Fin (728) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | May 30, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I visited here on Thursday 28th May 2015, it must have been my first time back here for about 3 years I reckon. Whilst this place is still a rare outlet for Cotswold brewery, other than that, the beer range has changed markedly in the time since my last visit. There were seven Cotswold beers incl: a Cotswold cider on keg as well as Westmalle Dubbel, Kwak, Brewdog 5AM Saint, Bellerose Biere Blonde Extra and Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier, in addition to this there were two beers on cask, handpump Vale Red Kite was one of the offerings, the other pump looked unused today, but most impressively there are also about 50 bottles and cans incl: Rochefort, Orval, La Trappe amongst a pretty decent selection. The Jam Factory is situated close to the railway station on the corner of Fridewide Square, at the time of my visit this whole Square is being massively redeveloped, so itís a bit of a building site. I guess from the centre of town you are talking of a 6-7 minutes brisk walk. The Jam Factory is an attractive building as the name suggests it was once a jam/marmalade factory, in fact the famous Frank Cooper jams (still going strong) were made here. The site is a little bit of a rabbit warren, you access it from the Hollybush Row side of the building. The Jam Factory describes itself as a modern european art gallery, restaurant and bar and there is a very arty feel about the place. I sat close to the bar further back there were lots of tables many of which will probably be occupied by diners later, you could also sit in the courtyard if you wished. I quite like this place, it has upped itís game on the beer front and offers a beery diversion for a part of town that you might not necessarily frequent, save for catching a train.
imdownthepub (605) Banbury, England | August 2, 2014
30 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 6/20
Aug í14. Rating 30. Very little atmosphere or much in the beer range any more. No longer recommending this place.
Dec í12 rating 60.Restaurant and bar handily placed for the Railway Station that gives off an aura of cool and chic. Spread through the old marmalade factory there are lots of little alcoves for privacy, there is more of a hum rather than a jolly place though. A reasonable range of bottled beers to be had with imported USAís as well as Belgian and German. The tap choices are mostly from the Cotswold Brewery plus a couple of more unusual imports. We pop in on the way back to the railway station from time to time.
Re Rate April í14. rating 54 Unfortunately the range is diminishing somewhat, certainly less interesting now. Still has the feel but we would be less likely to visit now.