The Crown and Thistle, Abingdon-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, review 


THE Crown and Thistle is a luxurious Grade II-listed coaching inn situated in the heart of Oxfordshire. 

Full of atmosphere and charm, The Crown and Thistle is the perfect weekend getaway for couples and families alike. 

 The Crown and Thistle is situated in Abingdon-on-Thames near Oxford

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The Crown and Thistle is situated in Abingdon-on-Thames near OxfordCredit: The Crown and Thistle

1. Where is The Crown and Thistle? 

The Crown and Thistle – with rooms from £75 – is tucked away in the quiet Oxfordshire town of Abingdon. 

A short drive from Oxford, the inn is easily accessible by car and has its own parking for visitors. 

Radley and Oxford train stations are a short bus drive away. 

2. What is The Crown and Thistle like? 

The Crown and Thistle perfectly balances history with cosy luxury in the picturesque Oxfordshire market town of Abingdon. 

Originally built in 1605 as a coaching inn, the wisteria clad bolt-holt recently had a £1.8 million renovation. 

The hotel now offers rooms with a boutique vibe and all the creature comforts you could ask for. 

But the inn still retains its centuries-old character and personality: think beams, roaring fires, wonky windows and uneven oak floors sitting harmoniously alongside swish bathrooms, unlimited wifi, coffee machines and air-con.

 The Crown and Thistle have 18 luxurious rooms

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The Crown and Thistle have 18 luxurious roomsCredit: The Crown and Thistle

3.What to do at The Crown and Thistle? 

This is a great part of the world for exploring or relaxing with loads to do nearby, whatever the Great British weather throws at you. 

Potter around the streets of pretty Abingdon, visit its Abbey or take a stroll along the River Thames, just a stone’s throw from the inn. 

Oxford is seven miles away for the chance to soak up the city of dreaming spires. 

There are walks a-plenty in easy reach, either in the surrounding  countryside and nearby Cotswolds, or more locally in the picturesque Abingdon Lock, which boasts a weir and watercourse first built by monks in the 10th century to power their mills.

4. What is there to eat and drink at The Crown and Thistle? 

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With friendly service, a great menu and fully Covid-secure premises there’s no reason not to stay put. 

There’s a restaurant for smarter dining which serves lots of delicious local produce. 

Enjoy chicken, beef or lamb cooked on the josper charcoal grill, a traditional Sunday roast or, for a more relaxed option, enjoy a genuine Neapolitan pizza cooked in the woodfired oven with the flour, tomato sauce and mozzarella all sourced from Naples. 

The delicious breakfasts also deserve a special mention, with funky menu choices such as sausage or bacon brioche bun or chorizo hash as well as an amazing full English.

 The restaurant uses locally sources ingredients to make traditional Sunday roasts

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The restaurant uses locally sources ingredients to make traditional Sunday roastsCredit: The Crown and Thistle

5. What are the rooms like at The Crown and Thistle? 

There are 18 well-decorated rooms at The Crown and Thistle, all brimming with charm. 

Set around a cobbled courtyard, the rooms are in a separate building to the main restaurant and pub. 

The rooms are all named after famous former Oxford residents, and have a flat-screen TV, ipod dock, mini-bar, and tea and coffee facilities. 

The en-suite bathrooms are beautifully done with fluffy towels, nice smellies, power showers and some have roll-tops baths.

6. How much are rooms at The Crown and Thistle? 

Rooms start at £75 a night with pricier rooms coming to £140 a night – to find availability and best rates click here

To find out about other accommodation nearby click here

7. Is The Crown and Thistle family friendly? 

Yes, The Crown and Thistle have three family rooms available, two with pull-out sofa beds and one with enough space to add two more single beds.

8. Is there access for guests with disabilities? 

There isn’t accessibility to rooms for guests with disabilities – the rooms are all situated on the first floor with no lifts. There is, however, access to the Crown and Thistle’s restaurant.

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