Outstanding food, drink and entertainment Est: 1577
A little bit of history...
The first record of a licensee dates back to 1577, although local historians believe there was an inn on the site prior to that date. Originally 'The Robin Hood & Little John', quite how it got this name so far from Sherwood Forest remains a mystery. Prior to 1824, it was called The Carpenters Arms, and before that, The Rising Sun.
Popular belief is that The Robin Hood name was encouraged by 'The Green Boys of Clifton' a local band of volunteers, formed by the Reverend Cathcart to repel Napoleons army. A kind of Napoleonic 'Dads Army'. A tenuous link perhaps but then, this is how legends are made!
The tie between village & pub is still strong. In the conservatory is a photograph of The Robin Hood in 1917. Standing outside is the then landlady, Alice Huckle, with her 2 year old daughter. Alice's Grandson still lives within sight of the pub!
The Robin Hood is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with 3 public footpaths converging at the pub. There is a wonderful walk over Clifton Heights with views of Olney that are truly breathtaking. Parts of the original cobbled road can be seen at the front of the pub by the front door.
The Three Shires Way passes the door popular with both walkers and horse riders. There is also a footpath to another charming village, Newton Blossomville & across the river Great Ouse to Turvey.
We hold many events during the year, ranging from charity quiz nights & music festivals to special gastronomic evenings & banquets. We have even put on a pantomime in a marquee in the garden in February!
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We can cater for all types of parties, be they Wedding Receptions, Birthdays, Anniversaries or, just a great time, or no reason at all.
We have a large garden with plenty of grass to wear the kids out. A large patio area which isn't too far away from the bar. A light and airy conservatory which overlooks the garden. A warm & cosy lounge bar with an inglenook fireplace & log burning stove for those crisp winter nights.
As a truly traditional country pub, we still have a public bar with the most traditional of games in these parts, Table Skittles. We have a local Skittles team. A game originally started by the shoemakers of Northampton.