Kings Arms (Young’s) | Oxford, Oxfordshire
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Kings Arms (Young’s)
Exceptional based on 13 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

40 Holywell Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire England OX1 3SP [ print map ]
01865 242369

youngs.co.uk/pub-detail.asp?PubID=420

Hours: Daily 1030am to midnight


Mayor: imdownthepub (1) | Taps: ~8 | Bottles: ~20


Kings Arms (Young’s)

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Beer Available At Kings Arms (Young’s) (arranged by most recent)
Youngs Winter Warmer (Cask) 61, Youngs Bitter (Cask) 44, Youngs Hummingbird 40, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout 98
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13 reviews for Kings Arms (Young’s)
 Ambiance  74%
 Service  65%
 Selection  60%
 Food  64%
 Value  58%
 Overall  64%
 Rating  70%
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68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr  (1374) Washington, Washington DC | October 1, 2011
Packed with students, but service was still pretty good. Large-ish range of beers. Decent food. OK place smack in the middle of the university.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (617) London, England | February 22, 2012
A multi-roomed Young’s pub, popular with students. The King’s Arms sits in a Georgian building at a busy corner in the centre of Oxford. It’s multi-roomed, light and airy and quite studenty (one of the colleges apparently has a room upstairs), with a smaller locals’ type bar at one side. It’s a little threadbare and frayed at the edges but has a comfortable, lived in feel. They serve meals and snacks which weren’t great but did the trick. We had pork pies which were taken from the fridge (where I imaging they had been defrosting) already on a plate and wrapped in cling film. (Visited 7 January 2012).
60
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
Fin  (491) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 10, 2011
A pub with an interesting layout with a choice of rooms ranging from the snug and cosy to the busy and boisterous. Beer range is from the Wells & Young stable and supplemented by Bath Ales, beer is usually in decent nick. Situated in a very pretty area of Oxford in terms of architecture and close to the likes of the White Horse and Turf so worth popping in. I wouldn’t go out of my way to rush in here for the beer as it isn’t that exciting but the quality is good and the pub is usually vibrant and interesting.
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh  (414) Helsinki, Finland | January 11, 2011
Big, popular and crowded pub. At least it was on Friday night. Mostly Young’s on 8 casks.
62
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub  (398) Banbury, England | December 25, 2012
Popular student pub, handily situated at the end of Broad Street between The White Horse and The Turf Tavern. Owned by the now non Brewers, Youngs so gets the Wells produced copies now. Loads of small rooms towards the back with a corridor linking them to the main bar. Generally around 4 Real Ales on plus a range of bottles. Lately Bath Ales have been providing the guest beer. It is generally a scrum at the bar to get served and for some reason, it appears to be cool to pay by card in here which slows the whole process down. The upstairs rooms are student accommodation, hence its popularity, it’s actually owned by Wadham College. The outside seating is very popular too.
Update Dec ’12. Very busy and popular pub. The beer has improved recently, lots of character. Very Good.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Rune  (360) Tromsø, Norway | April 24, 2008
Spacious and comprehensive Youngs pub with different rooms, one for billiard and one library for a quiet retreat, among others. Eight on cask, including two guest ales (from Hidden and St. Austell in mid-March). Located at the very end of Broad Street right between White Horse and Turf Tavern – very short walking distance if you find yourselves on a pub crawl. The toilets were found alright, and I had a really good time here during my visit on 16th March 08.
20
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 2/20
BlackHaddock  (286) , England | December 17, 2013
Managed to squeeze in (6 of us) on our pub crawl on 23rd Nov 2013. Seemed popular and lively, if a bit basic and wooden inside where we were. The ladies wanted a bottle of White Wine while I had a Youngs Bitter and something from Cornwall (a St Austell brew). Quality was fine Staff annoyed me: Rioja is a region apparently, who’d have thought it? Young kids talking down me doesn’t go down well and we left as soon as I’d drank my halves.
62
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil  (276) Tallinn, Estonia | January 17, 2010
Great pub for lunches, but make sure you get your order in early - they’re popular. Snugs are great, but even the open areas have character. Best selection of Youngs beers outside London in my experience.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
A very nice place to some pints in the city centre. Cotleigh 25 4,0% was my choice (20.6.2009).
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield  (106) Roseville, Minnesota | January 28, 2004
One of my favorite places to drink, and I still haven't tried all of the Youngs beers. There is usually a guest (it has been Archers in recent times) but with beers like the Double Chocolate Stout, I haven't usually opted for that. Unusually complete range of bottles, such as Lords. The food is decent and pretty reliable, and you can bring kids into the non-smoking family room, which makes this a particularly inviting place for tourists and for Sunday afternoon when you don't want to end up smelling like an ashtray.

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