Fin (543) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | July 23, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
We were on the weekend of Truck Festival 20-21st July 2012 which was held just 10 min walk and a couple of fields away. I last went here about 7-8 years ago when on a mission to complete all pubs in Oxfordshire in that years GBG so my memories were sketchy. However this place is truly historic and very reminiscent of The Low House, East Anglia, The Sun Inn Leintwardine, The Eagle at Skerne and The Red Lion, Ampney St Peter, truly wonderfully historic pubs with a wonderfully unspoilt interior. I understand much like many of them mentioned this is one of just eleven pubs left in the UK without a traditional serving bar, on a glorious summers day the beer is served from a hatch, or otherwise from a room to the side of the main seating area, all beer is gravity dispense. Beer choice fine but not terribly exciting for a Freehouse but it has Loddon Hullaballoo, Sharps Atlantic, Wadworths Horizon amongst the selection. Service was great, beer was well kept, for a piece of history then I would thoroughly recommend this National Inventory especially on a warm summers day or cold winters evening.