The Falkland Arms, Great Tew, Chipping Norton
There is something quintessentially English about the Falkland Arms. To begin with, you have to go far off the beaten track to get there. It is five miles east of Chipping Norton, in the Cotswold village of Great Tew. Tiny, secluded and untouched, visiting Great Tew is like stepping back in time. The thatched building of the Falkland Arms dates back to the 16th century.
It is picturesque with its honey-coloured Costwold stone swathed in rose, wisteria and ivy, facing, as it has done for hundreds of years, the village green and school. The pub takes its name from one of the village’s inhabitants - the second Viscount Falkland, Lucius Cary, who was secretary to Charles I and who inherited the Great Tew estate in 1625. He died at the First Battle of Newbury in 1643, aged 33.
Inside the pub is what you would expect. The bar is surrounded by oak beams and settles, the floor is flagstone and a large inglenook fireplace dominates the room. There are a large number of real ales sold on the premises - the pub has won awards for its selection of cask ales for a number of years. The pub has a large offering of food available - with sandwiches, soups and Ploughman’s at lunchtime and a more extensive menu with steaks and pies in the evenings. The Falkland Arms also offers B&B accommodation in its recently refurbished rooms.
There is no license for under-16s in the bar, although children are welcome in the beer garden and also in the dining room for lunch. Dogs are welcome in the bar or the beer garden. Water can be provided for them.
Tel: 01608 683653
Address: Great Tew, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 4DB