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.




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
Kitchen Hours: Closed 31 Jan - 6 Feb 2017
Lunch: 12:00-2:30 (Tuesday- Saturday)
Dinner: 6:00-9:30 (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.