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68 /100 13 ST EBBES
“Well-kept street corner pub close to the Pembroke College. 12 pumps with real ales and ciders, most of the beers from White Horse and Titanic. Basic layout in wooden interiors. Relaxing atmosphere on a Sunday eve. Polite service. (Visited with Finn 27.10.2019).“
Rune 339 days ago
60 /100 108 ST. ALDATES
“Located right in the central inner part of town. Quite busy when we visited the pub early on a Sunday eve. Seven hand-pumps, four of them on at our stay, mostly regionally sourced. Classic, basic British pub layout. Polite service. (Visited with Finn 27.10.2019).“
Rune 339 days ago
56 /100 47 GEORGE ST.
“Rather small main room for a spoons, but more seating upstairs. Central location, about five minutes from the train station and close to the inner city area. Ten hand-pumps with ales from local breweries on three of them. And, as usual, a decent traditional breakfast for less than £4. Polite service. (Visited with Finn 25.10.2019).“
Rune 342 days ago
72 /100 13 ST EBBES
“Well kept backstreet pub. Lovely!“
Finn 359 days ago
66 /100 108 ST. ALDATES
“Old fashioned pub with a few beers.“
Finn 359 days ago
58 /100 47 GEORGE ST.
“Limited beer selection.“
Finn 361 days ago
18 /100 TOWN HALL, ST. ALDATES
“Unfortunately I was here on the wrong day and there was no beer!“
jonas 364 days ago
84 /100 TOWN HALL, ST. ALDATES
“Wow I hadn't twigged that reviewing Beer Festivals was a thing now, ok here goes. I have been to Oxford beer festival, countless times over the years, in fact I can recall in the very early days it once was held at the bus museum at Long Hanborough and on another occasion when I was living in Worcester I travelled to Oxford when it was held at the Debating Hall in one of the central University buildings. However it has been held at the Town Hall, which is really as central as you can get for many years now. The Town Hall sits on St Aldates but really it's very close to High Street, Cornmarket and Queen Street, so it is easy to find for those using public transport. As Glen mentions the Town Hall is a fantastic building and great venue for a beer festival, though if truth be told I think that the Beer Festival outgrew this sized venue years ago and really is crying out to be held somewhere bigger, but other than going under canvas I don't think that there are many options available. If you attend take a few moments to look up and around you at this building, there are a few rooms used and you can see old portraits, wonderful galleries, lots of wooden panelling a superb staircase etc, it's wonderful. I have both worked at (serving beer) and attended as a paying customer. I would suggest going a quieter times, so early on the Thursday or Friday because it gets rammed later on. Saturday is also much quieter but worth noting that even though there are casks that are to be put on, on Saturday the range will be much less. It's a great beer festival, great atmosphere and very good location.“
Fin 365 days ago
84 /100 TOWN HALL, ST. ALDATES
“This is an annual 3 day Festival held in the gloriously decorative Town Hall in the centre of Oxford. There are around 90 casks of Real Ale on sale during Thursday & Friday then a further 40 casks on sale on Saturday, all freshly opened also 50 boxes of cider. It can get very busy on the Thursday and Friday evenings with much more peaceful sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoons. No music and just 1 food vendor. The seating is away from the beer sales area. No refunds on glasses unfortunately, but spare vouchers can be redeemed.“
imdownthepub 371 days ago
72 /100 12 ST. GILES
“This is a bit of a college hangout apparently, and was pretty busy on a Friday evening. Right on St. Giles, so plenty of foot traffic. Front bar and side bar, did not check if they had different tap lists. Interesting selection of cask and tap ales, plus a few ciders. Not a bad place for Oxford, but after a week it is obvious that Oxford is not a beer town.“
bytemesis 446 days ago
70 /100 4-5 BATH PLACE
“In a bit of an alley but gmaps is correct. Two separate bars, very crowded on a Friday night. Fairly standard cask and tap selection, but some good things to try. Did not ask about small pours; too busy. The garden out back is a definite plus for the place.“
bytemesis 446 days ago
72 /100 108 ST. ALDATES
“This was my first stop in Oxford, right after dropping stuff off at the hotel. Very traditional pub with a few tables and a nice wooden "L" shaped bar. Right across from the Museum. Several cask options available as well as a couple of taps. Service good, food a bit bland.“
bytemesis 446 days ago
76 /100 13 ST EBBES
“Fairly classic centrally located pub. Mix of casks and taps; half pours available. Food is decent. Fairly busy in the evenings.“
bytemesis 447 days ago
66 /100
Grapes (Bar)
7 GEORGE STREET, OXFORD
