The Horse and Groom Inn

4.5
178 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The Horse and Groom Inn aims to provide great food and drink in a quintessential, traditional 16th century country inn. Dining is relaxed and informal in a friendly atmosphere. We stock a wide choice of wines by the glass, cask conditioned ales, lagers and ciders.

Our guests can enjoy dining in our cosy bar or restaurant areas. We welcome well behaved dogs. We also have a comfortable outdoor terrace and garden area with picturesque babbling brook.

We also have a small in-pub coffee shop and delicatessen! Selling the best of local produce, bread, milk and a selection of luxury food and drink items, the shop is open whenever we are. We also provide great coffees, fresh-baked cookies, cakes and pastries.

Our BBQ/ Smokery menu also features our home-smoked meats (Brisket, Ribs etc).

Note: There are two pubs called the Horse and Groom in the area - we are the Horse and Groom Inn at Upper Oddington.

Experiences

  • Christmas Dinner

    £85.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Join us for a festive treat this Christmas! Our menu is available from 1 September 2021 but will include a traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options always available. The pub is beautifully decorated for the festive period and we are sure of a wonderful festive family atmosphere.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 178 People Are Saying
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Betty34
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff were extremely polite and friendly. I felt sorry for them walking up and down to bring everyone their drinks and food. The food and drink was lovely.

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CorinneC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great visit! The ambiance and the food were first class. Nice finishing touches such as blankets and friendly staff. Will definitely return.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for your lovely comments. It is great to be appreciated! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and hope to be welcoming you again soon.

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SW54
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and superb service. Will definitely be going back again.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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AmieR
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff, great atmosphere! Lovely food & service ! Very relaxing

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review and comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the food, atmosphere and were able to relax with us. We look forwards to welcoming you back hopefully sometime soon.

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JimA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty terrace, very pleasant in the sunshine. Food was well cooked and delicious - menu adapted for restrictions of eating outdoors works fine. Service was friendly and attentive.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It is great to know you enjoyed your recent visit to us. We hope to be seeing you again sometime soon.

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RichardT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for lunch on the patio 2 days running and it was lovely with really friendly staff that could not do enough.
Hopefully see you again soon.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded on 5 May 2021

Thank you for your lovely review. it was a real pleasure welcoming you to the pub over the past few days. Our team are delighted that you have enjoyed your time with us. We all hope to be welcoming you back soon.

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nicko
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for lunch, the food was delicious. Service very attentive but low key. Have recommended to friends already. Will visit again.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded on 5 May 2021

Thank you so much for your comments. We are all so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to be welcoming you back again sometime soon.

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JohnW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

We expected to be sitting at the back of the pub outside but found out on arrival that we were positioned at the bottom of the car park on a bench, which was cold and not suitable for having a meal on. We asked to be sat elsewhere and the host found a table at the front of the pub.

I ordered the smoked brisket of beef which was dry and inedible and had to be returned and replaced with a rib eye steak which was an improvement.

We have had better meals at this establishment.

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AnnabelD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Lovely ambience.. fresh flowers on tables.. v good service

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Perhaps it was covid, perhaps not. We visited after reading good reviews but unfortunately it did not work out. We had booked a late lunch at 5pm; and were given the choice of terrace or garden. I picked garden, which turned out to be a few benches randomly placed at the back of the pub, very windy even on a sunny day and no heating. I know that covid means we eat outside, but I would have expected the pub to try to make you comfortable or simply take bookings only for the terrace that was sunny and protected. The food was very disappointing. The beef brisket was very dry and too spiced, and the salad drenched in dressing. The rest was basic pub grab. The staff was friendly and quick but something has clearly gone wrong in the kitchen.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded on 25 April 2021

We have no control over the requirement for outdoor only dining, or the weather. Heating a big outdoor space such as ours is impractical and expensive. This would be reflected in higher prices. We advise guests to check the weather before leaving and to wrap up warm. Blankets are also available for those who need them. I am sorry the brisket and salad were not to your taste and wish you had told us at the time, as we always aim to put things right when given the chance. A miserable review!

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CharlotteT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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vipPimlico87
London
44 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Despite having booked a table we were told that they were full on the main terrace so we would have to sit on one of the benches in what looked like a field on the other side of the car park. Could it be that they are not dog friendly? The food was OK and on the plus side it was a lovely sunny day.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded on 25 April 2021

Thank you for your review. We are a dog friendly pub, owning a dog, Beaker, ourselves who is often seen running about during quieter times. We are restricted to outdoor only at the moment and need to operate both the terrace and the garden area by the stream (not a field) in order for the business to be viable. Bookings are allocated to terrace first and then to the garden area. Often guests request the garden in preference to the terrace or vice versa and we do our best when we can.

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MarionG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous location. Interesting menu and excellent service. Would definitely recommend.

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ians
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely sunny day and we sat outside. There were spring flowers on the tables and we were made to feel welcome. Everything was well organised. We all had the minute steak and chips with salad: very nice too.

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PippaD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely garden to enjoy a meal or drink. Relaxed easy feel despite adhering to the strict covid rules.
Food was lovely and a decent selection of ales. Friendly and effective waiting staff.

