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The Mole & Chicken
The Mole & Chicken

The Mole & Chicken Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themoleandchicken.co.uk/
  • Phone: 0184 420 8387
  • Hours of Operation: Mon: 12:00pm - 9:00pm Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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A word from The Mole & Chicken
The Mole and Chicken is a picturesque, ivy-covered country pub and restaurant in Easington near Long Crendon that is renowned for its Sunday roasts and superb views of the surrounding Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. The country-cottage-chic interior is all chocolate brown and tan leather seats, whitewashed walls and designer fabrics, and the kitchen at The Mole and Chicken uses seasonal ingredients to create their moreish Mediterranean/British menu. We highly recommend the BBQ belly pork ribs; chilli fried baby squid with garlic, lemon and olive oil; and the devilled kidneys on toast. Enjoyed yourself so much that you don't want to leave? You don't have to, just book one of the five boutique bedrooms located next door! Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I had a very enjoyable evening with an old school friend catching up. the food was fantastic, slightly more expensive for a pub meal than I am used to. the portion sizes were perfect and we just managed to fit in three courses. The service between courses was very quick, with minutes between starters and main course. we booked on top table for 7.30 but were phoned to ask if 7pm would be ok as there was no availability for 7.30. with this in mind we presumed they wanted the table back, which was why we were surprised to find ourselves waiting for the bill for 30 mins. we didn't mind, but were not offered coffee or anything else once they took the pudding bowls. I would return for the food and that's the main thing!"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "It's always nice being back in the chicken and mole. I like the ambience, the food, the service. Excellent step over for lunch. Can't wait to be back. "
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "We booked a table for a party of 7 just before Christmas. Food is good although I was expecting a bit more of my Christmas beef rib main. The service was excessively slow and the restaurant was not even half full. We left after the main since our toddler had enough and we didn't order our dessert which was part of the menu. The staff didn't mentioned anything and was quite happy to charge us full price plus the service charge for parties of 6 or more. Sorry Mole and Chicken but we won't return again."
    dined on 23/12/2013
  • "We had a special family meal for 8 and we weren't disappointed. The decor was nice. What looks like a run of the mill pub but with very lovely food indeed. I didn't pay the bill but i don't suppose it was cheap but i wouldn't expect it to be for what we got!"
    dined on 17/10/2013
  • "We went to the Mole & Chicken for our anniversary and it was our first time there. We had been recommended it as an informal restaurant with good food and service. The place is under staffed. We waited 40 minutes between our starter and main course and for the entire time our starter plates were left on the table. We had to catch the waitresses eye for drinks (which wasnt easy as they were rushed of their feet). We wouldnt have minded so much if it was packed to capacity, but it wasnt. The icing on the cake was that when the bill arrived with a comment card it had already been filled out as EXCELLENT! The food was OK, my steak was cooked well, other half's over done and leathery. The service was so poor we wouldnt return or recommend."
    dined on 20/09/2013
  • "Food and service were fine. Only minor point was that I had chosen my meal on line before going only to find that the menu was different."
    dined on 19/09/2013
  • "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch.We would certainly return in the future as the food was excellent and the staff very efficient and friendly.We had our grandson with us ,aged 1 and he seemed to enjoy the food ,staff attention etc as well."
    dined on 19/08/2013
  • "We dined at The Mole & Chicken on several occasions some years ago when it was run by New Zealand staff and it was excellent. Reports that it had gone downhill put us off further dinner dates! However, recently we were advised to give it another go and we were far from dissapointed. Congratulations to all who have brought the dining experience in this establishment back up to near top notch. We'll certainly be returning."
    dined on 14/08/2013
  • "Although a nice setting very very expensive for what you get, unlikely to go there again due to this"
    dined on 04/08/2013
  • "Light crispy fried squid and aioli - nice smaller portion as a starter and very well seasoned - not bland Lean grouse and fresh veg - good mix of veg vs meat Warm and delicious hot chocolate fondant, good portion size as it's rich!"
    dined on 21/06/2013
  • "The Mole and Chicken is very beautifully set, and rightly proud of its rank in The Times as the nation’s 3rd best. However, such high accolades are a lot to live up to. Only a couple of ales and no cider on tap, and a delay in being seated weren’t a perfect start; however, sizeable starters were enjoyable, though the devilled kidneys lacked any piquancy at all which was a shame. It was a Sunday menu, so predominantly roasts on offer – we had one pork, one beef, both of which were good without jumping out as much more than good pub fare. We had a nice glass of house red to accompany, and overall a pleasant evening – though nothing we couldn’t have got in the village pubs where we live, at a more reasonable price."
