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Reviews - The Duke of Cumberland's Head

3Self Classified Small Hotel Ratings explained
Clifton, Banbury, OX15 0PE
The Duke of Cumberland's Head is a beautiful thatched village inn that dates from the seventeenth century. It has five bedrooms which have been decorated to a high standard. The price of the rooms includes a continental breakfast including boiled eggs, cereals, fresh fruit, toast, tea and coffee. Cooked breakfast is available at the weekends.

Our excellent chefs have created a delicious menu which is their interpretation of traditional pub food. The menu constantly evolves and is complemented by our specials board which reflects whatever the kitchen has sourced that day, from game and fish to locally-sourced vegetables and meat. The full menu is available 12-2:30, 6:30-9:30.

Beyond the end of the garden, there are beautiful walks through the North Oxfordshire countryside and the pub is a perfect place to stay for a weekend, being perfectly situated for Bicester village, Oxford, Chipping Norton and The Cotswolds. The pub is only five miles from junction 10 of the M40.
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Overall score Guest rating scores since September 2012 Customer recommendation
Guest Reviews Based on 79 reviews
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86% recommended this accommodation to a friend 86% would stay again
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Not as expected.
We got a great value deal, arrived very late and left very early so the accommodation didn't really matter to us- if you're looking for a proper break away then this may not be the best place. The rooms were very old fashioned and not 100%clean- the bed however was very comfy! Breakfast was DIY boiled egg and toast- my partner would have preferred a warning that it wasn't a full english!
Ok stay if you're only there for a short while but not quite as we had expected.

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F Marshall

From Bromley, UK
Who stayed in December 2013

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Lovely location, lovely building, lovely people.
Great all round, very much in need of the talked about refurbishment, if it happens. It's as if the absent owner is just happy to have this going concern break even year in year out, for busines reasons. The manager has much pride in the hospitality he has to offer but is held back by the needed refurb. Awesome potential yet to be realised.

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Simon Bayley

From Leicester, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

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Bargain!
Was a bit unsure when booking this room as it was very cheap, but, very close to the venue where i had a meeting. A lovely friendly pub, log fire etc, the room was a little tired, but clean with a comfy bed and nice hot shower. Absolute bargain would stay again.

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nicki A

From BALSHAM, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

With colleagues

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Great traditional and friendly pub.

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James L

From Nottingham, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

Travelling alone

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Secret little Gem.
From the minute you arrive you feel welcome, great bar area with open fire, this is alao where you eat and the food is very good, themed menu's per night and a normal meny add to the choice.
Lovely rooms and beds very comfy.
A great place to stay and rhe price is just brilliant.
Would stay again.

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J Searle

From Bristol, UK
Who stayed in October 2013

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Just one night
Would be nice to stop here in the summer, the beer garden looks so inviting

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Rob A

From Leeds, UK
Who stayed in October 2013

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Curate's egg
Impressed by a phone call from the landlady during our journey enquiring if we would require a meal on arrival as kitchen about to close.
Friendly welcome. Bar inviting. Enjoyed unhurried drink with family members. Christmas menu appealing and it looked a pleasant place for a meal.
Room best described as having some character (e.g. sloping floors - not a problem) but in need of total redecoration and refurbishment - carpet and bedcover looked grubby. Curtains trailed floor and offered potential trip hazard. Also not hung very well - did not cover entire window.
Breakfast - disappointing. Cooked breakfast offered only at weekends. Do-it-yourself boiled egg available. Limited selection of cereals - no muesli, porridge, fruit, yoghurt. Very poor quality, thinly sliced bread (in plastic bags labelled 'Catering'). Butter only available, no low fat spreads.

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Steve H

From Thetford, UK
Who stayed in September 2013

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duke of cumberlands head
although a problem with the water and shower this was the only downside, staff were friendly and helpful. Food was excellent.

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s williams

From Cheltenham, UK
Who stayed in August 2013

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Moto GP trip 2013
Stayed here on way to silverstone as only 20 mins away for first day entry lovely little pub , warm welcome from managers son who was also on duty and likes bikes which i was on, room was a bit old fashioned very comfy but at that price a real bargain . The beer was well kept and the food quality and service was second to none would highly recomend the duck which would not be out of place in a five star hotel menu , finally a big thankyou to every one at the inn .

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Norman Johns

From Plymouth, UK
Who stayed in August 2013

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Perfect village inn with great accomodation.
Lovely country pub in a quiet hamlet, everything here is well thought out and of a high standard. Plenty of safe parking, great beer garden, homely bar, Great value for money and friendly personable staff. Huge family room with smart furniture away from the rest of the pub. Food is standard pub fare but very well done. Breakfast is included (great for family of four...) it's continental and basic but absolutely fine. You'll like it here.

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IVOR H

From Sale, UK
Who stayed in August 2013

Family with young children

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