England > Oxfordshire > Wantage
niquillis (197) Stoke on Trent, England | December 22, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Smelt of damp dog as we entered but you get used to it. Cracking range of ales, although irritatingly listed by strength and name and no brewery mentioned. Definitely worth a visit, a good old fashioned boozer.
imdownthepub (538) Banbury, England | May 8, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Cracking 2 roomed pub just out of the centre of Wantage. There is a basic bar and a more comfortable lounge. The beer is ever changing often with some higher strength beers being available. Really worth searching out if you like an old fashioned atmosphere and a good chat. Great.
Fin (675) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 24, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve visited her frequently over the years and I can see why this pub has consistently done really well locally as well as nationally in CAMRA pub competitions. There is always a decent range of beer and cider on here and usually at least one or two beers from West Berkshire and until recently it was a regular outlet for the now sadly closed Pitstop brewery. well frequented by locals but also very welcoming to the many walkers and beer fans who visit here when in the town. The landlord Paul is a charming fellow and this pub along with the new kid on the block and fast emerging other real ale mecca for Wantage (The Shoulder of Mutton) there are at least two good reasons to visit Wantage.
Doppelganger (20) Dry County, Arkansas | October 24, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Wantage. Home of the Alfred the Great. Not much in Wantage that feels like it quite lives up to that glorious history (what could, really?), but still a lovley little town. And what a jewel of a pub this is. Visited on a cool autumn evening, and after chatting to the friendly landlord for a bit, my wife and I took our pints and found a cozy seat near the fire. Then watched as a slow stream of friendly locals came in and got pints, asked after the health of the landlord and his wife, discussed sport and work. The beer was in excellent shape, and there were at least two being served from the cellar that werenít on the tap handles at the bar. Some interesting bottles available as well. As fine as the pubs of Oxford itself are, this pub made me feel a bit jealous. So welcoming. So chilled out. The sort of pub that makes you think: well...I suppose I could just move here.brbr One thing worth noting. The place notes for the Royal Oak say 10-12 taps. That is technically true if you count the obligitory Guinness, 1664, et all bland keg beer. But if you are reading this, you are interested in real ale, and when I visited there were 4 or 5 proper ales on the handpumps, and a couple more being served from the cellar. West Berks ales seem like they are a fixture, but judging from the tap labels decorating the area above the bar, the guest ale choices range far and wide.
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