“An intersting pub in the centre. Not much occurring. Aircon best feature on a hot day. 7 cask beers and upto 10 kegs feature. Nice decor. Lots of West Berkshire beers as they own it... good brewery especially the Maggs Magnificent Mild.“
b727trijet 477 days ago
64 /100 38 CORNMARKET
“This is a resurrection of a pub that closed around 90 years back and has undergone a long soft opening during which time we were unable to get in. The outside of the pub shows its history more than inside which has been opened through. There is quite an echo inside with noise bouncing off the hard walls, furniture and windows that completely cover the 2 outside walls. We have already christened it the Goldfish Bowl as it feels like being on show in an aquarium. The bar is at the far end with around 4 hand pulls and a couple of banks of kegs. Behind the bar are 3 large conditioning tanks in what is labelled the Brewing Room, but the beers are brewed at XT and transferred into the tanks for final conditioning before sale, so not a Brewpub as such. The pub is not owned by XT however they have fitted it out with beer lines and tanks so the only cask ales and craft kegs will be from that brewery. There will be a restaurant area upstairs, which is being fitted out currently, it looks like the pub will be searching out the tourist dollar more than being a locals pub.“
imdownthepub 612 days ago
54 /100 4-5 BATH PLACE
“Real gem interior wise, not easy to find, its like a mini maze. 2 rooms, low ceilings, beer selection is boring, but go here for the other stuff there is a good garden for summer“
gunnar 649 days ago
62 /100
Grapes (Bar)
7 GEORGE STREET, OXFORD
“This place looks old inside, but as Imdownthepub explains, it s totally renovated. I had a new beer from Animal Brewing at my visit, good service, and nice enough“
gunnar 649 days ago
76 /100 38 CORNMARKET
“Only recently opened so not quite ready - but staff keen and good selection of beers available. Only 2 of the 3 cask lines running - but told they will all be ready by Feb.“
MaltoseExports31 649 days ago
80 /100 38 CORNMARKET
“An ancient pub brought back to life - newly refurbished, still a bit of work left to do, restaurant opens later in 2019 - but a decent selection of craft beers, cask ales and Tank Beers from 3 copper tanks behind the bar. Service friendly and not bad pricing considering its right in the centre of the city.“
XTBREW 649 days ago
60 /100 4-5 BATH PLACE
“Visited with OGJ and EE on tour to 22 southern counties with 03.01.19. Six ales on cask, mostly the usual Greene King suspects. All served without sparkler. An old style pub with low ceiling. Front room is quite small, but with plenty of seating further back. There is also a beer garden.“
Holmen2 656 days ago
60 /100
Grapes (Bar)
7 GEORGE STREET, OXFORD
“Visited with OGJ and EE on tour to 22 southern counties with 03.01.19. Quiet during daytime. Newly refurbished. Eight ales on cask, all served without sparkler.“
Holmen2 656 days ago
58 /100 47 GEORGE ST.
“Another Spoon, close to the Railwaystation, handy for breakfast at our short visit to Oxford. Some nice beers on cask, normal service minded personell.“
gunnar 656 days ago
58 /100 47 GEORGE ST.
“Visited on trip to 22 souuthern counties with OGJ and EE 03.01.19. 10 ales on cask, all served without sparkler. Decent traditional breakfast.“
Holmen2 656 days ago
76 /100 COVERED MARKET, HIGH STREET
“The Teardrop Micro Pub is really the Brewery Tap for Church Hanbrewery and unusually located in the wonderfully atmospheric Oxford Indoor Market. The market itself is a bit of a maze but despite the address the best way to find this is to enter via Market Street, the first entrance on the right when walking from Cornmarket (just before the Gents toilet). The Teardrop is the 3rd unit on the left. Anyway this is the project of Luciana, part owner of the Brewery and wonderful host in here. There are a range of bottled beers, mostly from Church Hanbrewery but also from a few other local breweries. There were 6 cask beers on at the time of my visit, 4 from their normal range plus 2 of their experimental beers, which is how they will continue. There are improvements to be made in the new year, but it is a friendly space currently with a good mix of customers. There is a men's creche feel to it whilst their partners wander through the market. The restricted hours are due to the market gates being shut, but it seems to work. Well worth a look when in Oxford.“
imdownthepub 666 days ago
68 /100 99 GLOUCESTER GREEN
“Board game cafe that serves good craft beer as well. I love board games, so I loved this place. But very different from your regular English pub.“
saxo 735 days ago
76 /100 13 ST EBBES
“Quite a large pub in central Oxford. Good friendly service and I had five new beers here. Visited 24th of feb 2018.“
saxo 735 days ago
70 /100 13 ST EBBES
“Aug '18 rating 70. There has been quite a major overhaul in here in 2018. A lot of the bric a brac on the walls has been removed, cleaner, more open. There is now a bank of keg lines on the wall behind the bar. Much improved.
