I’ve been to The Turnpike recently, a gorgeous old pub in Oxfordshire. I passed by it a few times and I was curious how it looks inside. We got there at 11am, too early to have lunch and we also had a big breakfast, as we always do.
The Turnpike is over 200 years old, according to their website. Near the site where the pub stands it used to be a cottage and a toll booth for a highway passing nearby. The pub was built after that, with Cotswold Stone and roofed with Cotswold stone slate. The first landlord ran the inn from 1784.
They have a big car park and an ample outdoor sitting that must be buzzing with customers in the Summer. These roses are adorning a canopy towards the entrance of the pub.
The pub looks just as gorgeous inside. They have offers for lunch and dinner. On top of that, the pub has a vegan menu too. How great is that? I think that I would like to have a meal there. Most likely I will blog about it, if I do. I’m very keen on trying the vegan menu, as my loyal readers might have guessed.
The fire was lit in the fireplace and it looked so cosy and beautiful. I’m always excited to see an open fire in an old pub. The pub is quite big, but because it is an old pub, the tables are dotted around and customers have some privacy.
We’ve only had coffee. Before leaving, there were a lot of people queueing to the bar area, so it might be very busy during lunch time.
The Turnpike is on 2 Woodstock Rd, Yarnton, Kidlington, OX5 1PJ. It is only a few miles from Oxford city centre. It has a big car park. It’s worth stopping there if you are in the area.