Far From the Madding Crowd (Free) | Oxford, Oxfordshire
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Far From the Madding Crowd (Free)
Exceptional based on 19 ratings
Type: Bar

10-12 Friars Entry
Oxford, Oxfordshire England OX1 2BY [ print map ]
01865 240 900

maddingcrowd.co.uk

Hours: Mon-Wed 1130-230; Thurs-Sat 1130-midn; Sun 12-2230


Mayor: imdownthepub (4) | Taps: 6 | Bottles: ~10



Converted Shop in Town Centre. Oxford Pub of the Year in 2013.

Far From the Madding Crowd (Free)

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Beer Available At Far From the Madding Crowd (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Salopian Automaton 93, Wall’s Northallerton Dark , Grafton Prowler , Lincoln Green Sheriff , Newark IPA , Ciren Bells Bitter , Bartrams Megalithic Ale , Brunswick Rocket , Holdens Some Like it Blonde , Celt Experience Celt Brigid Fire 85, Heavy Industry High Voltage , Crouch Vale Yakima Gold 85, Yates Undercliff Experience 30, North Star Trailblazer , Bays Summer Ale , Grafton Love A ’Duc’
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19 reviews for Far From the Madding Crowd (Free)
 Ambiance  65%
 Service  73%
 Selection  72%
 Food  64%
 Value  68%
 Overall  67%
 Rating  76%
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  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 8/20
BlackHaddock  (286) , England | November 25, 2013
The worst Real Ale we had on our city centre pubcrawl on 23rd Nov 203. The large single roomed bar was almost empty (at 17:00), every other pub before and after were packed. We (6 of us) couldn’t even get into a couple of them because of the crowds: this should tell you something about the place. Good selection of cask ales but the quality and condition was very poor and the only atmosphere was generated by us. Very disappointed with it.
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  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
Beershine  (698) The Sunshine State, Florida | July 23, 2013
They play awful, awful music. Feels like shopping at Forever 21. The beers were not in impressive form and disappointing for a Cask Marque. Atmosphere weak, but can see how it could be fun for larger groups or break from the quieter traditional pubs.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Brugmansia  (357) Jylland, Denmark | April 18, 2013
Visited 23/10-2011 on our pubcrawl tour with Loz and Fin. Another city pub, a bit away from the main street, and it doesn´t look as a traditionel pub. Very friendly staff, and lots of small tables. We were that lucky to come by a day where there was a cider festival on, so we were almost singing when leaving the place, after all these great ciders we had :-)
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
imdownthepub  (401) Banbury, England | December 8, 2012
Last, but definitely not least, on the Oxford centre pub crawl. This is a new venture for the previous Licensees of the Bookbinders. My biggest doubt about it would be its lack of sense of belonging, as with its name it is a work of fiction, it is a converted shop and has all the ambiance of a Macpub. I won’t dwell on that though because it strength is its beer and the knowledge of the owners of how to keep and serve it. It is a pub that hopefully will settle into its surroundings and is a valuable addition to the thriving Oxford Beer scene.
The Madding improves every year. Recently voted Oxford Pub of the Year for 2012 / 13 and deservedly so.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
I was lucky when I visited the place. There were beer festival going on...(19.6.2009).
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (625) London, England | February 22, 2012
A down to earth community pub with a small but choice selection of interesting beers. Far from the Madding Crowd is quite different to any of the other pubs we visited in Oxford. For a start, it’s in a relatively modern looking building that resembles a renovated factory. It’s also decidedly more town than gown – there were no tourists (apart from us) and it feels very much like a local community place with its rather Spartan décor and adverts for quiz and curry night on Sundays. It has only five hand pumps and one gravity cider box but every one of them was interesting and well chosen. I really liked it. (Visited 7 January 2012).
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
highoctane  (11) Oxford, England | September 27, 2011
A nice change from the usual Oxford pub. Rarely any tourists, modern setting, and a good selection of well kept and constantly rotating ales. The food is the usual pub grub. I generally end up here when I’m in the area and feel like sitting down with a pint and a book. Can get a little busy on the usual nights but generally calm and relaxed.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
wellinformed  (10) , England | April 5, 2011
Always a great selection of well kept ales with often some real gems.I like the modern interior, after all why try and pretend to be an old inn when you are not. For serious ale lovers this place is a must when in Oxford
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh  (415) Helsinki, Finland | January 12, 2011
Big hall like interior, not that interesting. What makes this place worth a visit is the cask selection. 6 casks from quite interesting brewerys such as Elgood’s, Clark’s, Elland, Sadler’s... Quite loud Saturday night 9 pm. Lots of students. Good and knowledgeable service.
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
Velkyal  (70) Gordonsville, Virginia | September 7, 2010
Nice place to hang out with a book and have several pints without breaking the bank. Beers constantly change as it is a free house and they care for their beer well.

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