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The Ox Barn, Lechlade, Gloucestershire

The Ox Barn

4.4
4.4
540 Reviews
£41 and over
British
The Ox Barn is a 56-seater destination restaurant under the direction of Head Chef, Charlie Hibbert. Rooted in a passion for the local land, food and entertaining, the carefully curated menus are farm-based and plant-inspired. His team and the gardeners at Thyme work together to select and grow the fruits, vegetables and herbs used to create his Modern British Countryside fare.

The nineteenth century former oxen house is the newest addition to the family of meticulously restored farm buildings. A state-of-the-art piece of agricultural architecture at its conception, Caryn Hibbert worked meticulously to preserve the soaring archways and original Cotswold stone rubble walls, to now house a modern, dining destination - including a contemporary bar and seven and a half metre Charvet open kitchen - to allow for an authentic, heritage-rich dining experience, enabled by today’s best culinary technologies.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01367 850174

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Charlie Hibbert

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve 5 Course Party Dinner

    £225.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Welcome in the New Year with the Ox Barn's signature party. A fabulous 5 course dinner including a glass of English Sparkling with live music to kick off the evening, before the clock strikes twelve and the DJ set is in full swing for you to dance the night away.

What 540 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JK

    JKSR

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd visit, another great experience, lovely place well worth going.
  2. JP

    JuliaP

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Style over substance, which is a huge pity given how beautiful the property and its setting are. Simple tweaks could make this restaurant so so fabulous but the limited menu options; (Specifically side dishes and desserts) Poorly trained waiting staff and price point for our Sunday lunch resulted in a poor overall experience.
  3. RB

    RichardB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food and friendly, efficient service in a spectacular setting.
  4. JD

    JulieD

    London

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    One of our favourite restaurants in that amazing barn. We are regular customers, always been at lunchtime so a dinner with my 80 years old Mother was a treat for her. We ordered bubbly which arrived quickly but then we’re ignored by all the staff, even though we had finished drinks and were trying to re order! I had to get up and ask if someone could take our order after 45 minutes. After that point the service was as expected in such a high class establishment. Food was superb and the night was very enjoyable although very late for us all to be eating.
  5. AW

    AbbeyW

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really high quality meal here. the truffle chicken was outstanding. The staff were so lovely and looked after us for our 1st wedding anniversary. the interiors are beautiful.
  6. AP

    AdamP

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wow! What a location and what a beautiful building. Given that it was so large, with very high ceilings, I thought that it may be a little sterile or impersonal but somehow they have managed to pull off a trick.... it has a very warm atmosphere. The food is perfectly good - not hugely imaginative, but very well executed and the serving size wouldn't disappoint Desperate Dan. Try if you can to go between June and September, the gardens and buildings are exquisite and a coffee taken after lunch in the sunshine ranks as one of life's special pleasures.
  7. PJ

    PJ2349

    London

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, lovely ambience and really great service. Food is of mixed quality, especially for the cost. There were some lovely sparkles (e.g. the salted duck), but some of the meat dishes such as the lamb and steak were nothing beyond good pub food with a couple of little flourishes.
  8. SW

    SaraW

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a luxurious find in the English countryside.
  9. JD

    JulieD

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful location, beautiful countryside, quiet and calm. Excellent service, chef was very helpful for guests which were Vegan and needed Dairy Free. Childrens meals were adequate but could again do with some dairy free options. We were a group of seven, one birthday and sophisticated palettes. Everyone was happy and enjoyed the lunch.
  10. l

    lihda

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food bland. Mains fatty and greasy. Poor presentation. Wine overpriced Management did apologise and deduct mains but would not return.
  11. F

    Finediner

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Ox Barn is a stunning and comfortable location. The lunch menu was full of interesting options and our choices were delicious and beautifully presented. The choices of wine per glass were expensive but the wine was good. Charming and efficient service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive service, food was excellent
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, relaxed atmosphere
  14. RC

    RichardC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Whilst the service was impeccable and the venue was lovely our visit was let down by deceptive pricing and inconsistent food quality. Prices on the menu online were considerably cheaper than the menu we were given on arrival. Almost £10 more for some mains. I understand we’re going through a time of inflation but when there is a significant charge for cancelling a reservation the prices online should be accurate and not misleading. Unfortunately the food didn’t live up to the cost. The portions were small and the starters were underwhelming. The mains were very good (though I wouldn’t say worth their price in the mid £30s considering £6 sides were needed to accompany them). The biggest disappointment was the desserts. £11.50(!) for a pretty bland Almond tart which was clearly burnt on the base. If the prices are going to be so extortionate the quality needs to be up there which sadly wasn’t the case. Again, the service was brilliant and the one highlight of the evening.
  15. TM

    TMIT

    Gloucestershire

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We visit for special occasions generally and in summer just to enjoy a drink in the garden. Last night we took some friends there and hoped that some of the recent reviews were wrong. They were, food was excellent and service very good. We had a very enjoyable evening. Thanks
  16. DS

    DanielS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Lovely place with great food, however, terribly expensive drinks (inflated London prices).
  17. FJ

    ForestJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    This place is lovely and yet it left me feeling a little empty inside! Sadly this was a place that definitely was style over substance.
  18. h

    hanumama

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    beautiful location with gorgeous gardens (although incredibly smelly…freshly fertilised fields nearby?) brilliant decor. attentive and friendly service. sadly, the food and plate presentation was not good enough to merit the cost.
  19. H

    Holibobs

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Don’t waste your Thyme or your Money!!! Lovely surroundings, we were staying in the village and at first we thought we’d stumbled on a hidden gem. Unfortunately the service wasn’t great and the food was very disappointing. Such a shame.
  20. HM

    HonestMB

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Very over priced, service very poor. Quiet Sunday lunch, plenty of staff but not one of them was attentive. Empty plates i front of us for 10 minutes. “Roast chicken” £34 plus 12.5% service for half a supreme, a drumstick and some lettuce. Setting is incredible, deserves more!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Service was fair
  22. NR

    NickR

    Devon

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Arriving was a great experience. Very engaging staff who made us feel welcome and relaxed. Sadly the service at lunch was flat, lacklustre and dis-interested.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and unpretentious. Simple excellent ingredients and wonderful dishes
  24. H

    Hannah

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Beautiful location but service was a little rushed which is out of place with the setting (& cost). It is a destination venue so you want to go and enjoy it. Wait staff also didn’t have much knowledge of the food…when we asked for recommendations we were told the fish were fishy and the figs were fruity. It was also a special occasion (Birthday) which we put on the reservation but no mention or extra care given. Food was beautiful, mains a little on the pricey side particularly given the above - but it will likely bring us back. This review is not meant to taken as negative - I just think this space could be so special with a little fine tuning.
  25. CB

    CherylB

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    It lacked expertise from the staff . A very dull waitress , no sommelier which for the calibre of the place was surprising . Some food or pork lacked flavour
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Worcestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding setting, great food and good service. My only slight criticism relates to the quality of the wine glasses particularly for those drinking fine wines. Would certainly return but probably for lunch next time.
  27. D

    Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely restaurant, pleasant waiting staff and exceptional food. Ambience spoilt by wasps which apparently are a problem at the moment.
  28. AB

    AndyB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very much enjoyed a relaxing lunch . Always a special event
  29. DC

    DianaC

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service. Efficient. Professional. Fab food and wine. Great atmosphere.!
  30. GB

    GinaB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience2
    The corner table we were seated at was virtually touching the next table to the extent we could hear the couple arguing. Which wasn’t great especially as we had booked a night away at Thyme to Include dinner for my husbands Birthday.
  31. LB

    LouB

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The venue is stunning however, the food does not live up to the brand / image that the Thyme has created. Very overpriced for what it is, have had so much better elsewhere. Service could have also been better as it was slow. I also informed them of my husbands birthday and no gesture was made. Extremely disappointed!
  32. SB

    SylviaB

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, wonderful service delightful ambiance. Just a delightful lunch
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful
  34. FK

    FrancescaK

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Lovely setting, beautiful restaurant in the gardens of the hotel. The food was lovely and the drinks were also (although glass of prosecco at £16 seems incredibly steep). Sadly, disappointed by slow service; had to ask for a drinks menu twice, received all our food before the drinks, asked for ice that never came. I would recommend however as hopefully service was just an off day.
  35. CD

    CowDoctor

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and drinks in a fantastic and unique barn. Caters exquisitely for meat and fish eaters, and vegetarians alike, but slightly disappointing there are no vegan options on the menu. A delicious polenta or risotto can be made up, but would be great to see a few plant based dishes front and centre. Caters well for drinkers and non drinkers alike. Fabulous non alcoholic rose, and cocktails to die for!
  36. D

    Debbie

    Naples

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A very nice place but it was very hot and would benefit by having fans installed
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    Straight up the food is delicious. There is unfortunately a however. I let the Barn know that it was my birthday celebration however there was no recognition of this or our dietary requirements. The several was frankly poor. The manager explained that he had no experienced staff which I get but surely in a premium venue you expect them to train even junior substitute staff. Would I recommend it? Well for the food yes but the service was genuinely poor.
  38. ML

    MandyLK

    Staffordshire

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Beautiful setting and lovely food but very small portions for the money, it wouldn't hurt to add a tiny bit more. That said, it's a very expensive place to stay so I guess most of the guests are not watching their pennies! It would just be great for those of us coming for a special treat to feel a bit more indulged. The babaganoush at £6, was four mouthfuls. It was delicious but £1.50 per bite of aubergine on crispbread was very steep.
  39. A

    Anand

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food5service3ambience1
    This property needs to plan better for heatwaves. The current one has been forecast for weeks in advance, and yet we were made to eat inside in an oven-like environment, even though it was perfectly pleasant outside.
  40. CE

    ChristineE

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Beautiful setting, we lunched in the garden on a very hot day but there were lots of parasols. The waiting staff had to be prompted to bring things like cutlery after they had put the food on the table. The food very tasty lived the pork terrine and the plaice delicious. Overall a very beautiful “lunching” experience.

FAQs

The Ox Barn is rated 4.4 stars by 540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Ox Barn

The Ox Barn, Southrop Manor Estate, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3NX

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Located at Thyme on the Southrop Manor Estate

  • Neighborhood

    Lechlade

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Charlie Hibbert

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