Friday, October 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

martin short
 sould have a look
Monday, October 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

Amelia Tess
 love the hanging baskets, big restaurant.
Quaint English pup on the corner of an intersection, I like the outdoor seating and the colourful baskets and attention to detail impressed me, there is a large family resturaunt, and nice toilets, I enjoyed only one night at the Wise Alderman, it as memorable for the company I kept, and th light airy atmosphere
Friday, September 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

Ameila Tess
 friendly mnager, fun kareoke, nice beer garden
I liked the Red Lion, it is more commercial than some of the smaller local pubs, it has a cool juke box, pool tables, and the staff are super cool and friendly, especially the manager, I am Australian, and went there often for a quite beer or coffe, and one day I must of looked a little lonely, he comes over with a big grin and gives me an Ausie two dollar coin!
I like the after shots we had there one night, and the cosy seating is ideal for some intamacy!
Friday, September 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

Amelia Tess
 Cute locals, lots of laughs
The Six Bells is run by Keith and Tanya, andusually a few Aussies operate the bar and kitchen, when I was there I was overwhelmed by the friendliness of the locals, always ready for a hearty chat, a bit cheeky, but so much fun! Wish I could been a local myself to absorb the atmosphere and second home feel even longer!
Friday, September 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

John Stokes
 Not the same
Went here for the first time since the terrible Amanda's left, new landlady trying hard, but not the same place since Debbie and team left.
Tuesday, September 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great Pub for the whole family.
Great Food, Friendly Atmosphere excellent staff and service. Plenty of parking and a good garden for the summer. Bouncy castle every Sunday (weather permitting) for the children. The only bad thing is the height of the ceiling in places which is quite low for someone of 6ft 4.
Friday, September 2, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great find. Great Food. Great Beer. GREAT!
What a find. Been looking for somewhere local to eat since moving to Abingdon a couple of months ago. We turned up and was seated straight away (note: We took the last table, so be advised booking for a Saturday night.)
Good service, Superb menu, (maybe a little TOO much choice!) Lamb Shoulder to die for and my wife can recommend the Homemade Smoked Haddock & Crayfish fishcakes. Desserts and Coffee's finished us off! We were served courtiously and efficiently even though the staff were obviously busy. Good range of beers and cask ales on offer (Greene King IPA, St Austell Tribute and Tom Wells Bomber County.) Will definately be returning now we're found it.
James King 20.08.2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

Dusty Adkins
 Was there years ago.
Does Andy Little still run the pub?? This is Dusty from 1986 and back then, the food was excellent and the overall atmosphere was very warming and reciptive. Many good tidings to all who remember me and wish all well.
Wednesday, August 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

Malcolm Kew
 Very good pub
This is a great pub for lounging around having lunch and reading the paper. The food is very good and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

 cold,dirty,horrible regulars
landlord,landlady lovely couple
Wednesday, July 6, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Lovely Old Fashioned Pub
It's such a find when you come across a pub that serves beer and cider straight from the barrell! A small intmate place that serves good, if somewhat pricey, food. Great views over the Chilterns and the Ridgeway. mind you, if you don't know where to look, it may take some finding.
Friday, June 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Nice food and beer
Good beer, good food, good service. It's a shame that the bar is impregnable by incosiderate locals who think they have parking permits for the area and won't move out of your way
Wednesday, April 27, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great pub
These other two idiots don't know what they are talking about. I was there when the dorky band quit early. Good job they didn't get paid.
Monday, April 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

 best real ale
My wife and i went to this pub and the real ale was perfect. The bar had a wonderful atmosphere. I would 100% be going back.
Friday, April 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

larry smith
 well worth a visit
the pub has just got a new land lady and chef both of which are just fantastic well worth a visit or two
Monday, April 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

Harry Redfern
 great food, real ales - great value
Things have certainly changed in the last year or so. New owners, new chef and a fantastic new menu with plenty to choose from - almost too much!!
Not too expensive and you do not go home hungry! Real ales well looked after.
Saturday, March 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Very Fun Place to be!
Of all the pubs in Witney I found myself spending most of my time in the Chequers. You can enjoy yourself whatever mood you are in whether its being by yourself or being with loads of people. And you also feel very comfortable in there. One day I wore my PJ's in there - thats how nice and homey it is!
Monday, March 14, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Best pub in Chinnor
The Royal Oak is back on top! With its complete refurb old customers would not recognise the place. It has the friendliest atmosphere and it is nice to see the difference in age ranges that use the pub on a regular basis, you would not have a problem in finding someone to chat to if you are on your own. John and Sue have done an excellent job in turning this place around and with Discos on Fridays and Karaoke on Saturdays with a guest live band once a month things can only go on improving.
Saturday, February 26, 2005Rating: rosettes

 The best pub in Bicester
Chris (the Landlord) is very nice. Always does his best to make customer happy. It is a friendly pub!!
It is my favourite pub in Bicester!!!
Friday, January 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

As you may see from the section below that should list all the good features about this pub it is EMPTY - just like the heads of the majority of the patrons who frequent this so-called 'music venue'. I agree with the previous coments having played at this place that there was absolutely no form of life within it at all - not a sausage even from a reasonably packed pub. If any one asks your band to play here tell you'd rather shave your nuts with a rusty razor.
Monday, January 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Don't go there.
They advertise as a Live Music venue... WRONG! What they actually are is way off the mark. They have to move everything around to accomodate a band, no stage, inappropriate power outlets and no atmosphere. It's like playing to a bunch of zombies, plus the landlord will do anything not to pay the band if he can. Trashy pub, trashy landlord.
Sunday, January 9, 2005Rating: No rosettes

ryan stewart
 Hi dave from ryan
Monday, October 4, 2004Rating: rosettes

anne cooper
 Worth a visit
Great atmosphere of small market town pub - good food too - Thai dishes as well as standard pub fare.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004Rating: rosettes

George Hoath
 Wonderful food and accommodation
I had the pleasure of spending a week at the Boar's Head, and enjoyed every minute. The rooms are very comfortable, the food is superb, and the hosts are warm and friendly. I highly recommend this pub for an afternoon break, or a longer stay if you can
Monday, March 31, 2003Rating: No rosettes

James and Sarah
 A very friendly pub. Great food. Pleasant staff.
One of the best pubs in Wantage.
Sunday, January 12, 2003Rating: rosettes

becky and ed
 this pub is the king
becky and ed say yay! thanks for the ale! especially hop demon and wedding
Thursday, January 9, 2003Rating: rosettes

Geoff Pidoux
 Locals & Tourist Pub, good food & beer
Locals & Tourist Pub, good food & beer. Pleasant surroundings, well run.
Wednesday, August 16, 2000Rating: rosettes

Liam Coleman
The Angel is a small pub with many regulars. Top quality food and an excellent pool table at the top end of the pub.I spend most Saturdays and Friday nights in there. Best pub in Witney!
Sunday, May 28, 2000Rating: No rosettes

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