Long ago Steeple Aston had several pubs, now sadly only one remains. In this section, we give a detailed description of our village pub, the Red Lion, along with links to contact details and sample menus. We also provide information on the nearby Holt Hotel and links to a variety of pubs and restaurants nearby.
The Red Lion
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: Noon – 11.00pm, Sunday: Noon till 5.00pm.
Food is served every day from Noon till 2.30pm and 6.00 till 9.00pm except Sunday evening.
The Red Lion, thought to have become a pub in 1903, was acquired by Oxfordshire brewer Hook Norton in October 2005. Sarah and Melvin Phipps, the current publicans, became the first tenants of the pub in February 2006.
Situated in a peaceful setting on the corner of South Side and Water Lane, the pub is in an elevated position giving a pleasant view across the valley from the terrace at the front. There is a small parking area to the front of the pub and also a car park to the rear.
The bar is small and cosy with a log burner in the corner; the daily newspaper is there for you to read and you will usually find a local or two propping up the bar supping the cask marque accredited ales.
With the brewery just 12 miles away as the crow flies, the beer doesn’t have to travel far to their cellar and you are always guaranteed a great pint of “Hooky” at the Red Lion. They also serve the soon to be famous “Lion” ale, a wonderful, pale brew at 4% ABV recently launched by Hook Norton and going down very well indeed. Their third hand pump will usually dispense a seasonal beer, or maybe Hooky Mild. Draught lagers and cider complete the offering at the pumps.
Food features prominently at the Red Lion and a new dining room addition was built in 2004 that seats 30 diners in comfort. Named by the owner at the time, the Garden Room is an oak construction with lots of large windows that flood the room with light, and is an ideal place for a family gathering, a celebration or Sunday lunch. The room is also used for meetings and can be utilised as a training venue or even a gallery, should the occasion arise. Please contact the Phipps’s should you be interested in holding your event in the Garden Room.
The menu is made up of classic British pub meals at reasonable prices. Steaks, fish and chips, curries and pies are just some of the dishes frequently featured on the menu. Sunday lunch is a very popular occasion and typically you will find rare sirloin of beef and Yorkshire pudding with locally grown vegetables in season served in generous portions on Sunday.
The pub also serves thin crust, stone baked pizza, to eat in or take away, and you are highly recommended to try one when you visit. The dough is floured and rolled to order and they use only the finest ingredients as toppings. The result is a very tasty pizza indeed.
Children and dogs are allowed in the pub. A free wi-fi connection is also available.
The Holt Hotel
The Holt Hotel at Hopcroft’’s Holt is a traditional coaching inn on the Oxford to Banbury Road, just a mile from the centre of Steeple Aston.
The Highwayman Bar
Opening times: Monday to Saturday: 11.00am to 11.00pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12.00 noon to 11.00pm
Du Vall’s Restaurant
Monday to Friday:7.00 to 09.30am
Saturday and Sunday:8.00 to 10.00am
Monday to Saturday:12.00 noon to 2.00pm
Sunday: 12.00 noon to 3.00pm
Monday to Saturday:7.00 to 11.30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays:closed
The Highwayman Bar features an extensive bar menu featuring locally sourced produce and local beers.
The Claude Du Vall Restaurant features a daily table d’hôte and a la carte menu and Sunday carvery. For a sample of the a la carte menu, please see the website.
Other places to eat and drink nearby
The Unicorn Inn, Deddington
The Killingworth Castle, Wootton
The Oxford Arms, Kirtlington
The Bell at Hampton Poyle
La Galleria,Italian restaurant, Woodstock
The Crown Inn, Church Enstone
Tel: 01608 677262
The Duck on the Pond, South Newington
The Dashwood, Kirtlington
The Falkland Arms, Great Tew
The Black Boy Inn, Milton
The Masons Arms, Swerford
The White Horse, Dun’s Tew