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Need Suggestions for Dining in Woodstock, England

Old Jan 25th, 2005, 01:13 PM
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Need Suggestions for Dining in Woodstock, England

I am looking for suggestions of places to eat for both lunch and dinner in Woodstock. The location must be walkable as we will not have a car.

For lunch, a sandwich/picnic lunch would be fine.

For dinner, we're looking at a budget of about 30-40 GBP total for 2(no alcohol).

Thanks in advance!

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Old Jan 25th, 2005, 03:51 PM
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We picked up superb sandwiches at a butcher/deli near the White Bear Inn. Don't know if that's the correct name but it is right in town on the left facing towards the Blenheim Palace entrance, opposite the post office on the right. It's next to a shop with exotic teapots in the window.

We ate our picnic in the churchyard at Bladon where Winston Churchill is buried. It's about 3 miles away so may be a little longer than you'd care to walk.
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Thanks jsmith...I will look for that sandwich shop. Sounds tasty.

Does anyone have dinner suggestions?
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We walked into Woodstock from our day of touring Blenheim Palace and had dinner at the 15th century Vickers Hotel (www.oxtowns.co.uk/woodstock/vickers.html. It was very cool - tons of atmosphere. And pretty much everything in Woodstock is in walking distance.
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Here's a better website: www.vickershotel.co.uk
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If you are going to be visiting Blenheim, you might want to eat lunch there. The Palace/grounds takes 3 to 5 hours depending how much time you spend exploring the grounds. So a mid-day meal elsewhere does complicate things.

The Vickers is good - and there are a couple of good pubs in the village
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Absolutely everything in Woodstock is within a 20 yard meander of everywhere else.

The butcher is ace for sandwiches (I strongly recommend his black pudding, warmed up on a roll), but it's pretty unremittingly carnivore: the basic deal is he'll do you a sandwich of what he sells normally. There's now a decent deli, with a bit more non-meat choice of sandwich fillings a shop or two north of the main town centre bus stop on the A44.

The Courtyard Bar at the Feathers Hotel does stylish, but not spectacularly cheap, glorified bar snacks like asparagus risotto. It's a pleasant room, but you can also eat in the very pretty courtyard.

If you want to escape the tourists (for at night, all hotel dining areas have nothing but tourists), walk the couple of hundred yards up to the Black Prince pub in Old Woodstock (really Woodstock, but all those arrivistes in the 17th and 18th centuries pretended the new bits they built where the twee shops now are was the real Woodstock) which is cheerfully chaotic, and has a food range from BBQ to alleged Tex-Mex.

Without a car, BTW, Bladon isn't quite as far away as you might think. It's about a 300 yard walk directly from the palace to Bladon. To get back (because you've now exited the palace) look carefully for the "Public Footpath" sign not quite opposite the church. This is a public right of way back into the palace grounds, which will get you back to Woodstock without the long, dismal, tramp around the palace walls. You might find a few minutes sneak peak at the 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey map in the bookshops or the town's Visitor Centre will help you understand how this trick works.

Bladon is an absolute must. If you've ever seen how dysfunctional dictatorships still treat the corpse of the psychopathic lunatics (like Ho Chi Minh, Lenin or Napoleon) that made them the mess they are, look how we treat - at his request - the burial spot of the greatest man of the 20th century.

Nothing sums England up better.
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