“..... a lovely pub in a beautiful village, serving locally brewed real cask ales”

Welcome to the Gardiner Arms, an 18th century pub set in one of Oxfordshire’s most picturesque villages.

The Gardiner Arms was founded in 1788. Sir John Whalley-Smythe-Gardiner (1748-1805) inherited land and property in the village of Tackley in 1787, and historical records first mention the public house in 1788. Sir John was the 2nd Baronet, of Roche Court. He was born John Whally, and assumed the surnames Smythe and Gardiner upon inheritance of those estates.  There is a large plaque in memory of Sir John and his wife, Lady Gardiner, on the wall of St Nicholas church on the outskirts of the village.

The pub building dates from circa. 1760. It was extended in 1826, and bears a carved stone plaque of the latter date. Inside it is full of character with thick old oak beams, and an old oak supporting pillar. The walls are over 2ft thick, with window seats in the walls, and a large inglenook fireplace, which now has a lovely wood-burning stove. The décor is light and fresh, tastefully creating a relaxed atmosphere. The beer garden is also beautiful, with an Aunt Sally (a traditional local pub game that is played in the summer months), and wrapped around the pub building is a beautiful wisteria, believed to be more than two hundred years old itself.  In short it is a lovely pub, in a beautiful village.

Drinks served include locally brewed real cask ales from the Hook Norton Brewery, where they have been brewing since 1849. https://www.hooky.co.uk/

The pub is part of the Tackley village community, and welcomes all local clubs/ groups/ societies etc. Please come and talk to us about what we can do to support your organisation. In Tackley we are proud of our pub and its history. We are very lucky to have such a pub. If you are in the area please do come in and experience it for yourself.


Here at the Gardiner Arms we are upping our endeavours to finish the kitchen, but we are pleased to announce that some food is now available.
Pizzas, baguettes and toasties are available at the following times:
Fridays 6pm - 9pm
Saturdays and Sundays 12pm - 3pm and 6pm - 9pm


This Week’s Events:

As we are so busy working to get things moving in the kitchen, our weekly sensory stories sessions have been suspended but will resume soon.

Thursday is quiz night with Don, starting at 8pm.

Friday we have our St. Patrick’s Day Promotion. Get £1 off a pint of beer or glass of wine with every pizza ordered. We have the weekly meat raffle which is drawn at 9:30pm.

Saturday Rugby Special - England v Ireland kick off at 5pm
There will be 50p off a pint of Guinness while Ireland are in the lead and 50p off a pint of Nice Try while England are in the lead. Come along and support your team for a great atmosphere!

Future Events:

Saturday 1 April live music - we have Texas Ghost Train playing live. More info coming soon!

 93 Medcroft Road




Telephone: 01869 331266

Since 1788

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