General info

About the name…

Brasenose Knocker

Brasenose door knocker.

Brasenose Arms gets its name from the Brasenose College, who used to own the property.

 Its name is believed to be derive from the name of a brass or bronze knocker that adorned the college hall’s door.

Hotel - Front View

 About the building..

The land was originally owned by Brasenose College in Oxford, hence the name. It is unique in as much as we are the only Pub in the country with the name ‘The Brasenose Arms’. Situated close to the Oxford Canal at Bridge 153, the Brasenose Arms is a perfect ‘stop off’ for hungry, thirsty waterway holiday makers needing a pint of fine ale, breakfast, lunch or dinner.

About us..

The Brasenose Arms is a family run business that is situated on the edge of the Cotwolds in the picturesque town of Cropredy.

This country bar and restaurant offers great meals everyday of the week from 12pm, and our chefs are friendly and always excited to cook for vegetarians or gluten-free customers. The 16th Century English pub hosts new Live bands on Saturday night and a fun filled quiz every Sunday night.

We also offer a comfortable Bed and Breakfast over-looking the large beer garden. We pride ourselves in offering a continental and hot breakfast to keep you full on your day out.

If you are just joining us for the day, please feel free to bring your dogs as all dogs are welcome on the premises.

About Cropredy..

Cropredy - Aerial

Cropredy is a village in Oxfordshire in England, five miles North of Banbury.

Cropredy stands on the West bank of the River Cherwell. It has Anglo-Saxon origins, and is recorded in the Domesday Book. The name of the village springs from the Saxon words cropp (a hill) and ridig (a stream). Its church, St Mary’s, is medieval and built of the local ironstone.

From 1519 onwards, Brasenose College, Oxford owned extensive property in Cropredy, a fact commemorated in the name of the pub * The Brasenose Arms. The village has another pub called The Red Lion; there are also several shops, a Post Office and a village school for children aged between 5 and 11 years.

To the West of the village runs the main railway line from Oxford to Birmingham. The line was built by the Great Western Railway and there was a station at Cropredy until the 1960s.


The village is bounded to the East by the Oxford Canal. There is a lock here, and at the South end of the village a wharf, originally built as a coal wharf. The canal connects the Coventry Canal to the River Thames and opened from Coventry in 1778, although it was not completed southward to Oxford until 1790. The canal runs beside the River Cherwell.

About Cropredy Bridge..

Cropredy Bridge, on the River Cherwell, has been a bridge on this site since at least 1312.

It was last rebuilt in 1937, and prior to this, in 1884 by local builder Thomas Cherry.

The Parliamentarian army crossed this bridge in the battle of 1644, heading east and north eastwards to engage the King’s troops.

It was the site of a major battle in 1644 during the English civil war. King Charles’ engaged the Parliamentarian army led by Sir William Waller. The battle was a stalemate; Parliamentarian side suffered heavy casualties but ultimately prevented the King’s forces from crossing the bridge. A plaque on the bridge bears the inscription:  Site of the Battle of Cropredy Bridge 1644. From Civil War deliver us.

From Wikipedia

About the Fairport Cropredy Convention Festival..

The Main stage at the Fairport Convention.

Cropredy hosts Britain’s (if not Europe’s) ‘friendliest’ music festival – Fairport’s Cropredy Convention.  It is held on farmland East of the village

This 3 day event is 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’..

Fairport Nine

Fairport Nine

This has been going since 1974 with many bands being featured  with Fairport Convention always headline on the Saturday night.

A lot of people camp there and, as it is a canal side village, many come to the festival on canal boats.

The 2007 festival was the 1st time that they sold all 20,000 tickets.


L-R Terry Donahue, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks, Dave Swarbrick and Trevor Lucas of Fairport Convention performing in the back garden of The Brasenose Arms, Cropredy, Oxfordshire on 22nd July 1973 while being filmed for The Old Grey Whistle Test. This event became the precursor for the annual Cropredy Festival. (Photo by Brian Cooke/Redferns)

About the Brasenose Fringe Festival..

The Brasenose holds a 3 day Fringe Festival during this time.  Please see our FFFestival page for more information on the bands that will be playing.  Here is a view of the enthusiastic fans, and an aerial view of the event.  Well worth a visit.  See you all there.

FFF - 2015 CrowdFFF - Aerial 2About the live Bands..

The Brasenose is well known for featuring good quality bands, and hold a wide variety of genres for many different tastes.  Keep an eye on our events tab, and on Facebook for upcoming events.


Cropredy Fesitval Site