England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
BlackHaddock (263) , England | November 25, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Beershine (681) The Sunshine State, Florida | July 23, 2013
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
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.
Brugmansia (343) Jylland, Denmark | April 18, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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 :-)
imdownthepub (372) Banbury, England | December 8, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
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.
lada66 (132) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I was lucky when I visited the place. There were beer festival going on...(19.6.2009).
Boudicca (524) London, England | February 22, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
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).
highoctane (11) Oxford, England | September 27, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
wellinformed (10) , England | April 5, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
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
rosenbergh (404) Helsinki, Finland | January 12, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
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.
Velkyal (70) Charlottesville, Virginia | September 7, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
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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