Crooked Billet

Oxfordshire - Stoke Row

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

Newlands Lane
Stoke Row

OS ref: SU684844

Tel: (01491) 681048



Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Bus: Yes

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Now primarily functioning as a restaurant, it is possible to have only a drink at some tables and in the garden. The two left-hand rooms retain great historic character. On the far left is a small room with a large open fireplace and a quarry tile floor. The middle room has a wood block floor. The large room on the right seems to have been added in the nineteenth century. There is no bar counter so beer is fetched from the cellar.

Hidden away down a narrow winding lane, this pub now primarily functions as a restaurant. However it still has an unspoilt interior with the two left-hand rooms retaining great historic character. Also, it does not have a bar counter (one of only seven such pubs remaining in the whole country) so beer is drawn directly from casks in the cellar and brought to your table. If you want to visit ‘just for a beer’ it is recommended you plan to arrive in the afternoon and best to ring ahead as the pub can close for parties. Otherwise, expect all the tables to be laid out for diners, but you can drink in the garden.

At least a 17th century brick building painted white with an extension to the right, also of brick, added in the 19th century. From the front door there is a passage formed by a part glazed partition wall. This leads into a very small room with a red tiled floor and large old wood surround & brick fireplace that almost reaches the beamed ceiling It has an ancient fireback and log fire. As well as the part glazed partition wall on the passage side there is another at the rear and both have old bench seating attached with cushions. There are just two scrubbed top tables and a tiny old cupboard in the top right of the wall by the fireplace.

A doorway on the other side of the entrance passage leads to another small room with a wood block floor, an old wood surround and brick fireplace with a log burning stove and a mantleshelf that almost reaches the beamed ceiling. The left and rear walls have a dado of old panelling and there is a corner cupboard.

The door on the right of the middle room leads into a red and black quarry tiled passage from the disused front door in the extension. A door on the other side leads to a large room originally a dormitory housing cherry pickers. Now a dining room it has an old wood surround fireplace with a stove.

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