“..... 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.



Opening hours are constantly being reviewed while the pub gets established


The kitchen is now open from Thursday to Sunday.

Lunch served from opening until 2pm

Dinner served from opening until 9pm

Current menu includes pies, pizza, omelettes, chilli, baguettes and toasties. Vegetarian options available.

Take away pizza is available any time the kitchen is open.

Forthcoming Events:

Quiz night:

Thursday night is the Gardiner Arms pub quiz night with our very own Texan quiz master, Don, starting at 8pm. It is always great fun so it would be lovely to see more participants. Why not come along and try to win?
Special offer on Thursdays: Pizza & a drink for £10 (£8 for under 12s)

Friday Happy Hour

Fridays we have Happy Hour from 5pm until 6pm. Beer, wines and spirits £1 off.
9:30pm we have the weekly meat draw

Live Music:
Saturday 16th September - The Wild Rockin’ Camels. A band including Tackley’s very own Paul Northwood
Saturday 21st October - Texas Ghost Train. Rhythm & Blues band including Mark Wragg from Tackley

Pub Re-Opening Anniversary Celebration Day and Trafalgar Day
Saturday 21st October. More details to follow

 93 Medcroft Road




Telephone: 01869 331266

Since 1788

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Open for Aunt Sally fixtures and by arrangement for village clubs/societies



8:30pm - 10:30pm



7pm - 10:30pm



7pm - 10:30pm



5pm - midnight (last orders 11pm)



12 noon - midnight (last orders 11pm)



12 noon - 5pm

7:30pm - 10:30pm