The new owners, Paul. Gale and Callum, have experienced a warm welcome from the local community and regular vistors to the Saye and Sele Arms and have committed themselves to ensuring that the business is accessible to all in the community. Catering to those that require quality, fine dining, as well as to those wishing to spend some quality time sampling the selection of fine real ales, lagers, wines and spirits as well as the ever growing gin selection.
Part of the historic Broughton Castle estate, the ancestral home of Lord & Lady Saye & Sele. Built around the 1300 and was first licenced in 1782.The hallway has a wealth of photographs showing the pub in its thatched glory with a well in the back garden and a rolling grass hillock down to the front of the pub which is now the car park.
Seats 32, and is adorned with a large collection of hanging ornate Whiskey Water Jugs and a painting of Thomas, the 13th Lord Saye & Sele (1735-1788)
Has an abundance of well polished old flagstones and a carpeted area with a total seating capacity of 40. The low ceiling and original beams with a sparkling array of horse brasses give the bar a warm and welcoming feel. The new owners are pleased to welcome diners and drinkers alike with a large and growing selection of good quality, locally sourced food and well kept Ales. The Saye & Sele Arms recently achieved the highest possible marks from the independent assessors Cask Marque for the well kept cellar and quality of the beers. Free of tie from any breweries or pub chains ensures a wide access to a large choice of real ales, lagers, ciders, wines etc.
Having just received a "Certificate of Excellence" rating from Trip Advisor, the new owners continue to be committed to maintaining the consistency of the food offering so that customers know what to expect from the kitchen on repeated visits to the Saye & Sele. To this end they have retained the previous kitchen staff to ensure this. From the menu comes a variety of old favourites such as our slow braised and incredibly tender lamb fillet. The Saye & Sele is very proud of the Hearty Homemade Pies that are all amply filled and surrounded by short-crust pastry (all round, not just on the top) :- Lamb and Apricot, Beefsteak Kidney and Guiness, Chicken Bacon Mushroom and tarragon, Pork with sage and red onion, minced beef Cheddar and Stilton to name but a few. The A la carte menu has something for everyone with special consideration towards those requiring gluten free and vegetarian dishes. Desserts are all made on the premises with the exception of ice creams. The Souffléd Bread and Butter Pudding, a recipe perfected by the previous chef and maintained by the current owners is definately not to be missed. Local suppliers are used as much as possible to ensure the expected freshness and quality.
Classical Roasts appear on the menu every Sunday, Topside of Beef, Fillet of Lamb. Herb crusted Loin of Pork, Roast Chicken Breast with Smoked Bacon. At least eight Starters, ten Main and several Dessert courses are available @ £19.95 for 2 courses and £24.95 for 3 courses. Food is served between 12:00 and 15:00 and bookings are strongly advised as both the restaurant and bar tables fill up very quickly.
Enclosed by stone walling and neat fencing with a backdrop of mature trees, well stocked old English borders and even a potted herb area. Seating for 50 plus on the paved patio or the lawn is available for dining al fresco when the English weather obliges. The pergola area, nestled in the planted border, will be a draw to the garden for our regulars and new visitors alike and for the smokers amongst our guests an area of our patio, called Sally's Rest, after the popular Oxfordshire game, is available to ensure you are protected from the elements. The large cast iron "Dragon" is popular with our youger visitors, along with the "Garden Fairy" and the Stone Rabbit in the bird bath. (More of these to be added in the future to form a "Can you find it?" trail to occupy younger minds).
The pub also has a very well looked after Aunt Sally area for the Oxfordshire unique game. The pub is adorned with beautiful hanging baskets and troughs during the summer which gives the pub a very eye catching and welcoming appeal.
Parties, funtions and events
Paul, Gale and Callum welcome all enquiries for parties etc and are happy create bespoke personal menus to suit ensuring guests are fully satisfied and confident of a perfectly tailored occasion.
The pub is also available for Private FUNCTIONS at any time and on SUNDAY EVENINGS
Very welcome if well behaved in the pub and when accompanied by an adult. We also have two high chairs available if required. (For the comfort and enjoyment of other diners, please understand that No noisy electronic toys are permitted)