Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn
An incredibly professional outfit that are always on the end of the phone…
About the pub
Ye Olde Reinedeer Inn, known by most simply as, ‘The Reindeer’ is a traditional English pub in Parson’s Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Offering visitors well kept Hook Norton real ales, superb food, wines by the glass, range of bottled beers and one of the best pints of Guinness for miles, a warm welcome awaits you from our friendly staff.
The inn, which has parts of the building dating back as far as the medieval period has strong connections with the English Civil War, and our renowned Globe Room has been attracting tourists for more than a century.
Still made and available today, a Banbury Cake is a spiced, currant-filled, flat pastry cake like an Eccles cake, although it is more oval in shape. In Ben Johnson’s 1614 play ‘Bartholomew fair’, includes a character called ‘Zeal-of-the-land Busy’, a Banbury Cake maker and a puritan. These attributes fit the description of the founder of this hostelry, John Knight.
In 1560 John and his wife acquired the ‘cottage or shop’ adjoining to the East and set about building a timber framed extension. The original gates which still span the two buildings bear the inscription:
– JOHN – KNIGHT – JHONE – KNIGHT – DAVID – HORN – ANNO – DIN – 1570
The aforementioned David Horn was probably the Knight’s first Inn keeper, though very little is known of him. John Knight’s son continued to develop the building between 1624 and 1637, extending then enclosing the courtyard to the rear of the premises and laying the plans for the Globe Room. Completed after his death, this exquisite room represented his ambition to raise the The Reinedeer’s status to be one of the town’s greatest inns.
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