The Spread Eagle Hotel

The Spread Eagle HotelSince the 16th century, The Spread Eagle has hosted historic guests such as King Charles II and the writer Evelyn Waugh. Today it offers a warm welcome, excellent food, free parking and free Wi-Fi. The Spread Eagle is in the heart of historic Thame, famous for its 1-mile-long (1.6 km) Main Street. With a rich history, the hotel’s guests have included royalty, famous politicians, writers and even French prisoners from the Napoleonic wars. The Spread Eagle was made famous by the unusual John Fothergill, who owned the hotel in the 1920s. He wrote about this in the popular book, “An Innkeepers Diary”. Fothergill believed in the highest standards of food and service – this tradition continues in The Spread Eagle’s Eden Bar and Grill. A fresh new English menu is served, including a reassuring ‘comfort cooking’ section. The fantastic city of Oxford is within easy reach, along with the historic town of Aylesbury. For shopping addicts, Bicester Outlet Village is only minutes away.
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Hotel details

The Eden Suite is available for conferences, banquets and private dinners. Syndicate rooms are also available, the room capacities are: Augustus Room: 20 guests. Eden Bar and Grill: 65 guests. The Eden Suite: 200 guests. Civil Marriages can be performed in one of the 5 licensed rooms and the staff can help you plan your special day and advise on all those extra services, such as car hire, cakes, flowers, DJs and bands.

General information

Rating : 3 stars
Size : 35 rooms
Currency : GBP


  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Newspapers
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Parking
  • Heating
  • Luggage Storage
  • All Public and Private spaces non-smoking


  • Golf Course (within 3 km)


  • Room Service
  • Meeting/Banquet Facilities
  • Laundry
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Breakfast in the Room
  • Bridal Suite
  • Internet Services
  • Packed Lunches
  • Fax/Photocopying
  • Wi-Fi/Wireless LAN
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Included


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Food & Beverages

The Eden Bar and Grill is open 7 days a week with a traditional lunch menu available on Sundays. Enjoy a candlelit supper for 2 whilst watching the world go by, or take time out to celebrate that special occasion with family, friends or colleagues.

Please confirm group bookings with the hotel.


Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. 


Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed). 


Pets are not allowed. 

Location & area


16/17 Cornmarket, Thame.
OX9 2BW Oxford, Oxfordshire

Travel information

By Car: The Spread Eagle Hotel is located on the A418, 13-miles from Oxford and 10-miles from Aylesbury. It is 6-miles from the M40, junction 8 north or junction 6 south. By Train: London Paddington or London Marylebone to Haddenham/Thame Parkway or Princess Risborough. By Air: Heathrow 36 miles Birmingham 59 miles. Parking is available on-site.

Area information

Local Attractions: - Oxford houses a fusion of historic buildings with a lively city centre. The city offers prestigious museums and family attractions, plus a generous variety of shops. Punting and cruising make popular summer pastimes, whilst guided walking tours and bus tours are available all year round. Parks and meadows in and around the city centre are peaceful places in which to walk, picnic or simply admire the views. - The birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a truly impressive, very large residence set amid 2,300 acres of landscaped grounds. - Waddesdon Manor: built on a hilltop overlooking the Aylesbury Vale, it is the last remaining complete example of 'le style Rothschild'. The House combines the highest quality French furniture, textiles and decorative arts from the 18th century with magnificent English portraits and Dutch Old Masters. There are many local leisure facilities nearby, including country walks, riding, golf, corporate games, Mattock Rose Gardens, Rycote Chapel, Claydon, Hughenden and Waddesdon Manors, Waterperry Horticultural Centre and the villages of the Vale of Aylesbury and Thames Valley.

Hotel policies

Cancellation Policy

If cancelled up to 1 day before the date of arrival, no fee will be charged.  If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the first night will be charged. 

Deposit Policy

No deposit will be charged. 

VAT and city/tourist taxes

17.5 % VAT is included.  Service charge is not applicable.  City/tourist tax is not applicable. 

Meal Plan

Full English breakfast is included in the room rate. 

Children and Extra Bed Policy

All children are welcome.  All children under 1 year stay free of charge when using existing bedding.  All children under 2 years are charged GBP 8.95 per night per person for cots.  All older children or adults are charged GBP 15 per night per person for extra beds.  Maximum capacity of extra beds/babycots in a room is 2. 

Please note that in case specific policies apply to a particular room or rate, the specific room/rate policy prevails over the general hotel policy