The Greyhound Inn Pub with rooms in Letcombe Regis , Oxfordshire

Prices from:
£90 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Rescued by local couple in 2015
  • Stylishly refurbished; cosy feel
  • Lidia and team; great hosts
  • Modern British food; daily menus
  • Comfy, individual rooms
  • Wonderful walking & cycling
  • Dog friendly – welcome overnight

Sticky FingersMuddy PawsGood for WalkingOutdoor Pursuits90 Minutes from LondonPrivate Dining

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Overview

The Greyhound Inn Letcombe Regis , Oxfordshire, OX12 9JL

The personal touch

The pretty downland village of Letcombe Regis lost its community hub, the 18th-century Greyhound Inn, in 2014 after a succession of landlords failed to make the pub work as a vibrant village local and dining destination. Saddened at the closure, Letcombe residents Martyn Reed and Catriona Galbraith bought the freehold and set about totally refurbishing the pub, having given up excellent jobs to become inn owners. They pushed open the doors in November 2015 and haven’t looked back, installing respected chef Phil Currie in the kitchen, who delivers innovative pub food, and opening the rooms at Easter 2016. You can expect to find a rambling bar and a series of cosy dining rooms, where wood floors, a mix of scrubbed and old dining tables, mirrors and original painting on warmly painted walls, and a vast inglenook fireplace and a wood-burner, the latter front by deep leather armchairs, combine to create a comfortable and very relaxing atmosphere. A private dining room, The Wessex Room, with teal and grey décor and a large communal dining table, comfortably accommodates 14 people for a relaxed party or meeting. Very much in tune with their location beneath the Ridgeway Path, which is a very popular off-road cycling trail, they have added secure weatherproof storage for eight cycles in the car park.

Sticky fingers

Children are allowed throughout the pub. Kids have their own menu and Oxford, Wantage and Lambourn rooms have a sofa or pull out beds (£20 for 3-12 year olds) and cots are available (free).

Muddy paws

Your canine chum will be welcomed with open arms; there’s a jar of dog biscuits on the bar and two rooms (Ridgway & Childrey) are dog friendly and come kitted out with dog bed, bowl, treats, poo bags and towel.

Alfresco

The small rear garden, bordered by climbing roses and dotted with colourful pots, has sturdy picnic benches and parasols and is a sheltered suntrap on summer days. Additionally, the Barn, which opens out on to the garden, is a calming room with stone floor slabs and timber cladding, and decorated with hops and fairy lights. It can serve as a function room for private parties or an extension of the garden (expect to see Wimbledon on the large screen TV in the summer).

What’s on?

This pub is not just dog friendly but welcomes equestrians too and has an arrangement with a local stables in the village offering overnight accommodation for up to 3 horses (with hay and bedding included and a paddock in the summer months) for £25 per horse.  If you stay on a Sunday night then expect to join in with the very popular quiz night. Occasional Sunday afternoon live music also features.

What’s the Damage?

8 twin/doubles £90-£110; 2 suites £135. Singles £75-£120

What Else?

  • Mastercard & Visa credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

White Horse CAMRA Country Pub of the Year 2017

Sleep

The Greyhound Inn Letcombe Regis , Oxfordshire, OX12 9JL

Do not disturb

The eight individually furnished rooms are spread across two floors above the bar and named after important local places of interest, including Ridgeway (after the ancient downland trackway) and Segsbury, which is a local Iron Age hill fort on the Ridgeway. Using a local interior designer and carpenter, the comfortable rooms have been simply yet stylishly kitted out – all feature calming heritage hues, with the old splash of bold colour, rich fabrics, including tartan upholstered headboards, and a eclectic mix of antique dark wood or old pine and painted furniture. Uffington, Lambourn and Bassett have original timbers and the Oxford suite and Wantage room are located in the eaves replete with timber framing. Smart bathrooms either have a shower or a shower over a bath, with Oxford boasting a striking blue roll-top tub.  Equestrians are welcomed here too and the Greyhound has an agreement with the local stables for overnight accommodation for up to 3 horses (with hay and bedding included and a paddock in the summer months) for £25 per horse. Perfect for exploring the Ridgeway on horseback…

Creature comforts

Bramley Bathroom Products; Hypnos beds; Oxford Coffee Company; fresh milk; homemade shortbread. For the dogs: Bob and Lush treats

Gadgets

Roberts radio; Freeview TV (suites include a second TV with DVD player).

What’s for Breakfast?

