The Star Inn - Sparsholt

(173 Reviews)
Watery Lane Sparsholt, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9PL

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Lunctime set menu - 2 courses £20 or 3 courses £24

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Main course: £15
Food spend: £30

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 15:30 & 18:00 - 20:00.

Restaurant description

Serving award-winning food with produce and meat sourced from nearby fields, farms and hunters, The Star Inn successfully combines fine dining with a countryside pub atmosphere. Enjoy artisan beverages, greens from the kitchen garden and freshly cooked meals in the calm surroundings of the terrace.

Enjoy your meal at the bar or in the cosy restaurant, and sample locally sourced creations like venison loin with salt baked celeriac and braised red cabbage, or pan-seared sea bream with herb farfalle pasta. The Star Inn’s steaks are dry-aged for up to 42 days, and game is often sourced from nearby shoots. For dessert, choose British and Irish cheeses with wafers, crackers & seasonal chutneys, or coffee or tea with homemade fudge.

Sparsholt’s Star Inn offers special Sunday lunch and dinner and a regularly changing selection of real ales, whiskeys and vodkas that can be enjoyed in the delightfully serene garden.

The Star Inn Restaurant is located in south Oxfordshire, a 30-minute drive from Oxford.

Customer reviews for The Star Inn - Sparsholt
(based on 173 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (1)
  • al fresco (15)
  • breakfast (8)
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  • child friendly (16)
  • dinner (131)
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  • large parties (29)
  • lunch (104)
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  • By Gavin H from Hatfield
    23 November 2019

    Excellent food and service, well done, we will be back

  • By Philip D from abingdon
    14 November 2019

    Our third visit to eat here and still impressed. Menu is limited but means that the kitchen prepares a few things very well. Bonus for us is accommodating our well-behaved dog in the bar area. The only niggle was the separate charge for choice of sauce with a perfectly-cooked steak. We definitely keep The Star Inn on our favourite places to eat list.

  • By Pamela K from Nr Wantage
    13 November 2019

    A very pleasant experience from start to finish with great service, perfect timing and affable staff. The venison dish was the best you'll find anywhere.

  • By Andrew S from Bristol
    13 November 2019

    Great restaurant with a lovely ambience. Food was delicious especially the venison; beautifully tender with a really good flavour.

  • By Sean M from Letcombe Bassett
    9 November 2019

    Had the duck, it was good

  • By Simon S from Wantage
    3 November 2019

    Excellent friendly greeting and table as requested on Open Door. Visited with very grumpy grandad and the staff were charming. All enjoyed the excellent food - even grandad (Chicken Roast).

  • By Millie J from Exeter
    26 October 2019

    Wonderful staff wonderful food wonderful pub thank you

  • By David B from Wantage
    26 October 2019

    Excellent food and service.

  • By Christopher B from Southampton
    21 October 2019

    We were staying at the Star so it was great that the on-site restaurant was so good. The Star is a (very smart) country pub, with appropriate ambience ( swags of hops on the ceiling, for example) but a menu which reads more like a top urban restaurant. For a Monday night the place was surprisingly lively - I think they do good business all the week - and the service prompt, friendly and attentive. When we asked about one of the wines we were straightaway offered a sample taste. I found the prospect of a starter followed by a main a bit much so I had a "bar snack" of whitebait instead, and this was perfectly cooked. I followed this with a five-spice confit of duck, again perfectly cooked (and I was glad I hadn't had a large starter). My husband had loin of venison with accompanying venison pie which he found outstanding. We both had the sticky toffee souffle which I think customers come regularly from all over England to seek out! (It was one of the reasons we came back after our visit in the summer.) The wine list was varied and not too long, and we had the most expensive red wine in the list, a brilliant claret at £59 (it was a special occasion). We certainly intend to go (and stay) again.

  • By Tom S from Swindon
    19 October 2019

    The Star has never disappointed. I booked a table for 4 and they accommodated 4 1/2 easily without fuss (baby sitter awol). All of the staff are friendly and professional and can sense if you need to hurry or if you’re having a more relaxed meal. The Steaks are brilliant, every meal is spot on.

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The Star Inn - Sparsholt
Watery Lane Sparsholt, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9PL

Available offers

  • Lunctime set menu - 2 courses £20 or 3 courses £24

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