An Oxford pub frequented by Inspector Endeavour Morse has been named as having one of the nation’s best beer gardens due to its views. 

TimeOut released their list of the 12 ‘most beautiful UK beer gardens for pints with views’ on Friday, April 12, with a venue in the city featuring.

The Trout Inn located on Godstow Road near the picturesque Godstow Bridge was highlighted in the list for its stunning riverscape.

Coming in at number four, the Oxford location was beaten only by The Watering Hole in Perranporth, Fortune of War in Brighton and The Old Neptune in Whitstable.

“Perched right on the edge of the River Thames as it runs alongside Port Meadow, this historic Oxford watering hole has the kind of spacious beer garden dreams are made of, with views of the water and Godstow Bridge,” read the article entry.

Oxford Mail: The Trout Inn is located on Godstow Road in Oxford.The Trout Inn is located on Godstow Road in Oxford. (Image: Newsquest)

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The pub team were delighted to hear the news, but were not shocked given the pub’s reputation for its stunning natural views.

General manager Rhys Angwin said: “It is a good thing and I am not really surprised as it is really stunning.

“We are so fortunate to have the location and are so lucky to be on this lot of land with lots of different tables to seat so many guests.

“It is quite a seasonal site and we have become known for it and these surrounding views.

“People in the local area as well as from far and wide come to have a pint or enjoy some food at our venue because of the location.”

Oxford Mail: The pub was one of many visited by fictional character Inspector Morse.The pub was one of many visited by fictional character Inspector Morse. (Image: Photo: ITV)

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The pub is also famed for its connections with locally produced literature including Narnia and the Inspector Morse series of books.

A nearby monument apparently proved inspiration for the former while the latter also featured the pub on the small screen during the ITV television series of the same name.

“We have a large statue of a lion nearby on the island in the river which was supposedly the inspiration for Aslan in Narnia,” added Rhys.

“Colin Dexter frequented the pub a lot and writes about the pub a lot so Inspector Morse would often supposedly come here and have a pint.”

Oxford Mail: Pet peacock Krug outside The Trout Inn.Pet peacock Krug outside The Trout Inn. (Image: The Trout Inn)

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Staff and customers at Wolvercote watering hole also mourned the loss of their pet peacock in March of 2023.

Krug, named after the riverside pub's £155 bottle of Champagne, had lived there for about eight years and customers loved to take photos of him while enjoying a drink outside.

The plan is now to introduce some new peacocks to the site later on this year according to Rhys.

“We are looking at getting in a couple of new peacocks in this summer, a male and a female,” he revealed.