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The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire
This 18th-century pub is a fantastic little bolthole on the edge of the North Wessex Downs. The handsome red-brick building sits right in the middle of Letcombe Regis, a pretty village just outside Wantage, and offers a peaceful retreat for keen walkers or families seeking a break from the everyday. Rooms have a homely feel, while dinner is beautifully prepared. At weekends, locals pile in for Friday night dinners and drinks with neighbours, while during the week there's a calmer, more intimate vibe. Dogs and kids are welcome, and there are plenty of family rooms, though there's no access for wheelchair users and no step-free access to rooms for pushchairs.
It's just a short drive to Uffington White Horse and Wayland's Smithy, two ancient sites with a fascinating history.
By car: around 1 hour 15 minutes from Bristol, 1 hour 50 minutes from London and 3 hours 40 minutes from Manchester. Free parking on site.
By train: there are direct trains to Didcot Parkway from London Paddington (1 hour 20 minutes). The hotel is a 20 minute drive from the train station. trainline.com
Style & Character
This pub with rooms is perfect for couples on a walking weekend, or for families who need a little extra space. We love the large, terraced lawn out the back for sunny Sunday roasts or al fresco breakfasts.
Service & Facilities
The personal service on arrival was fantastic - check in at the bar, then the staff will take you to your room and show you around. Dogs - especially greyhounds, of course - are very welcome and there are treats behind the bar. Bowls, towels and poo bags are provided.
- Free parking on site
- Free Wi-Fi
The Lambourn is great for families with its second bedroom and over-bath shower. A highlight is the Oxford Suite's regal décor, original beams and blue roll-top tub (though beware there's no shower option in this room).
Segsbury, Ridgeway, Childrey, Uffington, Bassett, Lambourn, Oxford, Wantage
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Bramley toiletries, handmade pocket sprung matresses, Roberts DAB/FM radio, homemade biscuits, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
Breakfast is cooked to order; don't miss the spicy, sniffle-inducing shakshuka served with sourdough. The roasted duck breast is cooked to perfection and the crispy kale is a perfect texture pairing.
Restaurant: locally-sourced ingredients, refined gastro-pub fare. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £16.