WHAT TO DO
MIDSOMER MURDER TRAIL
Fancy indulging your inner geek? What better way than taking a self-drive tour through Oxfordshire to see the real life locations used in Midsomer murders. Not only do you get an insight into the making of the show, you come away having explored some of our most picturesque countryside.
WHERE TO STAY
LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS
Church Rd, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD
A stunning country house surrounded by lawns, orchards and the most impressive Kitchen Garden – it’s got a mushroom valley! And if you’re prepared to spend the cost of an average weekend away on a single meal, why not book in for dinner? The meal will be as memorable as any mini break, after all.
WHERE TO EAT
29-30 High St, Thame, OX9 2AA
The 16th century Thatch is a quintessentially British pub. Fine wines. Tick. Great ales. Tick. And the food is really good (they consistently feature in the Observer Food Monthly Awards) making this a bit of a find. More to the point, this is a local pub that appeals to visitors and regulars alike.
WHERE TO DRINK
JACK & ALICE
14 Butter Market, Thame, OX9 3EP
The Jack and Alice in question are the founders’ grandparents and the relaxed, nostalgic feel of the place is in homage to them. Winner of the Independent Casual Dining Restaurant Award (does everywhere in Thame have an award?). Drop in for coffee. Pop back for a glass of vino. Stay for dinner.
WHAT NOT TO MISS
4 Cornmarket, Thame, OX9 3DX
The heart wants what the heart wants. And sometimes it wants a pie. Head straight to The Birdcage. The place was built around 1300 and was used to house French prisoners during the Napoleonic wars. So whilst you’re tucking into your award-winning (of course) Pieminister pie with a half of something refreshing, you can still feel you’re ticking off an important historical landmark.