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Moon & Sixpence, Hanwell

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The "Cherwell Chef of the Year 2003" trades on past glories perhaps, who has won this award in the years since? The sole handpull (Bombardier) was in good order on Sunday afternoon but drinking in a dining room wasn't quite the pub-feel we had been hoping for.
paul_d102 - 3 Nov 2020 08:49
A completley souless pub trying to be a restaurant, you know the type of place with pictures of the chef on the walls! I think it is a bit of an ego trip for someone??
They made me as a drinker and casual diner most unwelcome, beer was flat and loos your money I will not be back.
james67 - 30 Oct 2010 14:10
We seem to use this pub early in the evening on a Saturday one night a summer. The bar is clean and tidy but there is always qute a wait because people waiting to eat seem to be flathing about at the bar. It is not a pub that makes you over welcome unless you are eating & the menu appears rather flash & other priced. There are numerous table / bench's to be sat at overlooking the carpark where you could sit with a family if you so wished. All the tables in the bar only seem to acomadate one or two people

I think a quick visit once a year is more than enough too be honest !!!!
Twelveman - 31 May 2010 20:26
I have just spent a most uncomfortable evening, not to mention a considerable amount of money for an evening at this 'pub' and would ask readers to seriously reconsider before visiting it themselves.
A few points...
The restaurant was extremely cold. One of our party kept her coat - and boots - on all evening. When we mentioned this to the waitress we were told that other diners would be arriving shortly and that the place would 'warm up soon'.
We were charged over 7 for a 250ml glass of average house wine and over 4 for a glass of orange and soda.
The food was fairly dire, oversalted and almost all directly from the freezer. From my seat I had a clear view of the kitchens which were, at all times, nothing more than serving areas with absolutely no evidence of food being freshly cooked.
One saving grace - as the deserts were all very heavy I asked for some fresh fruit. This arrived and was well presented.
On a Monday evening - albeit before Christmas - and with over half the resaurant empty, the only 'choice' was the 'Christmas meal' at over 25.
Being part of a small group of colleagues and, being at the Moon and Sixpence as a result of the arrangements of a fellow colleague, it felt very uncomfortable complaining on the spot.
This will not prevent me from voicing my concerns to the management at the earliest opportunity.
MumandKids - 8 Dec 2008 22:53
Redeveloped in 2008, and now a 'gastro pub'. Good value for good food - we had a great family Sunday lunch. Will go back. Serves Wells & Youngs beers.
helen5885 - 16 Nov 2008 16:59
Had a fantastic evening last night at the Moon & Sixpence - fabulous food and great service from young happy staff. We have found it hard to find good 'restaurants' in the area - and this felt very much like a restaurant than a pub - people dressed up! I had delicious calves liver from their 'traditional pub menu' great value at under 10 - the more mainstream menu averages at about 15. Similar pricing to lots of the gastro pubs we've been to up here - but food thoughtfully presented with plenty to keep the average punter happy! Will def be recommending to my friends!
TP38 - 9 Sep 2008 11:14
Nice setting and surroundings but inside the moon & sixpence is rather sterile and soul less. The staff, except for the cheery head waiter, looked bored and seemed disinterested. They weren't very attentive either. Nobody checked to ensure we were enjoying our meals or that everything was ok.
The restaurant was set nicely but the food was expensive for what it was. Also not much choice for vegetarians or fish eaters on the menu (only 2 fish dishes). We waited ages for our starters even though the restaurant wasn't particularly busy when we arrived.
Several of our dishes had ingredients missing or not as they were advertised on the menu. For example the vegetarian salad should have had feta cheese; there was none, sundried tomatoes; replaced by chopped cherry toms and roasted peppers; they were raw. One of the mains, sweet potato and mushroom stroganoff had no sweet pot in it but loads of peppers and onions (not advertised on the menu). The sauce was thin, like the consistancy of single cream and the accompanying vegetables weren't served in a seperate dish as is normal practice but appeared to have been thrown randomly onto the plate which made it look like the dish had been assembled by a 5 year old.
Have heard the bar menu is good so might give that a go next time we're in the area but won't go out of my way to go here again.
TTTT - 20 Aug 2008 21:40
We visited the Moon and sixpence recently with some friends. Having travelled up from London we were looking forward to a meal in this recently refurbished restaurant / bar. Service was awful - rude, impersonal and completely sub standard. The refurbishment wasn't evident with no real atmosphere or warmth to the place. I understood why when we eventually managed to attract the attention of the waiter and asked for a table we were (reluctnatly)told he'd check and come back - he didn't bother! We left shortly after our drinks as the service was so unwelcoming. No amount of paint can patch up the snooty, pretentious and over affected front of house. Avoid at all costs!
Steve01 - 11 Aug 2008 17:46
I'm glad everyone's enjoying the grub here but unfortunately this place just does not cut it as a watering hole. Its a massive semi-open-plan gaff and it was shockingly dead compared to the pubs in the neigbouring villages. Possible reasons include the shoddy choice of beer available or maybe just the whole sterility of the place but either way something is definitely amiss here. Its the only place in recent times that I've walked into, observed my surroundings, and then opted for just a half-pint (Almost did a walk-right-through-and-out but the beleaguered girl behind the bar didn't deserve it). Admittedly I did venture in on a Sunday evening but honestly the other boozers were heaving. Look out for the Cotswolds' answer to Rod Stewart - because he'll certainly be looking out for you.
cardinalChunder - 10 Nov 2007 21:07
Used to go here a few years ago and always rated it as a very good.

Visited in January and the meal was wonderful... in August came back and brought my mum and dad along.....we all had wonderful meals the service was faultless.

We all love fish/seafood, and the menu always has a vast array of fish/seafood.

We would recommend The Moon & Sixpence as the menu caters for every taste.

anonymous - 24 Sep 2007 23:45
This is an amazing place to visit & frequent. In the summer months there is the most beautiful array of flowers both inside & outside in the garden. The garden is a perfect sun trap. In the winter, it is the ideal cosy pub with the roaring fires and comfy seating. The staff are polite and attentive without being annoying and all of the food is outstanding. The menu constantly changes and the chef is a michelin award winner. There are seperate smoking areas and dogs are welcome. There are always masses of the daily papers on hand to browse and while away the day.
lougibop - 20 Feb 2006 14:40
The Best food I've had in this area EVER!
Great presentation and great service.

Also Good bar area to relax and have a drink.
anonymous - 21 Dec 2005 16:45
Went for the second time this week on a tuesday when i found out it was a quiz night as well.

Most enjoyable evening
Dominic30 - 21 Dec 2005 16:43
Great village pub, Good food and large wine selection.

Recommend to everyone.
deeno - 21 Dec 2005 16:32
Excellent Food, Friendly Service and good choice of drinks and real ales.

Seperate Bar and Restaurant area and lovely roaring fires in the winter.

Nothing better than sitting down in the pub to reads the papers in the evenings.
Dominic30 - 12 Dec 2005 13:40
More of a resturant pub than a drinkers pub (small bar area) though a few regulars seem to get in as it is "The only pub in the village". The foods excellent, but not pub grub prices, it's agood idea to book at the weekends.
Gary06 - 11 Aug 2005 14:20

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