The Saye & Sele Arms

The Saye & Sele Arms

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
Main Road, Broughton, Nr. Banbury, OX15 5ED
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Close to Broughton Castle lies The Saye & Sele Arms, a charming 16th-Century pub sheltered by a stunning backdrop of trees. It's a thriving family business, run by friendly husband-and-wife team, Danny (chef proprietor) and Liz. The bar offers a fine selection of Cask Marque-approved real ales. Adnams is the resident beer, and is accompanied by three constantly changing guest ales. There is also a fine selection of wines and spirits to choose from.

The restaurant and bar's beams are decked with over 200 colourful water jugs, from places as far flung as Italy; many have also been provided by customers who are particularly fond of the pub. The jugs are a wonderfully quirky feature, and as you sit waiting for a course to arrive they provide a great talking point for diners. To begin with I ordered the smoked duck breast, which came with diced sweet beetroot, all on a novel duck-shaped oval starter boat. You have not truly tasted a good British pie until you have had one of Danny's show-stoppers, and I had one of these for my main course. These famous 'proper pies' range from lamb and apricot, beef steak, kidney and ale, to chicken, bacon, mushroom and tarragon, as well as minced beef, Cheddar and Stilton. The minced beef, Cheddar and Stilton pie I had was an exquisite treat, full of meaty flavour in a wonderfully creamy aromatic sauce - superb. To finish up, the meringue stack with red berry compote, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream was a delightfully light confection.

In the summer, the spacious garden creates an ideal spot for alfresco dining on the patio or lawn. As an aside, produce from the herb garden features in the tempting daily menus, which vary seasonally. The well-appointed grounds also boast an Aunt Sally pitch and beer garden. Bookings are strongly recommended or a chance to enjoy this excellent cuisine. Neatly summed up by the Daily Telegraph: The Saye & Sele Arms is quite simply 'an example in how to do it.'
Open: Mon-Fri 10.30am-2.30pm, 7pm-11pm; Sat 10.30am-3pm, 7pm-11pm; Sun noon-5pm; Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-3pm

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