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Arriving in Burford on a Sunday lunchtime in September, we were confronted with a plethora of choice but equally a gaggle of tourists thronging the streets or tucking into their selected food. Having left Heathrow a few hours earlier after a 24 hour flight from Melbourne, whilst we surprisingly chipper, we felt we could not face i) large crowds and ii) an overly intimate, dark pub with low ceilings filled to the rafters with knick-knacks. (no judgement meant - such an environment would not have suited our mood).
The Highway Inn proved to be the perfect choice. Whilst one of the oldest buildings in Burford (1480), The Highway has large bay windows looking out onto the main street, providing a light, airy environment. White walls and high ceilings added to the effect. Three separate rooms (main bar and 2 snugs), but the main bar area was perfect for us to order exactly what we wanted - a simple, unfussy Sunday roast with a slab of meat and fresh, roasted veggies (and a pint of real ale). It was perfect. And Tally, our host, was chatty and happy to talk and then move on to serve other customers.
Favorite Dish: We kept it simple - roast pork, crackling, roasted veggies.
Written Nov 17, 2010
Address: 117 High St, Burford
After lunch earlier in the day at The Highway Inn and rejecting an intimate bar space, dinner in the evening was the perfect foil - a former 16th century coaching inn that epitomises 'an old English pub' - roaring fires in the winter (thankfully not needed when we were there), leather chesterfields, low ceilings - lots of atmosphere and incredibly friendly locals.
Dinner was excellent - the next stage up from the simple Sunday roast we had earlier in the day (we were not jetlagged but we were constantly hungry for the first 24 hours after getting off the flight - we followed dinner the next morning with a full English breakfast).
Tender lamb, juicy steaks with plenty of vegetables and complementary herb/jus flavourings, but not so many that everything was an assault on the tastebuds. And a good wine list - although make sure you ask for it as the assumption will be that you will drink the wine from the bar.
Favorite Dish: Red meat and red wine with excellent fresh veggies.
Written Nov 17, 2010
Address: The Barringtons, Burford, OX18 4TN
When we stayed over night in Burford we walked the main street looking for somewhere for dinner. The Priory caught our eye as it was modern looking and candle lit. Thankfully they had a nice romantic table available for us.
Favorite Dish: We had a really enjoyable evening, with good food and friendly service. We had a main course and dessert each, and a nice bottle of wine.
I am pretty sure that The Priory also operates as a Tea Room during the day - and a nice creamed tea is a must on any visit to Burford ; )
Written May 27, 2007
Address: 35 High St, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4QA
Phone: 01993 823249
Huffkins is a bakery and café located on the main street in Burford. It has been around since the late 1800's. You enter into the delicious smelling bakery, which has display counters filled with tasty looking tarts, cakes and savoury treats.
Continue through the shop and you will find yourself in the café/restaurant area, which is split over a couple of rooms.
Favorite Dish: I have visited Huffkins on two occasions for a cheeky spot of Cream Tea - which consists of a pot of tea and some freshly baked scones with jam and evil clotted cream.
I must say they were pretty good and I wouldn't hesitate to stop by for a third time next I am in the Cotswolds.
Written May 27, 2007
Address: 98 High Street, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4QF
Phone: 01993 822126
This hotel/pub in Burford High Street provides good food and friendly service.
I had homemade vegetable soup, duck salad with hoisin sauce from the specials menu and chocolate cream with orange sorbet. My other half had ham hock terrine with homemade piccalilli from the specials menu, duck with cherry sauce and probably the largest chunk of sticky toffee pudding I have ever seen.
All the food is freshly prepared to order and they will adjust dishes to suit special requirements.
They don't do a children's menu, but can serve child size portions of their main menu dishes.
Favorite Dish: The chocolate cream dessert with orange sorbet and orange compote was unusual and delicious.
Written Apr 8, 2007
Address: High Street
Not a restaurant as such, but serving meals, etc. and cream teas, it is really a public house, but always looks inviting with the floral displays in the summer months.
Written Jul 13, 2006
Address: High Street. Burford.