Aug ’14 rating 62. The quality of beer has dropped in recent times, we tried 4 different beers last night and there was a problem with each of them.
Dec ’11 rating 70. 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.v’s though, they should show a proper sport.“
imdownthepub 801 days ago
70 /100 108 ST. ALDATES
“A nice traditional pub just opposite the old town hall. It has the obligatory references to university sporting activities, in this case a tennis racquet, a hockey stick, a lacrosse stick and cabinet of trophies belonging to St Catherine’s College Boat Club. There were eight casks and a few kegs with a decent choice of beers. Incidentally, those using the ladies’ toilets should beware - don’t use the one on the left! I went to avail myself of the facilities and there was a woman locked inside banging on the door and sounding quite distressed. She asked me to tell her husband that she was stuck in the toilet, which I did, but I also thought it might be helpful to tell the bar staff as they were more likely to have the wherewithal to get her out. The barman went to try but without success so he asked one of his colleagues, who’d just appeared. “Oh, that’s always happening” she said nonchalantly, fishing a screwdriver out of a drawer and disappearing downstairs to rescue the hapless customer. (Visited 18 May 2018).“
Boudicca 878 days ago
74 /100 108 ST. ALDATES
“Visited on the Oxford crawl with Stevoj, around 1400 on Saturday 19th May 2018. Right in the centre of town and really close to both Nicholsons and the Royal Blenheim, St Aldates provided a relatively quiet haven just off the busy shopping streets. Old building with character it has a long an narrow feel like many of the other town centre pubs. A good dozen or so beers on tap from craft keg to cask and quite a few local Oxfordshire beers offered. Tasting paddle of three thirds available. Service was prompt, friendly and welcoming. We bagged a large table, albeit shared with a few blokes at the other end, easily. This was our food stop and I had the Oxford Blue burger which was solid. 4 or 5 new ticks on offer for me ... overall a decent characterful old pub and I'd put this as my number 2 pick for Oxford after the Pint Shop.“
Theydon_Bois 879 days ago
74 /100 59A CORNMARKET STREET
“Another classic old pub, down a small alley, some outside seating available in the small courtyard. A bit tight inside, but makes up for it in character. Nice selection of taps and bottles, really nice vibe. Food menu available, but did not eat.“
stevoj 885 days ago
76 /100 131 HIGH ST
“This old pub is down an old carriage entrance, and used to be a carriage house. Pretty old building, well maintained with lots of character. Low timbers and lots of dark wood, short bar, with adequate number of taps to choose from. Food menu available, but did not eat.“
stevoj 885 days ago
80 /100 108 ST. ALDATES
“Small, cozy place right in town. Relatively quiet on a Saturday afternoon. Nice selection of casks and taps, small but adequate menu of some classic pub grub. Vibrant atmosphere.“
stevoj 885 days ago
76 /100 13 ST EBBES
“Classic pub right in town. Lots of windows makes this bright inside. Carpet, wood and leather. Nice selection of casks. Friendly vibe, comfortable. I could drink at places like this all day.“
stevoj 885 days ago
62 /100 99 GLOUCESTER GREEN
“This was a strange place to find on Ratebeer. It is a board gaming room with a few good beers on bottle and keg. Just one new beer for me. Don’t go here for beer, but if you’re looking to play board games, this is a great destination so you can have some good beers while playing.“
Rasmus40 968 days ago
78 /100 12 ST. GILES
“Four new cask ales including two locals and two new ciders for me at this pub. The staff was very helpful in identifying one of the ciders and fortunately it was worth the hassle, as that cider was excellent. I would go back for sure if in Oxford again.“
Rasmus40 968 days ago
58 /100 49 ST GILES
“Another Nicolsons pub with just one new tick, so we quickly left. Boring selection. Busy on a Saturday evening. I won’t be back.“
Rasmus40 968 days ago
72 /100 24 PARADISE STREET
“This is a Hook Norton pub for sure. They did have guest beers, but Hook Norton dominated the selection on both cask and keg. There were two new cask ales and five new kegged beers including six Hook Nortons. Staff was a bit slow at times but very helpful.“
Rasmus40 968 days ago
