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chriso (356) London, England | April 12, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
From notes from a visit in 2012 but have visited several times over the years. Operated by White Horse brewery so a good spot to try some of their beers. However, White Horse is not a brewery that goes in for lots of exciting specials so often there is nothing new from them for me. There are a few guest pumps too so I usually pick up a winner or two. Pleasant enough although nothing out of the ordinary in terms of architecure/decor. Iím not sure about the atmosphere as itís usually the first pub on an Oxford crawl for me so often a bit early for many punters to be in. On my last visit the barman spotted the note-taking and quickly came over to provide info on which beers would be coming up next and offered a cellar run. Which was nice, although I declined the offer as none of them were new for me. Hard to imagine doing an Oxford crawl without taking a look in here.
BlackHaddock (286) , England | December 17, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Last pub on an Oxford Pub Crawl: 23rd Nov 2013. Basic boozer with plenty of space and a good selection of Cask Ales: didnít notice the keg or bottled choices. Looks more interesting from outside than it is once inside. Long bar on your left as you walk in, one step takes you up to raised seating (benches with tables) on your right: other cosier areas also.
International Rugby match on the TV screen and a good crowd of people enjoying the game. The whole place had a nice vibe and the beers I had were in good condition. A fitting end to a heavy days sight seeing and drinking.
Brugmansia (361) Jylland, Denmark | April 18, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited 23/10-2011, on our pubcrawl tour with Loz and Fin.
This pub is a White Horse pub, placed at a corner, traditionel deco, very cosy and friendly staff. Very open and spacy. This pub serves 1/3 pints, which is great if you are on a long day of pubcrawl :-). We had some nice sandwiches for lunch. For sure worth visiting if you are in Oxford..
lada66 (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
One of my favourite places in Oxford thanks to the frienly landlord. White Horse and Everards ales and some guests too (19.6.2009).
Nuffield (106) Roseville, Minnesota | July 19, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Ten years ago this wasnít a pub that I would have considered visiting, but now itís worth a stop. Lively, urban atmosphere, with an Edwardian patina. Great selection, not only for White Horse but for some interesting other beers. Good service, busy late night scene.
Boudicca (625) London, England | February 22, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
The White Horse brewery tap, with a good range of their own beers and some interesting guests.
The Royal Blenheim is a street corner, arts and crafts style building which feels quite spacious rather than cosy. It has high top tables and banquettes, a raised area in the main bar and a snug little room at the back. The dťcor is fairly plain Ė a few prints of horses and rowing, and thereís an oar on the wall from Pembroke College, which is just around the corner.
It was fairly quiet when we visited on a Saturday lunchtime and rather more Cowley than college. There was a family, a few older people sitting alone and a delicate looking elderly gentlemen in dazzlingly bright red trousers who, with his booming voice, reminded me of one of Paul Whitehouseís characters in the Fast Show (the one who always said ďOf course, I was terribly, terribly drunkĒ).
There are ten hand pumps and six keg taps as well as a selection of c.15 bottles and the beer is served in two-third, half and one third measures as well as pints Ė always a good idea, in my view. The White Horse beers are listed on a board on one of the two pillars in the main bar.
The menu looked appealing Ė a mix of modern and traditional dishes. Breakfast is served until 1pm. We didnít try it but it sounded hearty with local sausages infused with White Horse bitter.
They have free wifi.
(Visited 7 January 2012).
Fin (497) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 10, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Just noticed Glenís rating and was surprised to see that I hadnít rated this yet, this rather shocked me as it must be one of the pubs that I most frequent in Oxford. Beer is almost always in very good nick, the landlord Ian is a great character and good fun. Pub is just out of the main hustle and bustle and yet very close to everything. You can get a third of a pint measure serving in this pub. My only real criticism is that the beer range is usually rather safe and rarely includes anything that will excite those of us with an interest in the more happening UK breweries. Definitely worth a visit as it is a warm welcoming pub, actually one other minor criticism, they wonít show football which is fine by me, so why not extend this to not showing anything sport and getting rid of the TVís.
imdownthepub (401) Banbury, England | December 10, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Opened up pub in a quieter area of town, very close to the main shopping centre though. Owned by Everards but leased by White Horse under the William scheme, generally a full range of White Horse beers supplemented by a few guests, generally targeting a brewery or area. The food is fairly plain basic pub grub, but filling enough. Good seating areas although these get filled early on a weekend evening. Friendly and welcoming and a decent amount of banter from the Welsh Landlord. Too much rugger bugger on the t.vís though, they should show a proper sport.
SaintMatty (209) Uppsala, Sweden | August 27, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A good pub with friendly service. Is the brewery tap for the White Horse brewery so a few of their beers are usually on offer, as well as some beers from other breweries.
rosenbergh (415) Helsinki, Finland | January 11, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Lots of White Horse in taps. 10 casks altogether. Spacious and big rather big pub. OK but nothing to remember by.
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