    dined on 16/06/2013
  • "Selection limited, food good quality, service very slow"
    dined on 14/06/2013
  • "We were really pleased with our evening meal with friends. The atmosphere was really good and although the Mole and Chicken was busy we felt as though we were in a place of our own. Good food, good company, good service what more could you ask for!"
    dined on 13/06/2013
  • "Booked online via top table mentioning I am a wheelchair user. Arrived at restaurant to find I had been reserved the perfect table with plenty of room to negotiate my chair into. I've been to many pubs/restaurants that are accessible but very few actually have a disabled loo like the Mole & Chicken's. Food was also top notch and planned to come back again and take advantage of the great views from the rear deck."
    dined on 31/05/2013
  • "Not a massive amount of variety on offer here, but what was delivered was of high quality. Pork belly main was delicious, but lacking enough jus (more was provided upon request) and so was the steak, cooked exactly to specification and offered with a delicious peppercorn sauce. Wine list was adequate, but not extensive. Highlight for me was the sticky toffee pudding!"
    dined on 17/05/2013
  • "Excellent food & service. Made a special evening extra special. Will go again soon."
    dined on 14/05/2013
  • "excellent and attentive service. The food was enjoyed by all. No adverse comment from us or our guests. The fish and chips plate left oil on the place matt despite having some paper put under the fish."
    dined on 30/04/2013
  • "Rather off the beaten track, the oddly named Mole and Chicken serves delicious food at a snail's pace - the price of freshly prepared food. There wouldn't be much point in popping in for a quick bite here. The food is worth waiting for, if pricey, though the bar menu offers good value for money. Wasn't too keen on our table - right by the toilets. It wasn't conducive to enjoying the food."
    dined on 06/04/2013
  • "Hi, I went to the Mole and Chicken with my wife for our fifth Wedding Anniversary. On arrival we were upgraded to a table next to the window with a view. We found the overall experience fantastic and very good value for money. The standard of the food was extremely high. My seafood curry was amazing as was my wife's Guinea Fowl. Starters were excellent too. Deserts were very high quality. The views from the restaurant were outstanding. Overall an excellent find and I would definitely recommend it again."
    dined on 06/04/2013
  • "The Mole and Chicken is a very pleasant restaurant, and It's difficult to fault the food here, however the service lets the place down. It's not bad as such, just incredibly pushy! From the moment we walked through the door we were being pushed along. When I'm paying as much as this, and the price is closer to what I'd expect in central London than rural Oxfordshire, I don't expect to be hurried along. If they're going to try to turn their tables over twice each evening, they shouldn't accept 8pm bookings."
    dined on 29/03/2013
  • "Really lovely menu and food throughout, lovely staff and service, just a bit slow (which is why it doesn't quite get 5*). Don't let this put you off though, do go, seriously, really do go, it has great views, must be great in the summer. It is very unusual in my experience for everyone to get a (different) great starter, a great main and a great desert. Just make sure you have time for a leisurely meal and take something for the kids to do while they wait. It is a good place to while away the afternoon without kids to be honest (though their kids meals are very good). We'll be back I'm sure."
    dined on 23/03/2013
  • "I arranged for 2 of my clients to stay at the Mole and Chicken, specifically as I knew the restaurant was so good from previous visits. The whole standard of accommodation combined with an excellent restaurant ensured a very successful meeting"
    dined on 05/03/2013
  • "Had a lovely evening with really good food. It was the 2nd time I have been there, but the first in the evening. But I have not been disappointed when I went I went in the afternoon last November. I will go back for more as I do like my food. It is a very nice pub."
    dined on 06/02/2013
  • "The menu has a good selection and the food is well prepared. I had devilled kidneys and Thai prawn curry - both well presented and tasty Sadly on Sunday evening the restaurant only had 3 tables booked and it was very quiet - normally this place is really buzzing. Would recommend"
    dined on 06/01/2013
  • "We celebrated my Birthday at the Mole & Chicken and both enjoyed excellent meals. I had crab cake followed by tiger prawn Thai curry and my Husband had the pre-Christmas menu. The food was very tasty and well-presented. The pub is very cosy with a roaring log fire and there was a large Christmas party there on the night, so the atmosphere was lively. We will definitely go there again."
