The Sun Wheatley recently changed hands in September 2019. I had heard that it improved quite considerably from the last owners.
My only memory of this pub from a few years ago was driving past and seeing a big sign on the front door saying simply, “No food”… on a Saturday. Apart from that, I had never been inside The Sun Wheatley so was intrigued.
We decided to pop down for breakfast on a Saturday, ironically, to see what their food offering was in the morning. They opened at 10am and we arrived soon after on a wet, cold and rainy morning.
The Sun Wheatley describe themselves as a cafe and bar, offering a friendly and welcoming service in a characteristic English country pub setting. There is a lovely garden at the back which I’m sure is brilliant on a sunny day. As well as this you can also stay the night there as they have a self-contained annexe to the rear of the property with its own private entrance; you can take a look at it here.
Food and Drinks
If you’d like, you can check out The Sun Wheatley food menu here. So I opted to try the American pancake, date butter + smokey bacon stack with maple syrup (pictured below).
I have to say that this was one of the nicest pancake breakfasts I’ve ever eaten. The crispy bacon contrasting with the warm pancakes with syrup was amazing, but what really made this dish was the date butter. It’s something I didn’t really know was a thing which is surprising as I love dates. The combination of flavours was fantastic.
My other half decided to be a bit more traditionally British for breakfast and ordered the “English on grilled sourdough” which came with, Smoked streaky bacon, Cumberland sausage, poached free-range egg, portobello mushroom and slow-roasted tomato (pictured below)
Although slightly minimalist looking, I tried pretty much a bit of everything and can say the ingredients were of top quality and I reckon I’d still be full after having this. The Sourdough was lovely and crunchy and soaked up all of the flavours from the egg, sausage, bacon etc.
I wanted to make a point and say that our food came out fairly quickly too considering the presentation of everything and it was all piping hot.
The coffee was also great. We both went for lattes and had to order another round which is unusual for us. For the second round of coffees, we decided to sit by the log burner and enjoy the quaint setting. It was so different from some of the modern and upmarket restaurants that I enjoy reviewing, yet I really loved it here. You almost feel at home.
A big shout out to Bentley the resident dog, who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself having a nap on the sofa.
Conclusions and Final Thoughts
To conclude, I think if you are looking for a nice spot to enjoy some breakfast, lunch or dinner outside of the city centre then The Sun Wheatley is a perfect spot for this.
It’s a side of Oxford that people neglect sometimes I think. Many people are quick to head to Summertown, Jericho or Headington for food and drinks but really there are some good options East of Oxford – you just have to look for them.