The Grocer Chef
The Grocer Chef

We are open Monday - Saturday.

The Grocer Chef kitchen opens at 8am serving breakfast until 11:30. Lunch is available 11:30-2pm at which time the kitchen closes.

We close at 3pm.

We have indoor seating and outdoor seating.


The Grocer Chef

High Street 

OX12 8PS


Tel: +44 (0) 1235 833237

We offer weekly lunch specials including our quiches and desserts

Click here to view them

We will be closed after breakfast on Saturday 15th June at 12pm. If you'd like to book a table to guarantee breakfast please give us a call 01235 833237.

Nicely brightened yellow interior 

Homemade shortbread biscuits with sweet centres with 2 heart shaped lollipops for Valentines 

Homemade Cottage Pies added to the

Specials board

Our Specials week commencing 8th January 2024!

Festive Menu available from Monday 4th December 2023 - Thursday 21st December 2023

Our famous Festive Baguettes are available from today until Thursday 21st December 2023 to Eat In or Take Away. 


A few other festive delights include our 

Festive Ploughman's,

a Festive Ice Cream Sundae,

Jewelled Fruit Cake with warm brandy sauce,

our Black Forest Cherry Hot Chocolate

& more ....


Book a table on 01235 833237

Festive Menu 2023
A menu designed to add a few festive touches whilst retaining our most popular favourites
December Festive Menu 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [226.0 KB]

Munchie Hot Chocolate  November 2023

We have the delicious Ginger Christmas Cake from Ardington Bakery available by the slice to enjoy with a hot drink with us or for you to take away and enjoy

We have a new local supplier of candles and diffusers in the shop, with a wide range of scents to treat yourself to or gift to others 

Jewelled Fruit Cake has been so popular we've added it to our Festive December Menu to enjoy as dessert with warm brandy sauce


January 2023


We are back open after Christmas and New Year and we are cooking again! Hot food from the main menu and weekly Specials. Made to order take aways are also available.  


October/November/December 2022


From Monday 31st October we will be opening from 9am and we will be offering a coffee shop service rather than the restaurant service we usually offer.


Refreshments will be available, cakes, savoury pastries and a variety of pre made sandwiches in the shop area. Customers are welcome to sit inside or out and everything will be served on disposable recyclable tableware.


Our opening hours will be 9-3pm during this time.


This will not be a permanent arrangement but please call us in advance if you plan to visit to check the service levels we are able to offer at that time 01235 833237.


We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are looking for a commited outgoing individual to work 9-3:30 Monday to Friday and every other Saturday. Part time considered for the right people but must be able to be here until after 3pm. Busy friendly shop, cafe and restaurant with indoor and outside eating, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas, ice cream sundaes and more. The role will involve making barista drinks, waiting tables, washing up, serving customers, cash handling, making icecream sundaes, general cleaning and any other adhoc duties required. If you enjoy being busy in a varied role please drop us an email or pop in

We have started to offer weekly Specials again and desserts. We've had gammon, scampi, omelette, beef chilli, syrup sponge, ginger sponge. At this moment we have Apple Pie & Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake. Images below from the last 2 weeks. Quiches and salads are now back on the main menu as well. Call to find out what we are offering this week! Menu

Part Time Job Vacancy


Experienced in customer service, licensed cafe/restaurant staff required. Very busy environment working within a small team. Must be energetic, polite, friendly and outgoing. Willing to train in any areas required. Role includes barista, serving customers, pot wash, cleaning etc. Experience preferred. Must be able to work between 9-3:30 Monday-Saturday. Transport required due to village location. Email for further information.

We will be closing at 12pm on Thursday 23rd December 2021 and reopening on Thursday 6th January 2022 at 8am. We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year and to say thank you for your support this year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022. 


Best wishes,

The Grocer Chef Team

We are open with indoor seating in the cafe and at the coffee bar for plated food, as well as in the garden. We are still operating a reduced menu for breakfast and lunch but sandwiches, baguettes, panini's, wraps, jacket potatoes etc are available along and from Monday 4th October we have our homemade soups and quiches available! Different flavours available throughout the week. 



