The Pointer Brill – Brill, Buckinghamshire

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Oh, how we love pubs that deliver on every level, yet still manage to feel ‘pubby’. The Pointer is no exception and ticks all the boxes that a seriously good country stay requires: first up, its location is in the type of village that makes Americans swoon – quintessentially British and oh-so pretty; secondly, it has four delightful rooms in a separate cottage across the road from the pub that you can happily retire to (with yummy Bramley products in the bathrooms); thirdly, and crucially, the grub is top notch. Local is a word bandied around ubiquitously now, but here it’s the real deal – even the beer is brewed in the village. Lots of the ingredients come from the pub’s own farm and kitchen garden: farm to fork doesn’t get much better than that. Choose either the three-course farm menu or the short à la carte menu; you’ll be in for a treat either way. In warmer months, a chilled glass of the palest of pale rosé in the garden is unbeatable.

Doubles from £130
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Beautiful traditional village with walks to an old Windmill and brick quarry.


Livestock from Pointer farm and produce from foragers and local small holdings


From Bicester Village


Genuine farm to table cooking in an award-winning pub that retains a real community feeling with our own butchers and Chilton home farm estate.

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