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chriso (476) London, England | February 19, 2015
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited on 7 January 2012. Just a few steps from the main shopping drag but hidden down an alleyway, fronted by a courtyard so it manages to retain a modicum of seclusion. Now owned by Nicholsons so you may well find somethng worth drinkng, if not madly esoteric, there. Unfortunately only four of the seven pumps had anything on them on this visit, possibly because it was early in the New Year and they hadnít bothered to fully restock yet. Two winners for me though so not too bad. Itís a nice old building but the interior lacked something in character, having been made over in standard Nicholsons style. A potentially useful option in Oxford city centre but, on this showing, judgement reserved.
imdownthepub (681) Banbury, England | November 11, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Re Rate Nov í14, 68. More emphasis on the real ales of late and an improvement on service so an improvement on my rating reflects this.
Centrally located historic pub near the Carfax tower in Oxford. There has been a pub on this site since 1364 in different guises around the courtyard, it was reputedly a favourite of William Shakespeare on his frequent stays in Oxford. Now owned by Nicholsonís, it has been extensively renovated within the past few years and now offers a good range of beers, both local and from breweries across the UK. The food is sought out and good value for itís location.
Re Rate July í13, 62. Very popular, the courtyard gets packed on warm evenings. Service is a little slow at times, the occasional Nicholsonís special on Hand Pull. After a promising start it is now a fairly standard pub.
Brugmansia (481) Jylland, Denmark | January 11, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited this pub 23/10-2011 with some great beerfriends.
Another old citycenter pub in Oxford, placed 10 steps away from the street ( many town pubs in Oxford are ).
Typical Nicholson pub, with some different beers on tap, good condition on the beers. We didnīt eat, but you can get traditionel pub food..
Fin (757) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 16, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
I was convinced that I rated this place, never mind here goes. This was somewhere where until very recently Iíd probably not been to for some 15-20 years because it had been something of a dive, however things are gradually on the up now and this along with the Chequers on The High Street are now both Nicholsons establishments. I prefer The Chequers to this, but that said this is a rarity in that it is a place on Cornmarket where you can get a decent pint. I find the choice to be not as good as The Chequers and the bar staff on occasions seem to be a little surly, but the beers has always been decent and it is a tidy, interesting pub down an alley/cul-de-sac. Worth popping your head into but donít expect too much. Last visit here was Friday 14th September 2012.
Boudicca (986) London, England | February 22, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Another Nicholsonís pub in an old coaching in the city centre..
The Crown is a busy town centre pub down an alleyway off one of the main pedestrian shopping streets. It has 7 handpumps, 3 of which were off when we visited.
Like the Chequers, the building is side on to the street and it has a courtyard outside. Inside the main bar is long and narrow, with a polished wooden floor. Thereís a black and white beamed ceiling and more intimate rooms at either end of the bar, one with a flagstone floor and one with a carpet.
(Visited 7 January 2012).
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