Typical Hungry Horse pub friendly staff and responsive service, good basic food, but sticky tables and plenty of noisy children about. If you're hungry, stop by, but don't linger
This is a Hungry Horse pub on the edge of Bicester Village.
The above location means that it is always very busy with the constant flow of people in and out making the most of the shopping oppertunities.
Inside, chaos rules. Masses of people heave about looking for tables, most of them with children in tow, so it is rather loud and by no means a relaxed eating or drinking experience! However, should you have children with you it is quite a refreshing change to not worry about what your kids are doing or have them be the loudest there!
The menu is HUGE and very cheap, for the cost the food is pretty good (So long as you like meat and a lot of it!)
Not all that fun, but filling at least!
The only reason this pub is still there is because it captures first time tourists visiting Bicester Village. The pub is very 90's with a mish mash of décor due to various refurbishments that don't link. The food is cheap & very down market & is probably the worst food I have had within a pub. We had three rounds of drinks, these were the same drinks each time & each time the total price was different.
Due to its location if this pub raised its standards by a long shot this pub would be one of the highest taking pubs in the county. But currently you would be better off popping across the road to The Little Chef, now that says something!
Have been to The Acorn several times mainly because we're quite hungry after a good few hours shopping in Bicester Village. On all occasions when we've been here, we've found several members of staff really unacceptably unfriendly and bordering on rude. Today, on our latest visit, we found the male staff including the manager to be polite and friendly and the female staff very rude, not even acknowledging us saying Thank you when they brought over the cutlery and condiments. When I took my diet coke back to the bar politely asking them to change it as it had at least 8 huge cubes of ice in it and barely any actual Diet Coke, the girl behind the bar was not happy to change it and then when she did (without any hint of friendliness) had the cheek to ask me for £1.95 before realising she was changing a drink that had already been paid for, she didn't even say sorry! Do they really think charging £1.95 for a glass full of ice and a splash of Diet Coke is good value? I don't think so!
The food is good value and portion sizes are decent enough, will definitely fill you up. I've had several different meals from their fairly varied menu and have always been satisfied, the tables could really do with cleaning but they really don't seem to take into account that they should do this quickly once removing people's plates so the next lot of people can sit down, it gets very busy there and people were waiting for tables when we left and the queue to even order your meal was very busy.
I would say the toilets need a more regular clean, have seen worse but still in a busy place like this that relies a lot on passing custom from shoppers (who probably don't come back after one experience here) you'd think they'd try to keep it bit cleaner and have some decent staff who know how to crack even a little smile! Not recommended and even though we MIGHT just visit again, we'll try to remember to try somewhere else on the way back from a Bicester shopping trip in future!
The Acorn is a hungry horse pub , so its fast basic food. The pubs always busy but you can normal grab a table fast. dont expect to sit down to a quiet meal in here as its just maddness. Alot of tourists come in and out as they leave bicester village. Kids are very welcome here so its a good pub for parents not to have to stress about keeping the kids quiet. a good place for a fast meal as long as you dont mind basic.
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