On the big dresser: juices; homemade jams; jars of cereals; pastries & croissants. From the kitchen: porridge; yoghurts; fresh fruit; eggs Benedict or Florentine; smoked haddock & poached egg; smoked salmon & scrambled egg; the Full English (& vegetarian option)

What’s the Damage?

8 twin/doubles £90-£110; 2 suites £135. Singles £75-£120

What Else?

  • Mastercard & Visa credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

White Horse CAMRA Country Pub of the Year 2017

Eat & Drink

The Greyhound Inn Letcombe Regis , Oxfordshire, OX12 9JL

Mastering the menu

Head chef Phil Currie, who previously put the Killingworth Castle at Wootton on Oxfordshire’s culinary map, has been quietly doing the same at the Greyhound, having joined the team with partner Lidia (excellent front of house) before the pub opened in late 2015. Expect competent modern British cooking and imaginative daily menus that brim with quality local and seasonal ingredients, notably stunning pork from Dew Meadow Farm in nearby Hanney, game from local estate shoots, and fresh range Cotswold reared chicken. His signature starter dish – twice-baked cheddar soufflé with braised leeks, spinach and smoked haddock cream – is delicious, and classics (with a twist) combine well with more inventive dishes on well balanced menus. Save room for one of Phil’s puddings, perhaps the apple, almond and hazelnut crumble with cinnamon and Calvados custard. Worth noting: all ice cream is home-made on site as is all the bread. Every Wednesday evening the ‘Midweek Fix’ is a great value 2-course fixed menu at £12.

On the menu

(Starters: £5.50-£8; Main Courses: £12-£18.50; Desserts £5.50-£7).

Seared squid, cockle & mussel bouillabaisse, samphire; potted game, sloe gin jelly, parsnip crisps, watercress, mushroom brioche; parmesan custard, truffled gnocchi, charred broccoli, pickled red onion

Hake, celeriac & parsley risotto, mussels & cider; Cotswold chicken, chasseur, pomme puree, chorizo, charred sprouting broccoli; beef burger, smoked bacon, smoked cheddar, ale onions, mustard mayonnaise, chips

Banana cake, peanut brittle, toffee & rum sauce, vanilla ice cream; quince tart, chestnut maple ice cream

Bar menu

At lunchtime soup & sandwiches are also available – roast beef and horseradish; smoked salmon, pickled cucumber and crème fraiche; cheddar with homemade pickle (beetroot or apple and raisin).

Sunday Roasts

(£12.50-£15.50)

Good Sunday menu with roasts – hazelnut & walnut roast; Cornish leg of lamb; Dews Meadow Farm pork loin; Aberdeen Angus beef sirloin; served with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 9.30am (8am – 10am Saturday & Sunday)

Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (3.30pm Sunday). Closed Monday lunch
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (9.30pm Friday & Saturday; 8.30pm Sunday)

Local, local, local

Pork – Dews Meadow Farm, Hanney

Game – Vicars Game (www.vicarsgame.co.uk) & local shoots

Meat – Aubrey Allen

Chicken – Natural Farms, Carterton

Seafood – New Wave Seafood, Fairford

Seasonal fruit & vegetables – local allotments & Bramley’s Greengrocers in Cirencester

Wine – Oxford Wine Company

Real ale – Butts Brewery; Ramsbury Brewery; West Berkshire Brewery; North Cotswold Brewery; Little Ox

Ramsbury Vodka

Coffee – Oxford Coffee Company

Flowers – Jason’s Flowers of Wantage

Behind the bar

Commendably, Lidia rotates all four real ales, so the locals must really enjoy the beers she sources from local micro-breweries, with Butts, Ramsbury and West Berkshire featuring regularly, and she will always showcase one-off or seasonal brews. Typically, you may find Ringwood Razor Back, West Berkshire Mister Swifts, and Butts Barbus Barbus, brewed across the downs in Great Shefford. Wines on the carefully selected wine list come from the Oxford Wine Company, with 12 offered by the glass, as well as two decent stickies and a few vintage ports to accompany dessert or the artisan cheese board. The back bar will also reveal a good choice of spirits, including the local Ramsbury vodka, and juices from Frobishers and Luscombe.

Time at the bar

10am – 11pm (3.30pm – 10pm Monday; 11am – 10pm Sunday & Bank Holidays).

What’s the Damage?

8 twin/doubles £90-£110; 2 suites £135. Singles £75-£120

What Else?

