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 a link to their website for sample menus and forthcoming events. We also provide information on the nearby Holt Hotel and links to a variety of pubs and restaurants nearby.
The Red Lion
Tuesday – Friday 12.00 – 15.00 and 17.30 – 22.00/23.00 Saturday 12.00 – 22.00/23.00, Sunday 12.00 – 18.00/19.00
Tuesday – Friday 12.00 – 14.30 and 18.00 – 21.00 Saturday 12.00 – 21.00, Sunday 12.00 – 15.00
The Red Lion building has been a pub since 1765. It was originally called The Chequers, but was renamed the Red Lion in 1830. It was acquired by Oxfordshire brewer Hook Norton in October 2005. Sarah and Melvin Phipps became the first tenants of the pub in February 2006. When they retired in November 2019, Aidan and Kegan Madden took on the tenancy.
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.
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.
The menu is a mixture of pub classics and weekly specials all cooked in house with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. 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. 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’s Bar & Lounge
Open throughout the day for tea and coffee, and serves food and drink as well as afternoon tea daily from 12 noon.
Monday – Saturday
11:00am – 11:00pm (Drinks)
12:00pm – 9:30pm (Food)
12:00pm – 10:30pm (Drinks)
6:00pm – 9:00pm (Food)
Du Vall’s Restaurant
Monday to Friday: 7.00 to 09.30am
Saturday and Sunday: 8.00 to 10.00am
Sunday: 12.00 noon to 2.00pm
Friday & Saturday: 06:00pm to 09:00pm
The Highwayman’s Bar features an extensive bar menu featuring locally sourced produce and local beers.
The Claude Du Vall Restaurant features an a la carte menu on Friday and Saturday evenings and a Sunday carvery. For a sample of the menus, please see the website.
Fish & Chips
The Codfather has decided he will no longer visit Steeple Aston, but he does go regularly to Middle Barton on a Friday between 4.00 and 8.30pm, and to other villages. For more information, go to his Facebook page,
However, another company is planning to come fortnightly on Wednesdays in future. Howe & Co 66 Frankly Fish and Chips will go through North Aston and Middle Aston, and then stop at The Crescent, Nizewell Head, Jubilee Close and Grange Park. Their van here is called Van99, and you can track their route from their Facebook page live on the night. You can pre-order by phone or email, or just order at the van. Menus and other details are on their Facebook page.
Other places to eat and drink nearby
The Crown & Tuns also known as puddingface, the pie place
The Yurt at Nicholsons, North Aston
Kizzie’s Bistro, Lower Heyford
The Unicorn Inn, Deddington
The Deddington Arms, 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 White Horse, Dun’s Tew