A visitor's guide to Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:22 28 April 2016
Chipping Norton has kept its charms with old fashioned streets and characteristic muted yellow buildings but also manages to provide excellent leisure and retail
Chipping Norton, known as ‘Chippy’ to the locals, is a town that epitomises the beauty of the Cotswolds with the iconic yellow houses huddled together, and being steeped in history. Whether you want to see the sites such as the Bliss Mill, a testament to the wool trade of the 15th century or the market place that has been in action since the 13th century, we have gathered some of the best places to facilitate your stay in this cosy town.
Rest your head at…
Along a quiet, tree-lined road lies Cotswolds 39 Bed and Breakfast; a cosy and friendly place to rest your head after a day wandering around town. The shabby chic interior provides a luxurious, boutique feeling, leaving you feeling truly spoilt...
The Fox has been providing visitors to Chipping Norton with a bed for the night since the 16th century. Each room has been individually and tastefully decorated whilst still retaining that traditional Cotswold charm and there is delicious food and drink being served in the pub downstairs. The Fox has a fantastic central location perfect for exploring Chippy.
Get your foodie fix at…
Modern British food is enhanced with a Mediterranean twist at Wild Thyme restaurant. With fresh, locally sourced produce featuring highly on the menu and an inviting and sophisticated atmosphere, this is a wonderful restaurant to unwind in.
Whether you’re longing for a hearty breakfast, a lazy lunch or to while away an evening with delicious food and great company, there is something to suit everyone at this relaxed eatery.
If you’re on the go, a takeaway coffee from the Old Mill Coffee House will sate your craving for an energy boost before continuing on your explorations of the town. But if you’ve got time to spend, there is a wide selection of tasty dishes on the menu. From homemade soups and salads, to toasties and baked potatoes and practically endless drinks options, from thick milkshakes to steaming coffees, the whole family will be pleased with the selection.
Local watering holes…
Having served as a local watering hole since the late 1500s, the owners wanted to keep The Chequers as close to the traditional Cotswold pub as possible. With log fires in the winter, and a great selection of cask ales behind the bar, they’ve certainly succeeded and this is a wonderful place to huddle in the corner over a pint and paper.
Expect stripped back Cotswold stone walls, roaring open fires and soft leather arm chairs when you come to Kingham’s Wild Rabbit Inn. So relax with a pint of Hooky whilst you soak up your rustic surroundings.
Calling all real ale lovers! The Blue Boar has been a place that locals and tourists alike have been visiting for many years and it is easy to see why. Inside you’ll find a traditional log burner in the corner, limestone walls and the beloved and charming “Fibbers’ bar” which has provided top notch service since 1683. You might even catch a live band on the weekends whilst you enjoy your pint.
Entertain the family at…
Grab your cossie and goggles and head to Chipping Norton’s lido! With a heated pool, slide and a café for you to sip a cappuccino in whilst the kids are playing, this is a lovely spot for one of those lounging-by-the-pool kind of days.
Immerse yourself in the history of Chipping Norton with this fascinating and large collection of artefacts from the historic Cotswold town.