South Oxfordshire is choc-a-bloc with gastro-pubs and restaurants run by celebrity chefs – perhaps it’s the beautiful countryside and rivers, not the locations for Midsomer Murders which attract famous cooks to the area? The rolling hills of the Chilterns have certainly proved a gorgeous setting for Antony Worrall Thompson’s The Greyhound Free House and Grill.
This fine eating establishment is situated in Rotherfield Peppard; the village three miles west of Henley-on-Thames which features in the Midsomer Murders’ episodes Death’s Shadow, King’s Crystal and Blood Wedding.
Worrall Thompson, famous for appearances on TV shows such as Ready, Steady Cook and Food and Drink, describes The Greyhound as his “perfect local” – he lives in Henley-on-Thames.
A cosy bar is located in the centre of The Greyhound – its candle-lit tables and scatter cushions make it the perfect place to while away happy hours while admiring the scenery outside.
But it would be waste to visit without sampling the food in the main dining area – a converted barn with exposed beams which leads to a covered courtyard.
The menu changes according to the seasons with fresh locally-sourced food always featuring heavily – why not try the 6-hour pork belly, the 35-day dry-aged beef steaks or, for starters, parmesan custard with anchovy straws?
But whatever food and drink in South Oxfordshire you try, please try and avoid the faux-pas of referring to The Greyhound as a gastro-pub within earshot of the kitchen. The restaurant’s Head Chef Worrall Thompson recently told The Telegraph: “Gastro Pub? I hate that term.”