Unfortunately we can not currently allow dogs inside. If you would like to bring your dog please book a table for outside. Apologies for any inconvenience. 


If you would like to book a table inside or out please call us on 01235 833237. 

Ice CreamMilkshakes available now! Topped with cream & a Cadbury's flake



A 1.5mile walk around the village, working out clues, looking for wildlife and returning to us for refreshments. Purchase instore. Approx. 1 hour to complete.   


Plus NEW Picnic, Tapas, Ploughmans boxes, ice cream flavours and soft drinks range on it's way - April 2021!

We now take preorders for our homemade weekly Specials, a week in advance. They vary each week.

If you would like to be informed each week please email us and ask to be added to our mailing list. Alternatively please keepan eye out on our Facebook page 

Takeaway Menu 2021
temp take away menu 2021.pdf
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Grocery Order Process 2021 for collection & delivery
Grocery Order Process 2021.pdf
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Vegetable Boxes
Vegetable Boxes.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [193.7 KB]
Afternoon Tea Box Menu
Afternoon Tea Box Menu 2021.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [419.2 KB]
Homemade Quiche Ordering Info
Quiche Ordering.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [230.2 KB]
Continental Breakfast Box
Breakfast Box.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [497.9 KB]
NEW Picnic Box Order Form
A basic picnic box with delicious fresh food in. Choose your drinks in the shop when you collect or enjoy ice cream after lunch
Picnic Box.docx
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NEW Tapa Box Order Form
New Tapas order form to return to
Tapas Box Order Ford.docx
Microsoft Word document [10.1 KB]
Ploughman's Box Order Form
Ploughmans Box Order Form.docx
Microsoft Word document [5.5 KB]

We have completely stocked the shop to create a minimart to enable our customers to do their complete weekly shop with us. We have lots of fresh produce including fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, homemade quiches, sausage rolls, home cooked ham by the slice, frozen goods, alcohol and much more. You are welcome to visit and browse, to select your own items or we are offering a collection service. If you decide to visit we are operating a policy of only 2 customers at a time, to help ensure the 2 metre distancing rules can be adhered to and we ask our customers to be aware of the space around them. We provide hand sanitiser for our customers to use whilst instore and before they leave. Everything including baskets are cleaned constantly throughout the day.


Our collection service enables you to email us with your list and we do our best to obtain all of the items on it. We frequently will have all items instore and therefore we can liaise with you regarding collection asap. Orders that require us to obtain items, have a turnaround time of 48 hours so we urge customers to order in advance. You will receive frequent communication from ourselves whilst your order is processed. Payment can be made online by bank transfer and collection arranged at a convenient time for you, during our opening hours. Any questions please ring us on 01235 833237, we'll be very happy to help. 

An inspiring outlook that we could all learn from ...

One young villager winning her school competition for highlighting a more sustainable lifestyle during lockdown and after. Every single person can make a difference. Shop locally, reduce your plastic waste, refill, cut emissions, recycle, be kind. 

Welcome to The Grocer Chef

The Grocer Chef is a warm and welcoming venue who welcome well behaved dogs and children, set in the beautiful rural village of Ardington. The establishment consists of a licensed tearoom, open from 8am until 4pm Monday and Saturday. We serve a variety hot and cold foods and drinks, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea as well as home made cakes and delicious scoop ice creams. We offer unique products as well that you won't find anywhere in the local area. We want to provide our customers with something different whilst enjoying a comfortable environment. We are also a general store, which is always stocked with a range of food and alcohol as well as newspapers and magazines, household items and pet food. Takeaway food is also available and the garden provides a picturesque alternative to indoor seating. We welcome lone individuals and can also accommodate large groups. We are a great place to meet for any purpose and you won't be disappointed by your visit and what you find.

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