Today I went out for a farewell lunch for a colleague ( and friend) who is retiring.
We went to the Castle at Edgehill, a historic site near Banbury.
From their website:
The tower was built in 1742 by Sanderson Miller on the centenary of the battle and is said to mark the spot where King Charles raised the standard before the two sides clashed. The Tower; also known as the Radway or Round Tower was intended to replicate Guy’s Tower at nearby Warwick Castle.
The Tower first became a pub in 1822, when it was sold by a descendant of Sanderson Miller to become a free house. Then in 1922 the Inn was acquired by Hook Norton Brewery.
The pub is built on the summit of Edgehill, some 700ft above sea level, overlooking the plain below which served as the backdrop for the first major battle of The English Civil War. The conflict occurred on Sunday the 23rd of October 1642 between Oliver Cromwell’s parliamentary troops led by the Earl of Essex and King Charles Royalists, led by Prince Rupert and Lord Wilmot.
The two armies of approximately equal size; about 12,000 men, fought from early afternoon until nightfall, with neither side gaining a decisive victory.
There was no fighting today, though. The menu was very inviting and the meal was delicious. I shared the fish board for starter-
smoked Cornish mackerel, salmon caviar, bibury smoked trout, oak smoked salmon, crayfish, taramosalata, Capers, marinated olives, baked breads
Cornish mussels, clams, smoked bacon, spinach, lemon, skinny fries
Autumn raspberry fool, nougat, berry sorbet which was just as good as it sounds!
The dining rooms have fantastic views over the plain, they also have accommodation in the tower!
I would recommend this pub which has recently been refurbished to a very high standard. The food was presented beautifully and good value for money.