Preparations are well under way at The Horse and Groom at Caulcott, ready for the pub’s annual Bastille Day Festival.
Nestled in the peaceful heart of North Oxfordshire and within easy reach of the M40 and A34, Woodstock and Oxford, the charming 16th century coaching house sits on the edge of the hamlet of Caulcott, near Bicester, and is a big favourite of myself and Inspector Morsel.
The pub was named as CAMRA’S North Oxfordshire Pub of the Year 2016-with very good reason!
Jerome and Stacey Prigent have a love and passion for food that is impossible to ignore and we have been regular visitors for years-taking full advantage of the location and the fact that the food is always superb. Dishes are created using locally sourced produce, which gives an authentic homemade quality.
The pub’s annual Bastille Day Festival is now a much anticipated event in the local calendar and this year will take place over the weekend of July 14-16.
Jerome’s menus change regularly, based on the season and availability of fresh produce. Stacey looks after the front of house as well as organising the annual Bastille Day beer festival and any other events. If you have never been to a beer festival here then you are definitely missing out!
The Bastille Day Festival will feature 18 real ales, six scrumpy ciders, a barbecue and live music across the weekend.
The pub offers a wide range of food and drink to suit anybody’s taste, and is well known for its speciality sausage menu and weekly Thursday steak nights, as well as the occasional French weekend.
The next French Weekend event will take place on July 28 and 29 and the menu will include:
Moules marinières with chunky chips
Pear and frangipane tart with vanilla ice cream
Pint of beer or cider/medium house wine/soft drink
£20 per person
The Horse and Groom is open from Tuesday-Saturday from 12 noon-3pm and 6pm-11pm and on Sunday from 12 noon-3pm and 7pm-10.30pm.
Last orders for lunch is at 2pm and for dinner at 9pm.
Booking is essential and all food is cooked fresh to order so you will have to wait at busy times-but trust us it is ALWAYS WORTH it!
For more information visit www.horseandgroomcaulcott.co.uk
To book ring 01869 343257
The Bastille Day Festival will raise money for The Bardwell School in Bicester this year, through the sale of festival glasses and collection tins.
Free camping is available for anyone who wants to enjoy the whole weekend.