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ExpatPA
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, delicious food & great drinks! Will definitely be returning!

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LauraH
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great setting, excellent service and quality food

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Chris
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was good. Lovely location. Very difficult to get attention of staff, so service was slow and frustrating.

No facilities for disabled / baby changing, with no resolution to assist.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded on 22 April 2021

Sorry you found it hard to attract staff. We are all doing our best in difficult circumstances to manage our outdoor space. At busy times this might mean guests have to be more patient with us than usual. Unfortunately indoor access is limited to our restrooms currently which are not accessible (costs to make them accessible are simply prohibitive). The space we have available for baby changing is out of service in a closed area of the pub due to current regulations, available from 17 May.

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MathieuP
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super nice spot, with great outdoor space. Excellent pub food, highly recommend.
Blankets available for cold nights, till indoor dining becomes possible again.

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Great to have them back

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BorisJohnson
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Shame that we couldn't sit inside. It was very cold!

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luv2dine
Gloucestershire
22 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic evening outside in the new external bar at the back of the Horse and Groom (as seen on TV!)

Food was excellent, we had the grilled prawns starter followed by the steak burger and then my wife opted for the sticky toffee pudding.

Thank you once again Warren and Norman. The blankets are an excellent idea.

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Muesli
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

so nice to be back out, even if in the (chilly) garden.

Service was friendly and helpful and food was good.

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PartyWithDogs
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

12.5% service charge was a little high but the overall Horse and Groom experience was good, especially given the efforts you have made with the outside facilities. As ever the gentleman in charge sets good standards and is maintaining them despite the difficult times of late.

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ukcowgirl
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food and the service, as well as the garden with a stream running through it, are all excellent. a beautiful pub with lovely food and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outdoor dining was mandatory, because of the pandemic - and the staff made us welcome and comfortable in reducing temperatures. Blankets were available!

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Sophie
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmospheric local pub, delicious food, lovely wait staff.

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EmilyA
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my five year old daughter out for lunch at the Horse and Groom, despite the slightly strange make up of our party of two we were made to feel very welcome and the food was really lovely. Children's menu is top class.

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RachealK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, lovely food and fabulous friendly staff. We will definitely come back.

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Neighbours
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unfortunately they dismissed our valid feedback about the main course, made us feel extremely uncomfortable and didn’t have the curtesy to apologise...

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded on 15 December 2020

How you conducted yourself on Saturday was shocking. There was nothing wrong with the main course, it was perfectly cooked but just not apparently to your taste. You abused the chef when he came to assist you and refused all his attempts to provide alternatives. You were aggressive and swore loudly at your server when leaving. We did everything we could to try to help you but nothing seemed good enough. Because of this, you now have a lifetime ban for the Horse & Groom!

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PaulF
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great gastro pub food.
Very obliging staff and nice ambience.
Prices a little bit higher than I’m used to, but normal I guess for the Cotswolds.
Had a lovely 3 hour Saturday lunch here. Very Christmassy too.

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Stuart
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely people and absolutely delicious food. A real treat.

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Rossi73
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

10/10 as always, great food and great service as always.
Even during these difficult times they are doing everything they can.

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StephenW
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We haven’t been to the Horse and Groom for over 5 years due to poor service and food but the new owners have definitely improved the offering although a touch pricey ! We will be back !

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming, great service. Possibly one of the best Sunday Lunches in area. Lovely pub - will be back, again and again and again.

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JaneM
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, efficient and super friendly service. Great adherence to Covid-19 precautions & a lovely atmosphere overall. Thank you!

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CarolineS
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We received a very warm and friendly welcome on both nights that we visited while staying in the village. The food was delicious, the place tastefully decorated for Christmas and the staff were very friendly and ready to chat. It has the added bonus of a deli type shop which was handy for bread, cheese, olives etc. Would highly recommend.

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LadyLovesClothes
Bath
7 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Disappointed that looked at menu day before we went to check liked food for it to have changed the day we went, so not a lot of things either of us would have chosen. Then waited for quite a considerable time for food. Was ok but wouldn’t return.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded on 18 December 2020

We keep our menu under daily review as we only ever use fresh ingredients and whatever is available to us on the day. The menu on our website can only ever be a sample menu, as it is not possible for us to change this every day. We try to keep it representative of our menu and update it when we make major changes. I'm sorry that your particular favourites were not available to you on the date of your visit. I'm sorry you had a wait for your food, and I have raised this with our kitchen team.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

One hour wait for food. Ordered the 18 hour brisket and thought they were cooking it from scratch. It was lovely once it arrived but far too long to wait and no real apology.

The Horse and Groom Inn
Responded on 18 December 2020

I am so sorry you had such a wait for your food. I have raised this with the kitchen team and with our front of house staff as you should have at least received an explanation and an apology for any delays. I am pleased to say that long waits such as yours are thankfully rare. I am pleased, however, that you enjoyed your meal when it arrived. I hope you will join us on another occasion and that we are better able to meet your expectations over service times.

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luv2dine
Gloucestershire
22 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent local pub with great food. The wine list is good as well.

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The Horse and Groom Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 178 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.