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The Quince Tree, Oxfordshire

A destination in its own right

A destination in its own right

Tracey Pollard

Set in the heart of the beautiful Chilterns, The Quince Tree has been the village pub since 17th century. Now it's been developed to become more than the heart of the community, with a food hall, wine bar, cafe and a small conference room, it's a destination in its own right.
The pub like many in the area, sells good seasonal British food, but it's the food hall and cafe which I think sets The Quince Tree apart. The cafe is the venue for many seasonal events with the Autumn programme featuring a collaboration with local producer 'Chiltern Charcuterie' mushroom foraging and Children's pumpkin carving workshop.
I'm not sure when a farm shop becomes a food hall, or if it's just PR speak but the food offer is exceptional, providing everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to seasonal game and meats alongside a selection of homewears from candles to cookbooks. Last week I popped in for a loaf of bread and came out with a selection of cheese, olives, fresh pastries and a wooden chopping board. In future I am only going to take cash - it's safer that way.