Shepherd’s Crook

The Shepherd's Crook is a traditional British Free House set in an idyllic beautiful Oxfordshire country village. Not being tied to any single pub chain means that we offer a wide selection of the finest Beers, Ales, Wines and Spirits including locally brewed and independent products that you are less likely to find elsewhere. Of course, we also stock the national brands you know and love.

We are just as serious about the contents of our kitchen too. Wherever possible we use fresh locally sourced meat and produce to give you the finest flavours so that you can enjoy our full and varied menu knowing that you are supporting local agriculture and reduced long distance food haulage. Whether you choose to enjoy our wares inside the traditional village pub or on our terrace you are assured of a warm welcome and staff that will do all they can to make your visit perfect.


The tiny hamlet of Crowell, near Chinnor has had a public house for at least 250 years and probably more. A map of 1797 shows the house as a fully fledged pub, but in 1859 a fire destroyed several properties in the village, including the pub, leaving eight families homeless. The present pub, originally called The Catherine Wheel, was built shortly after this fire and dates from around 1860 for it was rebuilt in time to be recorded on the 1861 census.


The Catherine Wheel became The Shepherd’s Crook in 1991 and has a pretty position next to the 12th Century village church, overlooking a small green at the foot of the Chiltern Hills escarpment.


We sell superior food, using wonderful local ingredients that are available to us here; a variety of great ales from independent breweries and a wine list that's full of interesting wines that complement the food and ambience of the pub.


Enjoy the summer on our large terrace facing the village green or sit at one of our tables on the green itself. Alternatively, on a cold winter's evening, stay warm in our atmospheric pub and restaurant or relax in front of our log burner - all the while enjoying our seasonal menu, ales and wines.

You will find a great welcome here and a group of locals who are fun to be with.


About Crowell


The village of Crowell is located just outside Chinnor near Thame in Oxfordshire. In an area designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nestled close to the Chiltern Hills, this tiny village was mentioned in the Domesday Book although it's history may go back further as it is located on 'Britain's oldest Road', The Ridgeway (now a popular route for walking and cycling).


The Shepherd’s Crook sits beside Crowell’s village church, which itself dates back to 12th Century.


The area surrounding Crowell was chosen for a scheme to reintroduce the previously native Red Kite into the UK in the 1990’s, the scheme proved successful and these majestic birds are now an almost constant feature of the skies around Crowell.



Reggae Night 15th July

The Shepherd’s Crook presents Reggae Night! Come jam with us on the 15th July from 6.30pm till late.

It’s going to be a Crook party like no other with the first live Rasta band in Oxfordshire jamming with us from London.

Call 01844 355266 to book a table now! It’s gonna be a night to remember!

Come for the Jamaican BBQ food, stay for the fun! Our special menu includes:

Caribbean Jerk Chicken | Caribbean jerk pork | Caribbean Jerk beef burger with mango slaw | Caribbean Jerk veggie wraps | Corn on the cob | Jerk potato salad | Rice with beans and much more

Loud shirts and summer clothes are essential!


Latin American Jazz Night

Join us on the 17th June for our Latin American Jazz Night with great live music from West Four Quartet – back at the Shepherd’s Crook for the third time!


Bank Holiday BBQ

Relax with us this Bank Holiday Monday from 12pm for another of our popular BBQs. Come rain or shine we will be lighting the grills with a mouthwatering gourmet family BBQ to be enjoyed in our friendly surroundings.


It’s our 1 year Birthday Party!

Join us on the 13th May to celebrate our 1st Birthday at the Shepherd’s Crook!


Live music from “A Little Bit Country” served with a delicious Roast Pig, BBQ and Buffet!


Selection of 5 Bitters!


Cocktail Bar!


Sample our Flavoured Polish Vodkas!


Optional Western Style fancy dress!


All this for only £20 per person!


All welcome! 





The Shepherds Crook in Crowell is located minutes from the M40 motorway and situated between Oxford, Reading, High Wycombe and Aylesbury.


Directions From The M40 Motorway:

Leave the Motorway at Junction 6 and Join the B4009 towards Princes Risborough After 2 miles look for our sign beside Crowell Church.


The Shepherds Crook
The Green, Crowell
Chinnor, Oxfordshire
0X39 4RR
Telephone: (01844) 355266


Opening Hours
Pub Hours: 12:00am to 11:00pm (9pm Mondays)
Lunch: 12:00-2:30 (Monday - Saturday)
Dinner: 6:00-9:00 (Tuesday - Saturday)
Sunday Lunch: 12:00-4.00


Booking is not normally required, but is highly recommended for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For special occasions, large parties of 8 or more or if any special arrangement are required then advanced booking is essential.