  • Mastercard & Visa credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

White Horse CAMRA Country Pub of the Year 2017

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Upton Smokery, Upton Downs Farm, Burford OX18 4LY

Located in the rolling Cotswold countryside outside of Burford, this family business smokes just about everything from game to fish. They also stock fresh game, paté, potted terrines, charcuterie and olives.

4

The Rose and Crown, Shilton OX18 4AB

Cracking foodie pub run by chef-Patron Martin Coldicott. The 16th-century Cotswold-stone pub has low beams, stone floors and a menu that keeps things suitably simple.

8

Umami Deli, 13 Newbury Street, Wantage OX12 8BU

Award-winning deli run by Persian/Turkish owners and offering an imaginative selection of world foods and cheeses, as well as great little café serving good coffee and imaginative sandwiches.

9

The White Hart, Fyfield, Abingdon OX13 5LW

Mark & Kay Chandler’s magnificent listed former Chantry house oozes historic charm and draws a discerning crowd for Mark’s delicious food. His daily, modern British menus champion local, seasonal ingredients, including fresh produce picked from the extensive kitchen garden. Great beers and ciders too.

10

Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford OX13 5HB

Established from a ‘pick your own farm’ with a shop, Millets has evolved in recent years to become an extensive retail operation, with a well-stocked farm shop (in-house bakery & butchery), a new Farmhouse Kitchen serving good food, seasonal pick your own fruits, and family attractions.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Greyhound Inn

Activities

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Frilford Heath Golf Club, Frilford OX13 5NW

Frilford's has three 18-hole courses. The Red Course dates from 1908 and is over 6,800 yards long, the Green Course is shorter, but is just as much of a challenge, while the Blue Course is more modern, with a number of water hazards and more undulating greens. Visitors are always welcome. Generally you can turn up and play, but it might be worth checking with the office just in case.

3

Skydiving, Ipsden OX10 6AS

Take the big leap with a tandem skydive (that's the one when you're safely attached to an instructor) or an accelerated freefall where the instructors are beside you. Thrilling stuff.

Shopping

16

Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins GL7 3JJ

Not exactly a museum, and not exactly a shop, Cotswold Woollen Weavers is a bit of both. The wealth of the Cotswolds came from wool, and you can learn about that here, and the processes that change wool to cloth. They proudly say they make 'useful and desirable things', and you can browse a selection of unusual items, from clothing to furniture.

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Hungerford RG17 0NJ

Hungerford is a lovely little town and it's full of antique shops - some extremely high-end and some a bit more affordable. Take the B4001, it's a nice road through pretty countryside.

18

Below Stairs of Hungerford, Hungerford RG17 0NB

An amazing and unique shop specialising in items from the 19th and early 20th century, and an ideal hunting ground for anyone doing up an old house. If you need door furniture or actual doors, coat hooks or stair rods, light fittings or kitchenware, or have an obsession with medical collectables, or old keys, fishing tackle or shop fittings, this place is highly recommended. Everything is beautifully arranged as well.

Places to visit

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Ashdown House, Lambourn RG17 8RE

Built for the Queen of Bohemia in the 17th century and remotely situated in windswept downland country near Lambourn in Berkshire, Ashdown House has the look of an elegant dolls' house. The house is small and intimate, with a striking staircase hung with fine 17th-century paintings. Ashdown is tenanted, so check opening times before visiting.

5

Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott GL7 3HJ

This beautiful house, built from lovely mellow golden stone, was the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. Kelmscott is home to fascinating and important collections of textiles, furniture and paintings, spanning more than 300 years and reflecting the ideas and creative legacy of those who lived and worked here.

6

Uffington White Horse, Uffington SN7 7QJ

The most famous white horse of them all and dating from the Bronze Age, the horse can be seen from miles away and is surely one of the most evocative sights in southern England. The location, at the head of a dry valley on the Ridgeway escarpment, is equally dramatic, and the hill figure is only part of what you can see here. The steeply rippled sides of the valley known as 'The Manger' are the result of retreating permafrost.To the east of that is Dragon Hill, said to be where St George slew the dragon, its blood leaving a scar where nothing grows. The Iron Age hill fort, known as Uffington Castle, crowns White Horse Hill and is the highest point in Oxfordshire, with views over six counties. And across the property there are Neolithic burial mounds, reused until Saxon times.

8

Buscot Park, Faringdon SN7 8BU

Although Buscot Park is a National Trust property, it's also the family home of Lord Faringdon, who looks after the property on the Trust's behalf. The Faringdon Collection, displayed in the house, includes pictures, furniture, ceramics and objets d'art.

