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Beer Available At Lamb and Flag (Free) (arranged by most recent)
imdownthepub (253) Banbury, England | December 23, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Number 6 on the Oxford Centre Pub crawl and a good walk from No. 5.
This is a Free House owned by St. Johns College and hence frequented by the dreaded Students, though they are generally harmless. This is a rare, particularly for this part of the country, outlet for Skinners beers and also a regular Palmers. Always an interesting choice on tap, the beers are always top notch. There has been a long term connection with literary matters in this pub, from Tolkein (very topical at this time), through CS Lewis to another Morse story, although these are also shared with the pub opposite, a bit of a boozy lot these writing folk! i think in all of Oxford, this is my long time favourite pub, I have been going there for 20 years or more!
Update Dec í12 - This remains a studenty pub, but also a good mix of people. Always pretty busy, the beer remains pretty good mostly with changing guest beers> Iím still happy with my previous rating which isnít bad after 8 yrs. Always worth a visit.
lada66 (131) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A nice and cozy place with good real ales. Palmerís Lamb & Flag Gold 4,5% was the special one (19.6.2009).
Fin (368) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 2, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Another regular on any Oxford jaunt and usually a pub that will throw up a number of good offerings. Situated on the wide St Giles Street and across the road from the historic Eagle & Child, the Lamb usually has the better beers (though not always) and the Eagle & Child has the better atmosphere I think. I have never felt entirely comfortable in this pub, despite the various choices of places to sit and sup. The service has ranged from very good to distinctly off-hand at times (though this is often the case in many Oxford pubs) This isnít one of my favourite Oxford pubs though it is often worth popping in to see what is available. A 5 min walk from the end of Cornmarket with maybe a stop in Far From the Madding Crowd on the way.
Boudicca (373) London, England | February 22, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A rambling, lively pub with a reasonable beer selection.
The Lamb and Flag is almost opposite the Eagle and Child on a wide two lane road leading north out of Oxford. Thereís a traditional, homely bar in the middle, sandwiched between a relatively modern light wood panelled room at the front (also with a bar) and more rooms at the back, one of which was completely deserted.
There was a mix of clientele - town and gown in equal measure Ė and it was quite lively early on a Saturday evening. Apparently itís owned by St Johnís College, which has also run it as a free house since 1999 and the profits from the pub go towards a post graduate scholarship fund.
(Visited 7 January 2012).
rosenbergh (334) Helsinki, Finland | January 11, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Quite big but still packed with students on Friday night. Hot and humid. Rather interesting beers in casks.
jercraigs (234) Toronto, Ontario | August 14, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
2010-07-27. Long skinny English pub. Has a lot of character but I found it overly warm and disproportionately loud considering the small number of people in it. The back room is a touch quieter than up front but has less character. Some interesting taps and casks but nothing was particularly good of what we tried. No food service when we were there looking for dinner so we didnít stay long. I preferred the atmosphere at the Eagle and Child across the street, but there are more casks here if you are looking to pick up new English ratings.
FatPhil (251) Tallinn, Estonia | January 17, 2010
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Another good sunday lunch pub. More interesting beer selection than the average decent Oxford pub, but far short of he Turf, for example. Can be a bit bustley with students during amateursí drinking times.
ladnewton (144) London, England | June 10, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
I finished a crawl here on 29th April 2009, making sure to leave time to relax over three well-chosen pints.
Vale "Haddaís Spring Gold" 4.6%.
Hoppy and packed with flavour, lingering fruit and hop notes intertwining in a deliciously spectral chord of flavour. Worth pausing between sips to experience the long and satisfying finish.
Skinners "Betty Stogs Bitter" 4.0%
Classic, rounded yet full-flavoured Cornish ale, on its best form with a creaminess of flavour mildly salient over a delicate balance of malt and hop. There were notes of clotted cream in the finish, over which I was waxing lyrical.
Vale "VPA" 4.2%
Excellent, refreshing ale, a little above session strength but highly quaffable nevertheless. Hoppy, bitter and flavoursome in many other subtle directions, with fruity notes in the finish.
Sitting at the bar made it very easy to start a conversation and I enjoyed the company of a local drinker named Mike who had a great depth of knowledge and experience to share in the field of beer and pubs.
I was really glad to have finished in the Lamb and Flag, and would also like to comment on the pleasantness of the staff (all of them) and how relaxed the pub was at closing time which for me is very important.
I could easily have revisted the pub tonight and done it all again. Fully deserving of a high rating.
JoeMcPhee (465) Toronto, ON, Ontario | September 9, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Spent an evening in here with a friend at the end of an Oxford pub crawl. Had a lovely plate of sausage and mash. Prices for the food were pretty fair. Beers are in good condition and the pub itself has a lot of character. Good selection as well. Took quite a long time to get our food but otherwise, no complaints at all. The second best place in town, after The Turf.
mabel (211) Toronto, Ontario | August 10, 2008
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited on a quiet Tuesday afternoon in September 2007. Across the street from itís sister rival, the Eagle, the Lamb is comparatively open concept with two large rooms (one with a high ceiling), a long wrap-around bar, red curtains, brown wooden decor and decorations of little flags and crests about the bar. The young bartenders were disinterested but more or less helpful in procuring beverages. Beer selection is good with interesting casks and others on tap. Overall, an intriguing stop.
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