Proud winners of Banbury’s Real Ale “Free House” and Community Pub Winner of “Make A Difference” Award 2016

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Making a Difference


We took over the White Horse in Banbury in April 2015 and, since then, have endeavoured to transform it into a community pub used by Banbury locals and visitors alike.

We began with developing a team of committed, like-minded staff who believe in the value of a warm welcome, a comfortable environment and a really good product. We have a shared approach to high standards of customer service and everyone works hard to achieve this.

The Environment

We have live music every Friday night giving a range of styles for customers to enjoy, with a fun monthly quiz 4-00pm first Sunday of the month, and three darts teams. The courtyard garden has been developed with lots of plants, bamboo and, just for something different – candles, and we were lucky enough to win Gold, Silver and two Bronze awards from the Spencer Memorial Garden Competition for our efforts. I say our efforts – this has been done not just by ourselves but also customers helping with planting and great ideas and has been greatly changed to give a secluded and intimate feel!

What makes us unique?

  • Hands-on, personal approach
  • Listen to community feedback, which we actively seek, and act on it
  • Providing the town with the pub it wanted
  • Make the community feel welcome and valued, remember the detail and  individuals – wishes, personal likes and dislikes for drink and food, the glass they like, their interests and health issues

Our offer

What we have done to get ready

We have followed the Government’s guidelines and hope you find the changes not too intimidating
All staff are certificated in COVID 19 awareness
Hand sanitising stations are available on arrival and within the pub for customers and staff
Strict cleaning schedules are in place.
Bar screens have been installed
Social distancing of tables/chairs has been observed
A group of 4 are allowed indoors / 6 Outdoors
There will be NO bar service
Table service via floor staff or text orders will be implemented.

What you need to do to help us

Please do not come to the pub if you are feeling unwell
We would prefer you to pre-book your visit (Group 4 Inside / 6 in Garden) due to our reduced capacity. Best by phone 01295 277 484
Your temperature will be taken on arrival.
We will require a contact mobile number as requested by NHS England “Track & Trace”

Please adhere to the Government requirements for the opening of pubs and our house rules
You can then take a seat and relax and we will serve you at the table.

Very Continental, only missing is the waft of Paella

Please be mindful of the English Summer. If you are in the courtyard and it rains you may not be able to take shelter in the pub if busy. (Bring a big brolly).

We value most what the community gives back, laughter and support, warmth and friendship to each other and enjoyment of great beer or drink with friends – Bless you all and take care.