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.


Spanish Night 23rd September 2017

A night of traditional Spanish food, drink and music

Fed up with the weather and suffering from holiday blues? On Saturday 23rd September, the Shepherd’s Crook will transport you straight into the heart of sunny Spain! With live music and flamenco dancing from Fiesta Flamenca and traditional Spanish food on the menu, it’s no time for a siesta so grab your amigos and head to the Crook for an unforgettable night! 



Performing in Oxfordshire for the first time, Fiesta Flamenca is a well known London based, three piece band with lots of passion in their performance. Traditional Flamenco guitar from Ramon Ruiz and Ant Romero on percussion mixed with singing and Flamenco dancing from Anita la Maltesa is sure to dazzle. You never know the sun may even make an appearance!


Anita and Ramon met in London where they joined forces creating Fiesta Flamenca, a wonderful display of flamenco dance and guitar combined with Latin American songs. This spellbinding show, after many years, still captivates the audience from across the world. What Anita and Ramon share is an underlying musicality and soulful sound that is an integral part of their expression. Their combined talent are woven together creating a dazzling display of virtuosity and emotions that spark the imagination of their audience transporting them to the heart of Andalucia. Anita la Maltesa whose sensual voice and breathtaking footwork evokes the true spirit of traditional flamenco and Ramon’s inspirational guitar playing has expanded the possibilities of flamenco and changed perceptions of the art form by mining the richness of its traditions while continuing to recall many other genres of music. The result is a marriage of both traditional flamenco dance and guitar with Latin American music, creating a spectacle of virtuoso performances and euphoria that can only be described as “breathtakingly beautiful”  


Tickets for Spanish Night are available to buy for £35.00 per person. The band starts at 8.30pm and the ticket includes a three course menu inspired by Spanish classics. Booking for food and tables is strongly recommended however, admission is free and single tapas will be available to purchase. We also have authentic paella to purchase and a wide selection of Spanish beers and wine. Muy sabroso!


If this wasn’t exciting enough, we are also offering free surprise drinks for anyone who arrives in Spanish fancy dress! Transform yourself into a Spanish Senorita or whip out your sombrero!


We offer a taxi home service within a 5 mile radius. Book your taxi when booking your table to avoid disappointment.


To reserve your table, call us on 01844 355266.


Deliciosa comida, excelentes bebidas, buenos tiempos!

The Crook’s Summer Bank Holiday BBQ

The smell of grilling meat and the chink of glasses, your friends chatting and laughing… It’s what Bank Holidays are made for. From our succulent steak burgers and marinated meats to refreshing drinks, we’ve got everything you need for a relaxing summer feast at the Shepherd’s Crook. You can almost smell it already…

Join us Monday 28th August from 12pm to 5pm.

It’s the news you’ve been waiting for, you lucky sausages! A whole festival dedicated to the everyone’s favourite pork protrusion is coming to the Shepherd’s Crook on the 19th August — and it sounds like a banger! That’s right, a real-life sausage fest is heading to town and it will feature over 12 different varieties of Polish sausages along with LIVE music and booze!

Live music by Mojo, an acoustic duo singing an eclectic mix of songs from as long ago as the Everly Brothers, Beatles and Blondie up to the latest material by James Blunt, Paolo Nutini and George Ezra. Louise has performed with a number of bands including a Wings tribute band. John, who plays guitar, has worked as a session musician and played a range of different bands. Great harmonies and great songs. Increasingly in demand where they live near Amersham, this is an evening not to be missed!

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.


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.