Just north of the busy Headrow on its east side and opposite the Oriental shop which is underneath the Travelodge, this pub has a very ordinary urban exterior that tends to suggest itís going to be very much a male oriented locals bar. To an extent this is true with the Horse Racing put on some of the screens that are on the walls throughout the place, however itís much more than that. Real Ale drinkers will want to visit this place as it has a fair number of pumps with an excellent choice of ales. Ignore the first three popular brands and make sure you go along the full length of the bar as the ale pumps are sporadic and thereís a large serving area. The decor is traditional for a pub but it is by no means shabby and if you can find a table as this place is popular you will be comfortable enough. Live sport is shown throughout the day and different channels will be on different screens if thereís several events of interest happening. The bar is much bigger than it looks from the main road as it occupies a short stretch along this but is deeper along the side road of the corner building it occupies.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 12/20
Fin (436) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 20, 2012
We visited here primarily because it was across the road from the Vicar Lane Travelodge where we were stopping. Beers were from Copper Dragon & WharfeBank amongst the ones that I recall. Down to earth bar, some might suggest slightly down at heel; however it was friendly enough and three pints for £7.46 was excellent value, more importantly the beer was very decent. Only a few minutes from North Bar but a million miles in terms of pricing. I wouldnít go out of my way to go here, but if in the local Travelodge again I would certainly re-visit here.