About the Brasenose Arms

The Brasenose Arms is a 17th century Country Inn, situated in the heart of Cropredy, a rural village just 4 miles north of Banbury, Oxfordshire. Originally three cottages, it was converted into a Public House in the late 17th century.

The pub was built on land purchased from the Brasenose college, hence the Brasenose Arms, which makes it the only pub in the country with this name. The name is thought to be a corruption of the words brasenhuis or brewhouse, the college having been built on the site of an ancient brewery.  The most likely explanation is that it refers to a brazen (brass or bronze) door knocker in the shape of a nose.  For over 550 years the original nose was at Stamford, because in the time of Edward III the students in search of religious liberty migrated there, taking the knocker with them.  They were soon recalled but the nose knocker remained at the Stamford property until 1890 when the property was bought by the college and the nose was returned to Oxford and now hangs over the high table in the college hall.

Cropredy lies on the west bank of the River Cherwell. Over 350 years ago, Cropredy Bridge was the site of a major battle during the English Civil War in 1644.

Fairport Nine

Fairport Nine

Today, it hosts Britain’s (if not Europe’s) ‘friendliest’ music festival – Fairport’s Cropredy Convention – staged every year in August by members of the great British folk band – Fairport Convention. Here they are, sitting outside the pub, for the photo on the back of their 1973 album ‘Nine’.



Everyone is welcome at the Brasenose Arms. It’s a friendly 350 year old ‘local’ with a restaurant, contemporary en-suite accommodation to sleep 10, a 1/2 acre Beer Garden, regular live music, free wifi and a public laundry.


Monday to Thursday: 12pm – 11pm

Friday to Sunday: 12pm – Midnight