Written on: 13/07/2007 by dunniwj (1 review written)
This place has apparently been transformed by the new "owners" who took over in May 2006. The pub used to be more of a snotty French restaurant, and we, like many other locals avoided the place for entirely that reason. However, having heard that new owners were in place, we pottered down from Watlington, and we were amazed at the quality and choice of food, not to mention the value. They serve some standard gastro-pub classics e.g. moules marinere, which are as good as, if not better, than you would find in trendy spots in London. They also serve interesting modern European dishes, as well as great British roasts and fresh fish dishes. The ingredients appear to be of a high standard, and the portions are large but not overwhelming. The good-claue house wines were also surprisingly good. The deserts are again gasto-pub classics done very well - the sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream is an excellent example. There is also a nice terraced area and long garden at the back for warm-weather dining, and they hold monthly BBQ's, weather permitting, during the summer months. They even do breakfast and brunch at the weekends (although we are yet to try these).
Considering the competition in the South-Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire Chilterns, this pub sets a high standard, and is currently our number-one choice for a tasty, well-cooked, good value meal in a lovely village. Other local gastro-type pubs in the Chilterns, who unfortunately are reducing both their menu choice and standard of cooking, while at the same time increasing prices, would do well to follow the lead of the Half Moon at Cuxham.