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The Ballroom. Elegant serving terrific food. - The Old Crown Coaching Inn, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

The Old Crown Coaching Inn

4.6
4.6
164 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Samuel Squires, our award winning Head Chef at The Old Crown Coaching Inn, has devised a range of menus for the hotel where you can enjoy three different types of cuisines and atmospheres in our restaurant, wine bar & public bar area.

To the rear of the hotel, you will find our 80 seater restaurant. Where you can enjoy terrific food carefully crafted with an innovative twist on fine dining.

Our Wine & Cocktail bar at the heart of The Crown offers a range of fine wines, cocktails and sharing platters, such as our charcuterie boards.

Finally, our main bar offers a more relaxed experience where you can enjoy a delicious meal off our pub menu.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Contemporary French, Contemporary British
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Wed–Sat 06:00–08:45 Sun 12:00–15:00
  • Phone number
    01367 242744
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Samuel Squires
  • Catering
    Fine-dining menu
  • Private party facilities
    Tasting menus, weddings, receptions and parties.
  • Area
    Faringdon
  • Cross Street
    London Street
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    There are regular buses to Faringdon. The main bus route is the S6 which stops right outside the hotel and goes on late into the evening.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 164 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for fine wines

164 Reviews
  1. CarolineB

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We very much enjoyed our experience at The Old Crown Coaching Inn...the food is very good. We did feel it was a little too expensive though.

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  2. DeniseF

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thursday Supper Club menu is delicious. I would not have selected any of the courses on the menu but I have never been disappointed with the servings. Flavours are incredible and well put together. Thank you to the team for another pleasant evening. See you soon.

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  3. ChristopherB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent, quite busy considering it was a mid week evening.

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  4. Carrot67

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food in a beautiful and historic setting - Chef Sam and his team never disappoint, and last night's themed Nyetimber evening served delicious wines to compliment.

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  5. TonyH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the venue beautifully restored without being overdone. Definitely different.

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  6. StaceyH

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Old Crown Ballroom is a dazzling oasis of elegance. From the moment you step inside, the stunning decor sweeps you off your feet, with its intricate details and timeless charm. The renovation from the unloved building that was before to what is now is nothing less than a work of art. The staff here are nothing short of incredible, each member embodying warmth and professionalism in equal measure. The food? A culinary delight! Every dish is a masterpiece, but the lamb rump and poached rhubarb stand out as true stars on the menu. The lamb is cooked to perfection, tender and bursting with flavor, while the poached rhubarb for dessert was a delightful balance of sweetness and tanginess finishing off the meal perfectly. Beyond worthy of there two rosette status. Special mention must be made of the impeccable service provided by Seb, Martha, Francesca and the rest of the team. Their attentiveness and dedication to ensuring a memorable dining experience truly elevate the evening. The Old Crown Ballroom is not just a restaurant, it's an unforgettable experience. Thank you for an unforgettable evening. What a buzzing place we cannot wait to be back! Stacy & Paul x

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  7. Jedstar

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very quiet when we visited so not much atmosphere. Not sure whether trying to be a pub or restaurant? Smelt a bit of toilets. Good was good and staff were friendly

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  8. AngieS

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Didn’t seem to be a lot of veg and potatoes this time I ended up giving a lot of my food to others as I don’t eat that much. We had 3 small pots of veg between 4 of us. 3 small potatoes on each plate.

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  9. Xxxx

    Bath

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food in a lovely setting served by amazing staff. A lovely evening.

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  10. VanessaB

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly and welcoming service, as we revisited the venue where my mother had her wedding reception in 1960! The food (fish and chips) was also excellent

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal with friendly service and good to see the restaurant busy

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  12. Omninom

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning place, very stylish, suitable for a meal for two or a group celebration. Attentive and friendly staff . Excellent quality, sophisticated food, something a bit special and really competitively priced.

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  13. TimC

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent Valentines Tasting Menu. The staff were great as well.

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  14. Laura

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, beautifully presented. Great service.

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  15. Nick

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An altogether enjoyable evening. This the second visit and I will go again.

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  16. LisaF

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food in a lovely renovated pub/inn that offers fine dining as well as bistro fare. Superb food - I do wish the desserts were bigger!

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  17. FrancesD

    Birmingham

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nicely refurbished old pub , we’d been for a snack lunch in the bar, which we enjoyed, so we thought we’d give Sunday lunch a try as we do like to support local businesses when we can. The restaurant is in the beautiful old ballroom, about half the tables occupied. The high ceiling red room was echoing and I think some quiet background music, and use of tablecloths would deaden the clatter of cutlery/plates and feel more welcoming. The lunch itself was hit and miss. Starters were okay. Portion sizes were good (two or three large slices of meat )and a good selection of vegetables including cauliflower cheese. The vegetables were delicious, as was the gravy. Yorkshires and roasties tasted as though they’d been sitting around for a while. The pork was nice but the beef was very gristly and unchewable. I did point it out to the waitress who offered me another slice but I certainly didn’t want anymore of it. For pudding, banana sponge was fantastic, but the cherry doughnut was rather dry (including the filling). Bill came to £97.00, for two, which included a pint of beer and two very pleasant glasses of wine. The staff were all very amenable and tried their best but seemed lacking in confidence and knowledge of the menu. No offer of deducting the cost of the inedible beef, or even a complimentary coffee in compensation was disappointing. We really wanted to enjoy this venue and the food, and it was good in places. However needs more customer service training and some improvements to aspects of the food to just other visit.

