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54 /100 HAM GREEN (A41)


I visited The Akeman Inn on Friday 29th January 2016. I knew nothing whatsoever about this place, in fact the only reason I visited here was simply because I have driven past it once or twice a week for years and have never gone in. It went through an extensive refurbishment about 12-18 months ago so I guess it was only right that I popped in and had a nosey.

The pub is located on the A41 (on a section of the old Roman Road of Akeman Street I guess) and is pretty much half way between Aylesbury and Bicester. It’s a large sprawling place which I think may do accommodation though I never checked this out. It is part of the small Oakman pub chain with fourteen pubs in their stable. There are two turn ins to this place I took the wrong one and ended up in the staff car park (my defence it was dark, I left it there and popped in the pub) for those keen to avoid this error the main car park is the Bicester side of the pub.

It was very much open plan inside, there was a large area for eating off to the LH side and off to the RH side and ahead beyond the bar was more relaxed drinking areas some large sofas in places also. Clearly an awful lot of money has been spent on this place but I am guessing that when you are situated in the middle of nowhere food has got to be the priority as I cannot imagine you would have man locals in here.

The beer choice was a bit disappointing with Pedigree, Hobgoblin and Ringwood Forty Niner the rather limp range of cask selections, the keg choice was the usual plap. To be fair my Forty Niner was good in terms of condition. There were also a few bottles to choose from again very little that was exciting or that couldn’t be found on a supermarket shelf.

I never really explored this place, I had only come in for a swift half and to satisfy my curiosity. There were about 5-6 others here but I would imagine that 5-5.30pm is a bit early for the usual custom they are likely to get in here.“
Fin 2092 days ago
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