The Sweet Olive
The villagers said a fond farewell to Stephane Brun and Olivier & Stephanie Bouet who left the Sweet Olive after 12 years of fantastic food, service, fun and hard work.
As the editor of the Village News said:
“The Sweet Olive became the centre of village life, a fixed place in the village firmament, (a bit like Church, but with a bigger choice of food and wine), where if a meeting was required, that would be the venue. They embraced village life to the full, and became synonymous with many innovative charity events. The Boules day has become a fixture in the village calendar, and of course the unmatched and unmatchable, Astonathlon, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds. They supported all the existing village events with donations of food and meals; became sponsor and home of the Astons Cricket Club, and hosted any number of village club and society dinners. They also created Le Shop and even raised money for the defibrillator (in the pub car park in case you need it!)”.On behalf of all the villagers we wish you the best of luck with your new adventures.
We welcome Debbie, the new licensee to the villages. She is pleased to announce that the pub is now open 7 days a week at lunchtime and evening for food and drink. Food is available everyday from noon to 2.30pm (Sunday until 3pm) and 6.30pm to 9pm. She will a serve traditional roast lunch every Sunday.
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An Introduction to the Villages
The two villages lie to the north of the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire, just off the A417 and three miles from the market towns of Wallingford and Didcot.
Both these villages have been inhabited since people first made their way along the ancient track known as The Ridgeway that is about three miles south on the Downs. The villages have a population of about 600 and are a lively and engaging environment for the local community who live here.
The villages sit right next to each other and behave as one community although there are formally two parish councils! Plenty of attractive and traditional cob walling, thatch cottages and flint and brick houses add to the ambiance of the villages and provide much historical and visual interest.
There are a number of useful commercial activities in the village, including The Chequers Inn with a French restaurant, The Sweet Olive, The Chequers Garage, PPP weekly Pilates classes, Something for the Weekend home baking and garden services.
You can download our Brief for New Arrivals to the Astons document here, which summarises much of the information on this site and includes and includes other useful notes on this beautiful area which is part of the North Wessex Downs AONB.