Very soon the journey from Cambridge to Oxford will be doable at lightning speed, possibly by the complete removal of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.
Oxford itself has much for the American tourist who can afford £14.75 for a burger, but Scrooge McTaylor recommends instead the less-trod villages to the north.
It may look a bit basic, and it’s clearly beyond our budgets anyway, but the food coming out of the kitchen at the Coach & Horses in Adderbury looked fit for a trencherman, whatever that means. I paid more for a dab of Brixworth pate from the local deli a few years back, occupying myself while Mrs RM bankrupted me at the Fired Earth factory shop.
I love basic community pubs like this, even though the music choice (Simply Red – Stars) comes from the same era as the prices. Oxfordshire isn’t all Chipping Norton, and I’ve been to a few places round Banbury like this over the years (Horton Red Lion ?).
There were literally dozens of OAPs in for the £4 roast giving the pub an atmosphere you don’t get at the “Restaurant with Rooms” places a few miles east. This meant there were more takers for the cask than I’ve seen midweek for ages, and the Wadworth IPA (NBSS 3.5) was as good as Alan Winfield said it is on this blog recently. Nice head too.
There are a few pubs in Adderbury, including the very foody Bell, whose Hook Norton beers are similarly excellent. You don’t get banter about blokes three times over the limit driving a forklift truck in the Bell, though. (Plenty of chat about medical conditions too but I’ll save those up for a future blog).