There’s something very appealing about a rural English pub and one that offers good food is a welcome find.
The White House Bar & Restaurant in Bladon, Oxfordshire, is one such find. Located opposite St Martin's Church, which contains the grave of Sir Winston Churchill (there’s a huge portrait of him on the pub’s wall) it’s an impressive building that dates back to the 16th Century.
The new owners took it over early 2014 and have, "Made it our mission to be the best pub in the area serving fantastic locally sourced food."
It has a relaxed, informal atmosphere with historical paintings, painted wood furniture, a lovely log burner and lovely low beams featuring a selection of quotes from Churchill - a nice touch and a good talking point.
Outside there is quite an extensive patio are with garden furniture for al fresco dining in the warmer months although for the hardy few (and there were a hardy few when we visited) there’s an outside heater to help keep the chills away.
The menu ranges from starters, sandwiches and light bites to the more traditional main courses, burgers and stone baked pizza and they also do a Sunday roast lunch for 4 people for £45, which represents very good value.
We chose Chicken Liver Parfait with apple chutney and salad, and Nachos with melted cheese, sour cream, guacamole, jalapenos and salad for starters, followed by Chicken Tikka Makhani curry with basmati rice and poppadoms, and a barbecue pulled pork burger with cheese, chips and onion rings.
The portions were generous and the food tasty and filling, so much so that we sadly only had room to share one dessert between us – a warm fudge brownie.
It was good to see a stack of highchairs in the corner of the pub and several families with children were dining while we were there. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too – always the sign of a good village pub!
The White House is very individual looking; recently refurbished, it’s well fitted out and the décor is very in tune with the surroundings. The staff were pleasant, friendly, and professional and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Blenheim Palace is a stone’s throw away, and the dreaming spires of Oxford less than half an hour’s drive so Bladon is very well-situated. Next time you’re in the area, give The White House a try.
The White House
1 Grove Road, Bladon