9

Harcourt Arboretum, Marsh Baldon OX44 9PX

Part of the University of Oxford since 1963, Harcourt Arboretum covers 130 acres and features the best collection of trees in the county, as well as some of the oldest redwoods in the UK. Seasonal highlights include wildflower meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell woods.

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Faringdon Folly and Woodland, Faringdon SN7 7AQ

This unique tower is the last major folly to be built in England. It stands on Folly Hill in four acres of charming circular woodland, with spectacular views over five counties. The tower was built in the 1930s by the eccentric Lord Berners - 'the great point of the tower is that it will be entirely useless'.

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Wayland's Smithy, Ashbury SN6 8NX

Wayland's Smithy is a brilliantly atmospheric Neolithic chambered tomb, about 2km along the Ridgeway from the Uffington White Horse. Its name comes from the story that the Saxon smith god, Wayland, lived there and would shoe any horse left with a coin overnight.The tomb you can explore today, with its dramatic entrance stones, is the second on this site and was constructed between 3,460 and 3,400 BC.

12

Badbury Hill, Great Coxwell

The site of an Iron Age hill fort known as Badbury Camp, suggested as a potential site of the (possibly mythical) 5th- or 6th-century Battle of Mons Badonicus, where (just perhaps) King Arthur defeated the Anglo-Saxons. Known locally as Badbury Clump, it's roughly nine acres of woodland, and absolutely full of bluebells in May. Also: nationaltrust.org.uk

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Buscot and Coleshill Estates, Coleshill SN6 7PT

Two very English villages and the mosaic of fields, water meadows, spinneys and parkland that surround them. Traditionally farmed and covering 7,000 acres, there are miles of circular walks and family trails. Buscot is a haven for wildlife, and there's a real sense that time has stood still at Coleshill.

Walking

www.southernoxfordshire.com
www.nationaltrail.co.uk
www.whitehorsewalk.co.uk

There’s good walking to had around these parts, with three long distance paths as well as a network of tracks and trails; walk in the footsteps of prehistoric settlers, Saxons and Romans, as red kites hover overhead. The Ridgeway passes through ancient landscapes and has been used since prehistoric times by travellers, soldiers and herdsmen. The 87 miles of the route take in downland, woodlands, and secluded valleys. The Thames Path follows the river for 184 miles from its source in the Cotswold Hills to the sea. The Oxfordshire Way winds through the county from Bourton-on-the-Water (which is in Gloucestershire) to the banks of the River Thames in Henley, passing through contrasting landscapes, villages and towns. The White Horse Walk is a long-distance route that visits all of the nine White Horses of Oxfordshire and Wiltshire (there are also individual walks for each of them). Buscot and Coleshill Estates (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) offer some lovely walks, too.

Cycling

www.southernoxfordshire.com

The 200 miles of the Oxfordshire Cycleway take you through some of the most scenic countryside in the region, and it links to the Ridgeway National Trail, for those who want to do something a bit more off-road. The Hanson Way is a generally traffic-free route that takes in Didcot, Abingdon and Oxford on its way from Reading to the North Wales coast. The Phoenix Trail is a disused railway line. Then there’s the Didcot to Wantage Way, which is mostly quiet roads and purpose-built paths. The Vale of the White Horse Cycleway starts and finishes in Abingdon and is pleasantly flat, taking in some lovely villages.

Events

www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org
Whatever time of year, the Oxfordshire Cotswolds offer a colourful and varied calendar of festivals and special events. There’s usually something happening somewhere in the region just about every weekend. For example, in March Chipping Norton hosts its popular music festival, in July there’s the spectacular Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford, in September you’ll find Blenheim Palace staging its annual literary festival, and in October the Bus & Classic Vehicle Rally takes place at the Oxford Bus Museum. The city of Oxford itself hosts numerous cultural events and individual festivals throughout the year.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: The ancient The Ridgeway path is a couple of miles from the Greyhound, making the pub a perfect stopover for walkers or cyclists following this trail. Letcombe Regis is signposted off B4057 Wantage to Swindon road, 2 miles south west of Wantage. It is less than 20 miles from Oxford, Newbury and the Cotswolds and 11 miles from the M4 (Jnt 14)

By Train: Nearest railway station is Didcot, 10 miles east of Letcombe Regis

Address:

Main Street, Letcombe Regis , Oxfordshire, OX12 9JL

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