78 /100 13 ST EBBES
“The best among the 12 or so pubs we visited in Oxford. They do thirds if you buy them in threes, which is always a plus. They had five new cask ales for me including four White Horse. Friendly service.“
Rasmus40 968 days ago
62 /100 59A CORNMARKET STREET
“Standard Nicholson’s pub with a limited cask selection and only one new beer for me, and that was a kegged lager. Fortunately it was local and good for a lager. I probably won’t be back because of the selection.“
Rasmus40 968 days ago
68 /100 108 ST. ALDATES
“Fairly good pub with a couple of new cask ales for me and a kegged micro lager as well. Beers in good condition. I would probably go back for ticks if in Oxford again.“
Rasmus40 968 days ago
58 /100 131 HIGH ST
“Pretty standard Nicholson's with two new cask ales for me. It was very crowded, so we didn't stay long, and had to sit outside. Not the greatest of pubs.“
Rasmus40 972 days ago
66 /100 40 HOLYWELL STREET
“Decent Young's pub with four new cask ales for me. However that was only because I have rarely visited Young's pubs, so I was missing a few pretty common ones. They did have a couple of Hanlon's as well. If you're doing a pub crawl in Oxford you might as well pop in and see if something new is on.“
Rasmus40 972 days ago
70 /100 52 BROAD STREET
“Small and busy pub with three new cask ales for me including one from White Horse. The selection wasn't too exciting, but as opposed to most of the Oxford pubs we visited, this one actually had local beers on, which is a plus in my book.“
Rasmus40 972 days ago
68 /100
Grapes (Bar)
7 GEORGE STREET, OXFORD
“Decent pub with three new cask ales for me including two from Animal (XT Brewing). Nothing too exciting, so just a quick stop for the ticks.“
Rasmus40 972 days ago
60 /100 47 GEORGE ST.
“Yet another JDW, and that's not a bad thing. It's not the sort of pub you want to spend hours in, but it's located very close to the railway station, and like in most JDW's I found a couple of new ticks on cask.“
Rasmus40 972 days ago
62 /100 HEAD OF THE RIVER, FOLLY BRIDGE
“Visited in November 2017, not that crowded when we there later in the evening. A kind of weird place with respect to the interior decoration, a mish-mash of styles. Not such a broad choice of beers/ales but very friendly service and reasonable prices.“
blackisle 1057 days ago
76 /100 59A CORNMARKET STREET
“Visited in November 2017. Very nice historic place, Cosy and friendly atmosphere Not that large selection but good and varied imo. Very good service, reasonable pricing. Liked the place very much.“
blackisle 1057 days ago
60 /100
Grapes (Bar)
7 GEORGE STREET, OXFORD
“Visited the place in November 2017. Large and loud place. Not really a large selection (12 taps and14 bottles) and also on the dull side. Good service but not my place, more like a large cocktail bar.“
blackisle 1057 days ago
76 /100 12 ST. GILES
“Visited in November 2017 on a very crowded night. Very nice rustic and cozy pub, plenty of dark wood and stone flagstones. Mixed feelings about the service: one barman quite grumpy, the other very friendly. Very good ale and beer selection, bit pricy but who cares.“
blackisle 1058 days ago
72 /100 24 PARADISE STREET

Oct '17 rating = 72. Reduced as the range is remaining pretty static after the opening.
Sep '17 rating - 82. The pub was shut for a complete refurb for 6 months and has recently re-opened and what a great job HN have made of it, there is a completely new feel, modern, comfortable, it is in a perfect place to catch a large footfall when the Westgate Centre re-opens. The biggest improvement is on the beer range, there are now 10 keg taps and 8 hand pulls with over half being for changing guest beers along with the Hook Norton short run specials. It has to compare favourably with anything in the town centre now.
Dec '16 rating - 56; Okay, it’s early days for this recently taken over pub, so this is basically an interim mark before the main refurbishment is undertaken. Hook Norton brewery have bought this historic 19th Century ailing former Greene King pub that was at the centre of the Oxford Gay scene for many years. The pub will remain open until January with a mini refurbishment, then a whole heap of money will be spent while it is shut for 2 months. I will do a further review after the conversion, however I was pleased to be the first customer after the initial change.“
imdownthepub 1102 days ago