The Fat Fox Inn

Watlington, Oxfordshire

The whole place hums with bonhomie, and the food is so good you’ll want to stay. And you can - in peaceful bedrooms in the old barns


9 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


A stone’s throw from the big smoke yet wonderfully rural. Historic Watlington is on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, red kites wheel above beech woods and the Ridgeway runs through. The 17th-century building has been part pub, butchers, bakery and shop in its day but is now an inn to the core. The bronze buddha on the bar gazes serenely over pumps with Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold, the carpeted bar is cosy and simple, there’s an open fire, sofas and an elegant separate dining room with oriental rugs. Consider smoked chicken and foie gras terrine, fig chutney and sourdough toast; fillet of pollock, chick pea, chorizo and sherry stew with saffron aïoli; lemon financier and thyme ice cream – just some of the delights from chef Mark Gambles and quite simply divine. Staff and owner are delightful and the whole place hums along on this team’s super-friendly and engaging manner. Set well behind the bustle in several old barns are a variety of bedrooms – some with signature beds and trappings, all with antiques, beams and small neat bathrooms.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Lunch from £12. Bar meals from £5. Dinner from £27. Sunday lunch, 2-3 courses, £20-£25.


Nightly price
from £75
Singles £65 - £109. Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per night.
5 Doubles
From £75
4 Twins
From £75


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from John Riddell

  • We are situated in the centre of Britain's smallest market town where the Chiltern Hills meet the Thames Valley. We are surrounded by beautiful countryside adorned with dozens foot paths and bridleways. So there is great walking & cycling to explore.
  • The dreaming spires of Oxford are only 12 miles away.
  • Thames side towns; Henley and Marlow are 15 minutes away and well worth a visit.
  • We are surrounded by historical palaces and houses such as Blenheim Palace, Mapledurham House, Greys Court to name but a few.