2017 Rerate: Lovely building with nice snugs, 4 hand pulls, a bit boring. No ticks. If this is actually Nicholsons, then it’s the worst I’ve ever been to. Still OK-ish, but off the radar now, probably.
2010 Rating (4:6:7:7:6:13=60)
Lovely old sprawl of a pub, so if you find a nook early you’ll be fine. Quality of beers available certainly good. Proper pub food too. Like almost everything in Oxford, this is no tick-fest, but by heck it’s a decent pub if you like the old traditional feel (and I do).
Came in here just for one drink. It was alright, but very busy. The beers list was fairly uninspiring but the atmosphere was pleasant. We preferred the Lamb and Flag across the road as it had a superior beer selection and was quieter.
Historic old pub on the northern end of town with well known literature links. The best part of the pub are the 2 front rooms as the back has a bit of a corridor feel. Difficult to get served easily on busy nights with just a small bar and few staff. Doesn’t seem to get the best of the Nicholson’s range. Re Rate Nov ’13 (66) - There is a marked improvement in here, much more banter despite it remaining a tourists haven, friendlier and a better changing range of beers in good condition. Now certainly worth visiting. Dec ’14 re rate (42) There is a disappointing drop in ambiance, service and selection in this pub. It is so touristy that there is no need to cater for local needs and it shows. The queuing system gives it the ambiance of a school canteen and the seating leaves a lot to be desired if you cannot get in the 2 front rooms. Not on our regular tour lists these days.
Fin (1162) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | May 11, 2014
Me and the Loz visit here from time to time admittedly not as often as the Lamb and Flag across the road. The pub is situated on St Giles a large tree lined very wide road at the northen end of the city centre but only 5 mins walk from say the Far From the Madding Crowd and as mentioned its handily placed despite the often busy road for a visit to the Lamb and Flag. This pub is famed for its literary connections so I will not dwell on that as others have already.mentioned this. Small cubby hole rooms at the front sit either side of corridor that leads you into the pub which stretches some way back and then opens out a little, the bar (last time I visited) was about halfway along on the right. Now a Nicholsons pub the choice will be better than it previously was. I have never been the greatest fan of this pub, though should probably pay it another visit soon as I’ve not been for a little while. A good stop off on the way to Jericho or Little Clarendon street.
A local Oxford pub also just off campus. This place is small with cramped rooms and seems to also fancy single malt scotches. The cask ales are appropriately served by a pleasant bar tender. It is easy to spot across the street from Lamb and Flag.
Son is a Tolkien fan and so had to go here. Food was great. Beer selection was minimal - not the place to go for beer. Also was sort of groped by an older man on my way out, which was weird. The bangers and mash were great, though.
This pubs varies in quality over time. Last visit food was poor quality, although beer still well kept. History of pub draws me back. It was the haunt of Tolkein and CS Lewis. Lovely traditional little snugs if you can find an empty one.