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The Swan

Chipping Norton, United Kingdom

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The Premises 

Cosy, rustic and welcoming, idyllic English inn The Swan sits pretty just south of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. The feather in its cap is an open-all-day mod-British restaurant – steps from your bed – where you can start your mornings with hearty egg-based dishes, dip back in for leisurely lunches and while away evenings after long country strolls. The Swan’s no slouch on drinks either – Aperol spritzes and espresso martinis are on tap alongside English lagers and cask ales. We suggest you migrate post-haste to this serene countryside stay.

The Swan

4 Shipton Rd Oxfordshire Chipping Norton, OX76AYUnited Kingdom


Compliments of the House 

A bottle of 100 Acres Apothecary natural hand wash in a pretty gift bag

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates usually include a Continental breakfast of muesli, fresh fruits, cured meats, cheeses, a variety of juices, coffee and tea.


Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a Roberts DAB Radio and 100 Acres bath products.


Bring your boots for afternoon rambles in the countryside, cosy jumpers for cockle-warming evenings in the pub and a novel your English literature teacher would either heartily approve of or be entirely scandalised by.


Welcome. Buggies won’t fit well in the restaurant, but highchairs are available and there’s a child-friendly menu. Cots (free for tots under two) can be added on request. An extra bed for under-12s (£30 a night) can be added to Double Rooms.


There are no wheelchair-accessible rooms in this historic inn.


During this time, instead of the hotel's breakfast buffet there will be a Continental offering pastries, homemade granola or muesli, yoghurts, cereals, fresh fruit and cold and hot drinks, and an à la carte with individually priced dishes will be available.


Holiday not complete without a luxurious soak? Room 6 is tucked away in the eaves and has a freestanding bath tub.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Helmed by chef Adam Abbott – previously of the Wild Rabbit – the Swan dishes out modern British fare. Start with nibbles of soy-and-apple-glazed mackerel or mucky toast sprinkled with Maldon salt, then settle in for mains of whole sea bream with roasted red peppers, garlicky rib-eye steaks or veggie-laden hot-smoked-salmon bowls. Decision fatigue? No bother – the Swan’s sharing plates mean you can try a bit of everything that catches your fancy, from shallot tarts to mutton scrumpets, and chorizo popcorn to truffled-egg toast. For breakfast, choose from duck-egg and smoked-salmon scramble, Cotswold-honey-topped porridge or French toast with smoked bacon and apple syrup. There are also eggs-many-ways, a locally sourced full English option, rich coffees, freshly pressed juices and piping hot teas.

Liquid Bliss 

Like the restaurant, the pub has an eclectic mix of furniture, including high bar tables and snug fireside seats; there’s also alfresco seating, a firepit and a wisteria-covered pergola in the garden. Espresso martinis and Aperol spritzes are served on tap alongside local lagers and cask ales, a heady selection of wines and all manner of cockle-warming whiskies and the like to sip after bracing countryside walks.

Experience the Extraordinary 

With a pub just steps from your bed and rolling acres of English countryside around you, we feel certain you’ll be able to keep yourself entertained (and well-lubricated). Work up a thirst with a scenic stroll or go for a bracing wild dip in the River Windrush; follow the footpath from St Oswald’s Church towards Burford and pick a spot to swim. Have a leisurely afternoon cake break and stock up on organic goodies – including Oxfordshire honey, sticky toffee puddings and boules of beetroot sourdough – at the Daylesford Farmshop & Café near Kingham.


The Swan is in the small Cotswolds village of Ascott-under-Wychwood, just south of Chipping Norton.


Birmingham International airport is an hour away by car; from London Heathrow, it’s an hour and 40 minutes by car.


Great Western Rail services from London (90 minutes from Paddington station), Reading, Oxford and Worcester pull into Charlbury station, a 10-minute drive from the hotel.


It’s handy to have a car for exploring the Cotswolds; there’s free on-site parking at the hotel.


4 Shipton Rd Oxfordshire Chipping Norton, OX76AYUnited Kingdom

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