Grog Shop

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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil  (628) Tallinn, Estonia | March 20, 2017| Updated March 24, 2017
2017 review: Totally changed, this is now just a cornershop with a really good range of beers. Everything from trashy to crafty, plenty of ticks for me, but not time to drink them, and no space to carry them. Staff was somewhat sleepy. If you’re crawling Jericho, you can’t avoid this, so might as well pop in. At least grab a street tick, as you’ve got all of 3 minutes to the next pub!
Old 2011 review (2:7:9:x:7:12=60)
Slightly grungy, no frills. But what matters is what’s on the plain shelves. Lots and lots and lots of beers. And ciders too when I went there. Good prices, and, even if the UK range isn’t the most exciting, in total there’s an eclectic selection, always worth sticking your head in to see what’s inside. Shame it’s a bit of a trek from the centre.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Fin  (1176) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | June 1, 2014
We cycled into Oxford today, Saturday 31st May 2014. On our return we cycled through Jericho to the Grog shop the first time I’d been there for about 3 years. The shop is at the northern/top of Walton street, i.e. further away from the city and sits on a corner, it is just about where the shops and cafes etc stop and after here it is just housing, expect a good 15 min brisk walk from the centre of Oxford to get here. It has been reconfigured since I last visited and whilst there is a reasonably decent selection I did feel that the vast majority of these were the usual suspects, such as Fullers, Box Steam, Leffe, Sierra Nevada Pale etc. There were a only a few that I’d not seen before but really nothing of interest. However where this place is quite good was the prices, I thought they were very reasonable. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go here again, but for something like Chimay (all three regulars) Duvel and one or two others then it is just about worth it.
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Boudicca  (1232) London, England | February 22, 2012| Updated February 24, 2012
The Grog Shop is like any other open-all-hours street corner newsagent and off license selling basic groceries, fags, snacks and fizzy soft drinks except that it’s mainly given over to an impressively large range of beer. It seems a bit incongruous that a place like this should be “the best beer shop in Oxford says CAMRA” (as it says by the door) but, by all accounts, it is. Chris found three bottles to bring home for the next tasting but unfortunately the service was surly and indifferent. I’m thinking of putting my local newsagent in touch. He could learn something about what to stock in his beer section and, in turn, he could teach them a thing or two about friendly service. (Visited 7 January 2012).
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
mabel  (289) Toronto, Ontario | March 14, 2010
Visited on a quiet Sunday afternoon in January, this is one of the better beer shops you’ll find in the county. Just a couple aisles of booze and some of food items, this poky little tuck-like shop packs a lot in. Dozens of Belgian and other continental offerings, and dozens more of local finds from Hook Norton, Vale, Ridley’s, and others like Marston’s and Adnams. I always find new ratings here, plus apparently if you place an order in advance, they’ll try to get in anything you want from anywhere in England. Very cool! The guy working there usually knows what’s new (he stopped me from buying an old bottle) and just you wander about with a basket. It’s a souped up convenience store, really. Absolutely worth the visit if you’re in town.

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