The Trout Inn
Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Sporty types, Travellers with pets, Chilling out, Nature / wildlife, No fuss, Relaxation
Best for Outdoor dining - Expert review of The Trout Inn
One of the great Oxford winter traditions is to walk up the Thames floodplain to the ruins of Godstow Abbey and warm yourself by one of the Trout’s log fires. But this grade II Listed 17th-century inn is also popular on a summer’s evening. Sit out on the narrow quayside and watch the Thames plunge through the arches of Godstow Bridge while enjoying a bottle from the bar (wines are conveniently divided up into Mediterranean, rest of the world and rosé).
The Trout claims association with Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis and Inspector Morse. An inn on this spot may even have been the last meeting place of Henry II and his mistress Fair Rosamund who entered Godstow Abbey as a nun in 1174 when their liaison was made public knowledge.
Modern British (fish and chips) meets the Mediterranean influences (Greek mezze, box-baked camembert and stuffed peppers' antipasti). The Trout’s “sharing” pizza un Metro is fun and good value for two people at £15.95.
Wines are displayed in an enthusiastic manner at the bar. “Sparkling Thursday" is a nice boost to the end of the week, with a 25 per cent discount on proseccos and house champagne. Sunday is dedicated to the great British roast (two courses from £12.95) and is accompanied by all the Sunday papers strewn around the pub.
The flagstones, low beams, log fires and skilled carpentry of the bar say it all. This is a place to soak up period atmosphere in 21st-first century comfort. Personally I prefer it half empty. The dining room is more up to date with fewer nooks and no crannies to speak of.
Service can be slow at peak times but remains amiable.
From the Wolvercote roundabout Godstow Road runs southwest through the village of Wolvercote and twice crosses the bifurcated Thames. Just before the second bridge sits the Trout in an area that is suddenly countryside in all directions. For those walking up the Thames from Binsey, it’s just after the lock and immediately opposite the ruins of Godstow Abbey.
Allow £15 for a main course and another £5 for pudding.
In the summer sit outside. In the winter monopolise a log fire if you can.
More information on The Trout Inn:
- Price guide:
- Pub, Restaurant
- British, Mediterranean
- Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN
- 01865 510 930
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri–Sat 11am-10.30pm; Sun 11am-9pm (dining room opens from noon. Last food orders from 9pm).
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary