the old auctioneer is the third oldest building in banbury, built in 1596 and surviving the great fire of 1628. The site dates back to medieval times and was renamed Parsons Street in 1410.

the pub became known as the flying horse and in the 1830’s as many as 53 coaches left the pub for london weekly, taking seven and a half hours to make the journey.

the floorboards at the front of the building by the fireplace are believed to be the original boards as are the beams above, which reputedly were sourced during the original constructions from a wrecked spanish galleon.

the bar panelling was constructed from old french fort doors sourced from fort saint-andre just outside avignon. the foreign exchange sign over the reception came originally from coutts bank (the queens bank) in the strand. The wood panelling in the centre section was salvaged from world war ii ammunition crates.

inside the old auctioneer today, the restaurant is adorned with fascinating pieces of decor each carrying their own unique history. the 1900’s racing shell mounted to the function room ceiling, together with the original savoy hotel doors marking the entrance to the garden, all add to the feeling and ambiance of bygone times.

whether you’re meeting a friend to catch up over coffee & cake, having your birthday party, or coming in to enjoy one of our regular 2-4-1 offers: the old auctioneer is the most interesting meeting place in banbury.

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