The George and Dragon pub in Shutford


The pub is located in the picturesque Cotswold village of Shutford, five miles west of Banbury. The stone building dates back to the thirteenth century, and is Grade II listed. The bar is quite unique in that when you order a pint you are actually twelve feet underground - the pub is built into the side of a hill, with the historic St. Martins church sitting above it. Legend has it that the pub is haunted by several ghosts, and is linked to the manor house by a secret tunnel built in smuggling days.

The pub marks the start of the popular ‘Shutford walk’ (PDF Download available from here) and is a favourite rest stop for ramblers exploring the many local footpaths – dogs are welcome in the bar. The beer garden overlooking the village is a perfect spot for an early evening drink in the summer, and in the winter the locals are often to be found playing a game of dominoes by the roaring fire. In the summer the pub has an Aunt Sally team and competes in a local cricket league – visiting players are most welcome!