The Shaven Crown
With a tradition of hospitality dating back more than 700 years, The Shaven Crown is drenched in history. It was founded in the 14th century by monks and was once the hunting lodge of Elizabeth I. Located opposite the church and village green in the centre of the scenic Cotswold village of Shipton-under-Wychwood, this medieval hostelry is one of the oldest inns in the country. Roaring fires, bookshelves, arched doors and original double-braced roof structure amplify the venue’s grandeur and charm.
The team of chefs continue to create stunning, seasonal plates of food, so expect to find exceptionally bold yet refi ned dishes throughout the menu. Nibble your way through the likes of Real Olive Company Siciliana olives, focaccia and olive oil, hummus and pitta, halloumi fries with Tracklements chilli jam or baked Camembert with friends and a bottle from the sublime wine list before you begin your meal.
Tempting choices to start include crispy cod cheeks, confit chorizo, cauliflower and fennel, as well as the light and refreshing feta, watermelon and basil salad. Move on to irresistible mains of pan-roasted lamb loin with crispy shoulder, cannellini beans, artichoke and salsa verde, or the unctuous strozzapreti mac and cheese with herb crumb and rocket salad. If you’re looking for something a little lighter for lunch or dinner, why not try the pan-roasted sea bream with Jersey Royals and petits pois à la Française? The roasted yellow courgette stuffed with creamed wild mushrooms, marinated burrata, toasted hazelnuts and ten-year-aged balsamic vinegar really packs a punch too.
No matter how hard you try to resist, we’d recommend that you give in to temptation and devour any one of the delicious desserts on offer. The Pimm’s jelly with raspberry sorbet and vanilla panna cotta, macerated strawberries and crystallised pistachios is heavenly.
For cheese fiends, the team also offers a stunning selection of cheese, such as Wigmore, Windrush Valley goat’s cheese and Alex James’ Blue Monday served with biscuits, quince jam and chutney. All are best accompanied with a glass of Cockburn’s Fine Ruby Port, followed by a luxurious overnight stay in one of the beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms, some of which overlook the courtyard.