The Oxfordshire Yeoman: A Proper Village Pub

by hannahb21

Great Britain has an abundance of so called ‘Gastro Pubs’ which consequently makes a Proper British Pub something of a dying breed and a real rarity.

I am fortunate enough to have a Proper Pub just a few minutes’ walk from my house. The Oxfordshire Yeoman Public House is in Freeland opposite the new village hall (where customers are able to park). The Yeoman is a Green King pub, with Don and Sue Law as the ever friendly Landlords. Since taking over in 2009 they have turned the pub around and made it not only a great place to get a real ale but also somewhere to get a homemade, very reasonably priced, no frills meal.  Sue is the cook (a very good one too) and Don is front of house.

Fuss Free Friday Night Tea

We went to the Yeoman on a Friday night for dinner. The food is simple, as is the service: you order at the bar and your meal comes to your table.A main meal costs up to about £8 and there is usually a variety of specials available so the menu never gets dull. Dishes served range from: Steak and chips, Chilli con Carne, Sue’s homemade curry (highly recommended) to scampi and chips; basically your typical pub grub. On this particular Friday night we managed to get the last table available so we sat down and ordered: Burger and chips, Sue’s home made curry, Chilli Con carne and Duck a l‘Orange. As usual there were no complaints, and once again all home made and complete with fresh vegetables which my dad loves and made sure I got them in the photo! The landlord, Don, always mentions their fresh veg each time we go in; it’s definitely something they are proud of and rightly so.

Final Thoughts

The 4 meals, including 4 drinks, came to a very reasonable £35. I am a big fan of the Yeoman, the staff always welcome you with a smile, and the food is just like a meal at home but without the washing up (which is always nice).

It’s a no frills good old fashioned pub that is definitely worth a visit next time you are passing through the small Oxfordshire village of Freeland.

Oxfordshire Yeoman Public House

Wroslyn Road



Tel: 01993 882 051