Lamb and Flag (Free) | Oxford, Oxfordshire
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Lamb and Flag (Free)
Exceptional based on 18 ratings
Type: Bar

12 St. Giles
Oxford, Oxfordshire England OX1 1JS [ print map ]
01865 515 787

Hours: 11 - 11 Mon to Sat, 12 - 10:30 Sun

Mayor: imdownthepub (4) | Taps: 7 | Bottles: ?

Lamb and Flag (Free)

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Late Knights Old Red Eyes 50, Gun Dog Booze Hound , Aylesbury Double Think , Tring Old Wisent , Cambridge Moonshine Reach for the Moon , Elland Summit for the Weekend , Rudgate Perles of Wisdom , Tiny Rebel Billabong Aussie Summer Ale 83, Tring White Stork , Blue Bee pUnKtuation # 7: ⁄ Solidus , Palmers Best Bitter 36, Palmers Dorset Gold 37, Theakston Old Peculier (Cask) 92, Celt Experience / Otley Barbarians Beverage 87
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18 reviews for Lamb and Flag (Free)
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  64%
 Selection  71%
 Food  60%
 Value  68%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock  (286) , England | December 17, 2013
1st Pub on what turned out to be a long and most enjoyable Pub Crawl around Oxford on 23rd Nov 2013. Olde Worlde feel to this place and just lovely. We sat in the back bar, the front being full of people eating, or so it seemed. Good selection of Cask Ales and glass fronted fridges with a choice of International bottles. Actually the women all had a little bottle of Prosecco each while I had a beer from Slaters (a surprise to see one in Oxford), the barman saying they had their beers on a regular basis. My son-in-law had a bottled De Koninck in a Bollika and my son some lager or other! A huge party of well dressed country chaps (tweeds, Barbour jackets, etc, etc) came in while we were there and we bumped into them on and off all day as we both did our crawls. This is on everyones circuit it would seem.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub  (398) Banbury, England | December 23, 2012
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  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
A nice and cozy place with good real ales. Palmerís Lamb & Flag Gold 4,5% was the special one (19.6.2009).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Fin  (495) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 2, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (617) London, England | February 22, 2012
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  (414) Helsinki, Finland | January 11, 2011
Quite big but still packed with students on Friday night. Hot and humid. Rather interesting beers in casks.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs  (259) Toronto, Ontario | August 14, 2010
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil  (278) Tallinn, Estonia | January 17, 2010
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  (155) London, England | June 10, 2009
Just wonderful! 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. Excellent.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee  (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | September 9, 2008
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.

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