Jan ’15. Unfortunately this institution closed on January 24th 2015.
Sep ’14 Rating 76. Much quieter in here these days and thus the beers change over more slowly, with the issues that can bring. Busier when the students are in town but not the pub it was 2 years ago. Dec 2012 Rating 88. Last, but definitely not least, on the Oxford centre pub crawl. This is a new venture for the previous Licensees of the Bookbinders. My biggest doubt about it would be its lack of sense of belonging, as with its name it is a work of fiction, it is a converted shop and has all the ambiance of a Macpub. I won’t dwell on that though because it strength is its beer and the knowledge of the owners of how to keep and serve it. It is a pub that hopefully will settle into its surroundings and is a valuable addition to the thriving Oxford Beer scene. The Madding improves every year. Recently voted Oxford Pub of the Year for 2012 / 13 and deservedly so.
Large pub near Gloucester Green. 6 real ales on from all over the UK. On my recent visit XT, Breakspear, Newark and Box Steam were available. A few interesting perries and ciders in boxes behind the bar. Far from cheap, but one guest beer is always available for £2.90 so not too bad.
The worst Real Ale we had on our city centre pubcrawl on 23rd Nov 203. The large single roomed bar was almost empty (at 17:00), every other pub before and after were packed. We (6 of us) couldn’t even get into a couple of them because of the crowds: this should tell you something about the place.
Good selection of cask ales but the quality and condition was very poor and the only atmosphere was generated by us. Very disappointed with it.
They play awful, awful music. Feels like shopping at Forever 21. The beers were not in impressive form and disappointing for a Cask Marque. Atmosphere weak, but can see how it could be fun for larger groups or break from the quieter traditional pubs.
Visited 23/10-2011 on our pubcrawl tour with Loz and Fin.
Another city pub, a bit away from the main street, and it doesn´t look as a traditionel pub. Very friendly staff, and lots of small tables. We were that lucky to come by a day where there was a cider festival on, so we were almost singing when leaving the place, after all these great ciders we had :-)
A down to earth community pub with a small but choice selection of interesting beers.
Far from the Madding Crowd is quite different to any of the other pubs we visited in Oxford. For a start, it’s in a relatively modern looking building that resembles a renovated factory. It’s also decidedly more town than gown – there were no tourists (apart from us) and it feels very much like a local community place with its rather Spartan décor and adverts for quiz and curry night on Sundays.
It has only five hand pumps and one gravity cider box but every one of them was interesting and well chosen. I really liked it.
(Visited 7 January 2012).
A nice change from the usual Oxford pub. Rarely any tourists, modern setting, and a good selection of well kept and constantly rotating ales. The food is the usual pub grub. I generally end up here when I’m in the area and feel like sitting down with a pint and a book. Can get a little busy on the usual nights but generally calm and relaxed.
Always a great selection of well kept ales with often some real gems.I like the modern interior, after all why try and pretend to be an old inn when you are not. For serious ale lovers this place is a must when in Oxford