a hidden gem - do make the effort to find it

The Crooked Billet Stoke Row


The Crooked Billet is a hidden gem of a pub, tucked away deep in the Chiltern Hills in the village of Stoke Row near Henley on Thames in south Oxfordshire, a classic country pub serving fantastic food.

This historic little pub was built in 1642 and was once the hideout of notorious highwayman Dick Turpin, who was romantically attached to the landlord’s daughter Bess. In 1989 the pub was bought by Paul Clerehugh and his cooking was soon being referred to as Gastro Pub grastronomy, christening The Crooked Billet Britain’s first gastro pub. 

Food. There is always a large and varied daily changing menu, specialising in local and British produce.  A blackboard on the front door encourages guests to swap their home grown delicacies for lunch. The pub features in all the main food guides, has been included in Time Outs ‘Best Out of London’ two years running & has been voted ‘Favourite Foodie Pub’ by Waitrose.

Many television programmes, adverts & big screen movies have been filmed at the Crooked Billet such as Patriot GamesJeeves & WoosterLandgirlsMidsummer Murders & numerous food & chef related shows and cookery programmes.

The Crooked Billet is also famous as a quirky live music venue - past gigs have included Micky Moody, George Harrison and Gary Moore to name but a few!

Accommodation is not provided but there are several places to stay nearby.

Open all day every day, 12 until late.

Food orders from 12 – 2:30pm and 6.30pm onwards Monday – Friday.
Cooking all day Saturday and Sunday.
For enquires and reservations please call us on 01491 681048.


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Contact Details

Nottwood Lane
Stoke Row
near Henley on Thames
T: 01491 681048