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The Gate Hangs High

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Whichford Road | Hook Norton, Banbury, England
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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Sun 18:00 - 22:30
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Visited at short notice for lunch after a recommendation while on a tour of the Hook Norton Brewery. Interesting menu and well cooked food. Beware the curry and chilli as a bit on the hot side but very good indeed!

Thank 797skh
Level Contributor
24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Walked in at 2:05, tumble weed rolled through the bar as the locals stopped talking and stared. Are you still serving food we asked. (website said till 3 but thought I would ask) I need to see if the cook still has the kitchen still going was the reply. Yes, we were in luck..she was just about to turn everything... More 

1 Thank Emma S
Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We stayed here for a wedding on Saturday night. As soon as we walked in the staff were extremely welcoming and within minutes we were in our room which was spacious and perfect for what we needed for the night. The food in the morning was lovely and the pub itself is a very night village pub. Would definitely stay... More 

Thank KrisDesmond
Level Contributor
25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We stayed in the caravan & camping field behind the pub for a long weekend. Friendly place, very informal. We ate an evening meal and Sunday lunch, enjoyed both. Mains about £12-14, Sunday roast £12.50. Hook Norton Beers. Could benefit from a bit more effort in keeping things tidy / maintained (e.g. beer garden very untidy, used plates left out... More 

Thank Michael H
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The meal we ate at this restaurant was excellent. The food was clearly home made and well cooked. The service was also excellent. We were well looked after, but not rushed at all, meaning we could linger over drinks even though we had finished our meal. The food was reasonably priced for the quality and I would definitely recommend a... More 

Thank Fairy14051978
London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We visited Hook Norton for a week and ate at this pub twice during our stay. The pork belly was very tasty, as was the crab and the sausages. The staff were attentive and pleasant. The dinning room was slightly dark which was a shame but apart from that the pub is definitely worth a visit.

Thank Claire C
Dunstable, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Went on a Friday evening for a birthday meal for one of our party of 6. 1st impressions were OK; reasonable space round tables but a bit dark. Service was “enthusiastic” with many references by the guests to Fawlty Towers. No real complaints about the menu and food but we had a feeling that the kitchen had overstretched themselves a... More 

Thank RetiredEngineer600
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147 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick bite to eat, reasonable selection of beer all well conditioned. Food selection was fine for a pub, we were a little disappointed with the sandwiches as they used run of the mill ready sliced bread which let the fillings down ,local ham,and belly pork, all served with potato skins and a small salad.they were a... More 

Thank john-suffolk2
Banbury, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

We had a reasonable Sunday lunch with friends. The ambiance is OK but nothing special. The food again is OK with veg etc already plated at service and delivered to the table. The beef was reasonable ,but the pork was nothing special. The deserts, Sticky toffee, Cheese and biscuits also a portion of ice cream for one of our party... More 

1 Thank John W
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

Food is good, menu ok, but the restaurant lacks just a little ambiance. People stand out the front smoking and you have to walk through them to enter or leave the pub & restaurant (the chef stands there too!) it's very dark walking to & from the car park which is not great either as lots of puddles and uneven... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Whichford Road | Hook Norton, Banbury, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Banbury
  • Phone Number: 01608-73-73-87

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?