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Pear Tree Inn, Banbury

Scotland End
Hook Norton
Postal town: Banbury
OX15 5NU
Phone: 01608737482

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Soup Dragon left this review about Pear Tree Inn

The epitome of a country pub, with food, accommodation, patio and rear garden. The interior is still as described by Aqualung. The service was friendly and there were just a couple of others in at my brief visit. Sadly, as the MILD was off and so i chose the Sundial (seasonal brew) which was more than fine but, as stated below, it wasn't cheap. A pleasant place.

On 7th June 2018 - no rating submitted
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Aqualung . left this review about Pear Tree Inn

This is set on the Western edge of Hook Norton village and is the closest pub to the brewery. I've been here a couple of times before but not for over 30 years. It consists of a small wide single room which looks like it was once two bars as there is a flagged stone floor on the left and a wooden floor on the right. The room has a low ceiling, beams and hanging hops. There is a substantial proper garden at the rear. It's fairly food orientated but not overwhelmingly so. On my Saturday afternoon visit it was dominated by a blue rinse brigade contingent who were dining and talking about politics (at least it wasn't football). A party of bores from the British Guild of Beer Writers would have been the nightmare scenario.
The bar here has six hand pumps which had just Hook Norton beers from the nearby brewery. I tried the Hooky Mild (£3.50), Harvest Hop (£3.60) and Hooky Gold (£3.80). All three were in excellent condition.
The high prices here are only alleviated slightly by the 10p CAMRA discount. These are low ABV beers, 2.8%, 3.5% and 4.1% respectively. The price of the mild is completely out of order as the brewery get a substantial duty discount on a beer that weak.
Since my last visit to Hook Norton their core beers have been overtaken by many of the better new microbreweries so a Hook Norton tied house doesn't have the same appeal as then. That and the high prices meant I found this to be no more than a decent village pub.

On 5th September 2016 - rating: 8
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Ian Mapp left this review about Pear Tree Inn

A must visit. There's a reason its in Camra's 101 Beer Days out!

The original brewhouse for the Hook Norton Range - before it moved to the purpose built brewery just up the lane. Both should be checked out.

6 of the Hook Norton range on - and a cocktail menu suggesting how they can be combined for more options.

Perfect country inn.

Some photos at my walking blog -

On 6th December 2015 - rating: 10
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Peter Jillings left this review about Pear Tree Inn

This pub is a gem, considered by many to be the brewery tap for the Hook Norton Brewery which is just down the lane. Supplying the full range of Hook Norton cask ales, including seasonal ales which are currently available at the time.

On 23rd February 2014 - rating: 9
[User has posted 59 recommendations about 54 pubs]