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  18. DavidK

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    A little disappointed, this was our first visit after the refit. The room lacked atmosphere and the table was too wide to hear our guests properly. Waitress was pleasant but communication was not good. Food was good but nothing special.

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  19. Locals

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten here several times now with a different menu each time. The service is excellent, staff attentive but not overly so. The food is sublime, I consider myself an excellent cook, this foods is exceptional. Lovely environment and we wee undisturbed by fellow diners, Thank you once again for a wonderful dining experience.

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  20. J0202

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Saturday night 7.00 and the restaurant was pretty empty so no real atmosphere. Quite a few staff and all friendly. Asked about some of the dishes on the menu and the knowledge was sketchy to say the least. Same about the wine. Ordered and then waited for about 20/25 mins and expected bread and snacks to be bought along as mentioned on the menu. Nothing, so we asked and were told that they were very busy but it was in hand. Main course arrived and half way through eating that the bread and snacks turned up - the waitress apologised but said they were short staffed and the kitchen had forgotten. I would have thought attentive waiting staff would have noticed and solved the problem earlier. Anyway no point having the bread and snacks in the middle of the meal so we declined them. The main course although very tasty and nicely arranged was quite small and the duck was lukewarm - £30, not brilliant value. Desserts were okay. All in all a disappointing experience as we had read great things and had looked forward to trying the place. We mentioned a few of these issues to the waitress when paying the bill. We may have been unlucky but at those prices and the lack of finer details needed when running a high end restaurant we won't be back in a hurry as there are better places locally.

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  21. PaulD

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My partner and I have been multiple times and have never had a bad experience,

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  22. AdrianW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly staff out standing service and food and a very good selection of wine at good prices

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  23. Nick

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent staff and service, very good food. Nice ambience. A little pricey, especially with service not included, which it should be.

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  24. BarryG

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always brilliant and amazing attention to deatil. Fab Irish band

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  25. BruceE

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it, thanks to Sebastian and team for running this so well! I wished the Irish band played a bit faster but that is no fault of the Crown!

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  26. Derbyboy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to eat at The Old Crown and it did not disappoint. An extremely creative set menu as part of the Thursday Supper Club was presented and served flawlessly in a relaxed atmosphere in the Ballroom restaurant. We thought £70 for two people including a bottle of house wine was great value and we will certainly return. Thank you for the very warm welcome.

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  27. BeverleyW

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent menu and freshly cooked food. Nice little surprises in the dishes. Very good service overall.

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  28. StuartH

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a find near the Oxfordshire Gloucestershire Wiltshire border. Really creative food with “more than” surprises at a great price. A January three course lunch for £45

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  29. NemetA

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant food and service. The food was world class and the staff was friendly and welcoming. We have enjoyed our food and would recommend it for everyone,who wants a special dining experience.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not really accessible! Resturant is up a flight of stairs. Bar no ramp disabled toilet also upstairs. Good service and food though.

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  31. SharynR

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for your excellent service and food, creating the perfect family gathering. You were so kind managing our request for a quieter area and all the staff were very friendly and accommodating. Will most definitely return!

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  32. AlecB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a great experience and would recommend. However, the turkey pate starter was rather dull and tasteless and not up to the standards of the rest of the menu. Lots of lovely touches though such as the artisan bread with speciality onion butter etc. Would be nice if there was an option for more meat with the beef - maybe offer double meat for a supplement? And the 'cheese course' contains very little cheese!

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  33. NeilD

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice good and great location. Our third visit and never disappointed.

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  34. IanH

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to take the family Lovely food , great choice.

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  35. Chrissy

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was disappointing , perhaps a sharper knife might have helped with the goose. It was very tough to cut. The prune tart was solid too. So sorry, one friend left her goose. We all had trouble with the tart. The service and setting was excellent

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our first visit, so we really wasn’t sure what to expect. We were seated in the Ballroom, which in hindsight was good, as the central bar area felt a little soulless. There seem to be 3 very distinct areas to the hotel - the ‘old pub’ are at the front, the bright bar area in the middle, and the more genteel ballroom area at the back. 7 of us visited on Sunday. The food was good (roasts) and the service was great too. We will happily go back again.

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  37. NigelW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very polite staff, coats taken, shown to our table, always asked if we were ready to proceed to the next stage. Food very good, ended the evening not feeling bloated!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very impressed with the Sunday lunch. Probably the best I can remember. Lovely atmosphere and great service right from the beginning. Highly recommend if you want something a bit special on a Sunday.

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  39. SP666

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The first time we had been here. Excellent in every way - will definitely be back.

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  40. ColinD

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a lovely little gem of which we don't have many in the area. Really interesting food cooked superbly in nice balanced courses. Great friendly service. Accessibly priced interesting wines. In a lovely environment. Good value too. Visit and visit again :-)

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FAQs

The Old Crown Coaching Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01367 242744.

The Old Crown Coaching Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Old Crown Coaching Inn

25 Market Pl, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7HU

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    London Street
  • Area
    Faringdon
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Wed–Sat 06:00–08:45 Sun 12:00–15:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Contemporary French, Contemporary British
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    There are regular buses to Faringdon. The main bus route is the S6 which stops right outside the hotel and goes on late into the evening.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Samuel Squires
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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