The Cock Inn

The Cock Inn free house is a 17th century Inn which was lovingly restored in 2013 by the current landlords Victoria Frazer-Smith and Andrew Smith. At the rear of the Inn is a small car park where you can stop over night in your camper. It is advisable to call before coming as this is a small car park and will only take a few vans. When coming to the Inn the best route is from the B4437 as this is much wider for vans.

This is a beautiful 17th century Inn in the heart of Combe village. The interior is nicely decorated with flag stone flooring and a roaring log burner. The staff are very friendly and service is excellent. Real ales are on tap and being a free house they have the option to change these to local suppliers. Food is served in the adjoining dining room and is of excellent quality. Rib-eye steaks of good thickness and cooked to perfection with peppercorn sauce or maybe you fancy a fresh fish cooked so it flakes apart and melts in your mouth. When we stayed we had 10 dinning and all were very happy and complementary of the good food and service.

The inn sits opposite the local village green in a typical Cotswold chocolate box village surrounded by thatched cottages built with Cotswold stone. Through the village is a very nice 12th century church called St Laurence. This is well worth a visit to see the history of this village and the recovered painting from the 15th century which are on display inside. The church grounds are set overlooking the local cricket field where you can also find a village play area for the children.  For dog lovers they will be spoilt with the choice of village green, cricket ground or any number of footpaths accessible from the inn.

Whilst you are here why not visit the Combe mill. This is a Victorian steam and water saw mill museum which in its working days was the workshop for Blenheim Palace estate, located about 1.5 miles walk from the Inn. Also about 10 min drive down the A44 towards Oxford you can get the park and ride and explore the beautiful city of Oxford recognised for its historic University of Oxfordshire. If this is not enough reason to stop at the Cock Inn then maybe the 18th century Blenheim Palace is something you would like to visit whilst here, steeped in 300 years of history and only a short drive from the Cock Inn.
We enjoyed our stay at the Cock Inn and are looking forward to returning very soon.


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