England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
imdownthepub (562) Banbury, England | September 3, 2014
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
New rating Sep í14. Recently the pub has been closed for an update and redecoration. There is a cleaner feel to it now and a bar added in the upstairs dining area. On re opening the staff are very thinly spread, the barman was also serving tables yesterday so getting a beer was very slow. All the beers are from the Nicholsonís, M&B list, so nothing too unusual.
Dec í11Lovely old building in an old medieval passageway off High Street. The building itself dates to around 1500, it is a conversion of old dwellings which gives it a higgledy piggledy look. The beers have improved of late and although it attracts some of the younger crowd, there is generally the odd quiet place if you push through from the doorway. The courtyard is very popular on warmer evenings. Another pub where it is difficult to get served though. Overall, very much worth a visit.
BlackHaddock (406) , England | December 17, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very impressed with this place: 23rd Nov 2013, one of many on a heavy and long crawl.
We sat upstairs (6 of us) and had plenty of room, the place however was packed to the rafters. A good mix of clientele with a well behaved younger crowd being the largest grouping.
Good beer selection: I had halves from Orkney, Brains, Great Heck, Rudgate, Daleside and Ilkley. All in good condition. The staff were very good considering the workload and managed to be both pleasant and swift in their delivery of the beers on each order.
We also had a selection of their food: everything was devoured and enjoyed, mostly unhealthy fried stuff, but fine all the same. Toilets across the courtyard/smokers area, clean and non-smelling, so another plus for the pub.
BOSSbrewer (111) Arkansas | October 6, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Went here during some British Beer Festival thing. They had 15 casks! The bartender gave me a flight of all 15 of them, and labeled each glass with a post-it-note. Holy cow! And the food was excellent. Very, very pleasantly surprised by this place. Doesnít look like much from the outside, but it is great.
Beershine (795) The Sunshine State, Florida | July 23, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Highly touristed, detracting somewhat from the ambiance but the servers are patient and take it in stride. Very good selection.
ladnewton (167) London, England | April 26, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited on 24th April 2013 on start of Oxford crawl. Historic Nicholsons pub in a coaching inn, accessible through a small alleyway off the high street. 10 hand pumps serving ales from a mix of of brewery sizes from regionals to micros. The two beers I tried included Peerless All American which I found somewhat disappointing, however other ratings of this ale suggest the beer, rather than the pub, underdelivers. Friendly staff. I had eaten very well elsewhere and thus did not sample their menu. 70s to 90s background music at a comfortable level. Pub naturally divides into several drinking areas, and is worth a visit on its architectural merit alone.
eisnoton (23) Athens, Greece | April 11, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting casks in a nice old building. The courtyard is overcrowded when the weather is warm.
Fin (700) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 2, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A regular on my jaunt around the towns better pubs, and one that if anything has improved following the acquisition by Nicholsons. I note that they try to avoid having the same offerings at the same time as the Crown which is the other Nicholson pub around the corner on Cornmarket. I love the olde worlde reception type hall when you enter from the alley and I like the quirkiness of it, being a wonderful alley pub, like the Wheatsheaf, aforementioned Crown and the Turf. Usually about 8-10 handpumps and often with something from Theakstons available, I have also seen Brewdog Punk IPA at a ridiculously cheap £3.00 a pint (or just over that price) within the last couple of years. A pub well worth investigating and one that has a number of other good pubs in close proximity.
Boudicca (900) London, England | February 22, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A Nicholsonís pub in an old coaching inn.
The Chequers is down a narrow cobbled alley which opens out onto an enclosed courtyard. Itís set side on to the alley and you first enter a great hall with ornate coving. To the right is the bar, with a low ceiling, and snug with comfy armchairs and a quarry tiled floor; to the left thereís a grand staircase leading up to a galleried area with a space at the back that might once have been a chapel and yet another gallery overlooking the courtyard.
They have 10 hand pumps and 13 keg taps with a good selection of beers. Itís less ďcorporateĒ than some places in the Nicholsonís chain Ė somehow more earthy Ė but not as cosy or atmospheric as it could be, perhaps because of the presence of a fruit machine in the hall and the fact that none of the fires were lit, despite it being a bitterly cold January day.
(Visited 7 January 2012).
yesmaybe (6) , England | June 11, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
One of the older pubs in the centre of Oxford and gained my custom recently as they serve food all day. It has that typical managed feel and lost some of itís character from back in the day, but a decent layout, good range of beers on offer but not so well kept, plus an interesting food menu with a special sausage board. The staff are a bit over friendly, we counted both the ílandlordí and his junior use ímateí about 20 times in 10 minutes. "Alright mate, here you are mate, thatís fouar parnd sevenee mate" Thank you very much, sir.
rosenbergh (531) Tampere, Finland | January 12, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Big and spacious pub. Slightly touristic. Iím not quite sure if itís all authentic but quite cozy anyhow. 8 casks, quite interesting ones too.
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