    dined on 13/12/2012
  • "Everything you'd want from a country pub.... Low beams, bags of character, roaring fires, atmospheric lighting and wonderful food. I will most certainly be back."
    dined on 06/12/2012
  • "We ate on a Monday evening, so it was quiet, but still the food was excellent and service very friendly, in particular the girl that took our order and looked after most of our needs."
    dined on 02/12/2012
  • "A second visit has confirmed the excellent value of the table d'hote meal available weekdays with several choices per course. In my case sprats imaginatively presented as a starter were followed by pork belly in herbs and a very good apple pie. Good Hook Norton or a variety of reasonable wines by the glass are available and a decent coffee - well worth winkling the Mole out...."
    dined on 30/11/2012
  • "This is an excellent venue for lunch (and no doubt dinner as well). The choice was good and catered equally well for those who wanted a meal or a snack. There was a good variety of food and the service was attentive."
    dined on 14/11/2012
  • "A great find. Good food, choice and service. Pleasant relaxed setting,comfortable table settings. Friendly and efficient service."
    dined on 02/11/2012
  • "Had a very enjoyable meal at this restaurant. The food was really good and the staff were friendly and efficient. The ambience was pleasant and relaxing and although we didn't dine outside , the countryside views outside must make outdoor dining in the summer a real treat. Recommended."
    dined on 31/10/2012
  • "We had a perfect time celebrating my husbands birthday which made up for our taxi not turning up. The manageress went to so much trouble to make up for this and make it the perfect celebration. The food was cooked to perfection, served with style and in an unobtrusive manner, we couldn't have wanted for more. Everything was gauged just right and we would certainly return again and recommend to friends."
    dined on 23/10/2012
  • "Decided on the day to have an evening out for dinner. The Mole and Chicken is off the beaten track but well worth a visit. The food was excellent, presented well, with good, polite and subtle service. Value for money was good with an excellent set menu. Not had Liver, Kidneys and Bacon for a long, long time. Perfectly cooked."
    dined on 25/09/2012
  • "My friend and I had supper last Friday night at the Mole and Chicken, and whilst it was perfectly fine, it was unremarkable sadly. I couldn't say what the issue was, and maybe it is just that I've been lucky enough to eat in some very fine places, but it was just unremarkable. There was nothing wrong with the food or the service, and the décor is fine, but it is still really just a pub trying to be a restaurant."
    dined on 31/08/2012
  • "3 of us enjoyed a delightful lunch in the sun. We were very well looked after and the food was excellent; perfect for a relaxed summer's afternoon. The views are picturesque and the outdoor landscaping is most attractive. Thoroughly recommended for both lunch and dinner, inside or out."
    dined on 18/08/2012
  • "Food was very good, but waiting 30 mins for a pudding took away a good experience! i would recommend, I'm sure it was just one of those night as very busy."
    dined on 16/08/2012
  • "The old pub-restaurant is situated in a hamlet overlooking a steep valley with terraced dining area leading from the new west facing dining area. It is well furnished and surrounded by interesting shrubs. The views of ancient farm buildings and grazing landscape are an artist's paradise and I long to go back and record it. The premises are very old with low ceilings, flagged floors and a mix of old furniture and decorations. The service was friendly and the atmosphere relaxed. We took guests who were celebrating their silver wedding anniversary and this was acknowledged by the management. The menu was excellent and we recommend the simple lamb chop dish for flavour. The starters, puddings and wine were also interesting. Great eating!"
    dined on 17/07/2012
  • "I love this pub, and once again wasn't disppointed - the Chateaubriand was delicious"
    dined on 01/06/2012
  • "I found the £12.95 2 course set menu had good choices. Mine of crab cakes starter and pork belly in spicy sauce with vegetables was excellent.The area nearby is a photographers heaven if Red Kites are your subject choice. So finishing off with a good meal in a comfortable gastro pub can't be bad."
    dined on 30/05/2012
  • "We really enjoyed our meal at the Mole & Chicken. Good food, well presented with helpful staff."
    dined on 21/12/2011