The Trout at Tadpole in Oxfordshire has been reviewed in The Times.
Tom Chesshyre writes that “The Trout is on a remote section of the Thames”. He is right. I recall dropping in on a hot day in the early 1980s before the Thames Path was invented. It was a simple pub with just a few customers.
It is “now a gastropub” and part of the 19-strong Epicurean collection of inns claiming to ‘celebrate the British countryside’.
The reviewer reports: “The public areas were given a slick makeover with tan leather armchairs, cobalt-blue wood panels, quirky art and unusual, rhino-shaped lamps.”
But he says that it is “particularly popular with Thames Path walkers because there’s plenty of space to dry wet boots”.
This is true because walkers are divided between not just those willing and able to to pay above the average price and those wanting to keep accommodation basic and brief. No time to enjoy luxury say some.
B&B doubles are available from £130. A three course dinner for two is about £55.
The Trout, Tadpole Bridge SN7 8RF (01367 870382)