The Trout Inn at Tadpole Bridge
THE TROUT INN at Tadpole Bridge
The Trout Inn at Tadpole Bridge.
THE TROUT INN at Tadpole Bridge
1868: Edward Cassey and Co.'s history, gazetteer and directory of Berkshire and Oxfordshire -
At Tadpole, on the banks of the Isis, is a good Inn, kept by Mr Rose ...
Rose, Joseph, innkeeper and fisherman, Trout Inn, Tadpole
1909: The Stripling Thames, Fred Thacker -
There is a homely little inn here, the Trout. I can recommend the cider they sell you, and my friends have praised the ale ... but I shall never call for claret cup again, however tired I may be of the local brews; not at Tadpole Bridge!
1920: Fred Thacker -
"Herring" is a local folk surname; and at one time over the entrance was
"The Trout, kept by A Herring"
1956: Robert Gibbings Till I End My Song -
When the thwart of a boat has lost its resilience and ones stern needs a change of fellowship, it is pleasant to throw anchor ashore and drop in to one of the smaller resorts that occupy strategic points by roadside and river. There are many Trouts beside the Thames, but none with softer seats than in the bar of that small inn by Tadpole Bridge.
2008: From a review -
The Trout Inn at Tadpole Bridge. I don't know why, but visions of a quaint, doily-draped,
froggily-themed hostelry that had seen better days flashed across my mind as I hurriedly booked the rooms.
Somewhere near Farringdon was about the sum of my knowledge. We weren't even aware which river flowed under Tadpole Bridge and, finding that its humped span was as diminutive as its name, were surprised to learn that it was the Thames.
We had much more to discover about the spot in which we found ourselves. It's here that the infant Thames is at its most peaceful, slipping past miles of understated countryside, rich in wildlife. Downstream from Tadpole Bridge are the wildflower meadows and wading birds of the Chimney Nature Reserve; across the fields is Bampton, one of the oldest and prettiest villages in the county. William Morris's Kelmscott Manor lies farther along the river, while Blenheim Palace and Cotswold Water Park are within easy reach. I couldn't think of a better base for weekend away.
Many customers arrive by boat, whether for a pint of real ale or a night ashore. The Trout's spacious garden runs down to the water, where there are moorings for patrons. Boats can also be hired for the day at nearby Radcot, or you can take the Trout's motorised punt (£40) and a champagne picnic.
I had a delicious meal there in 2012, paid for by a generous fellow punter. It was perfectly cooked and is wholeheartedly recommended. The prices are rather above the usual pub grub ...
The Trout, an unusual, historic Inn, a Free House with just six bedrooms,
the Trout is a destination in its own right, with riverside walks and berthing for up to six boats
a real escape from it all location.
Its handy for the nearby Vale of the White Horse and Cotswold gems such as William Morriss Kelmscott Manor.
Features such as log fires, superior bedrooms, cask ales and careful use of the best local ingredients have won The Trout at Tadpole Bridge a listing in the 2007 Michelin Pubs Guide, The Good Food Guide, the Good Pub Guide, AA Pub Guide and Alistair Sawdays Special Places to Stay.