I really should come here for a beer some time. Well, I did come here for a beer, and there was just enough room to wiggle round to the bar, see there were no winners on tap, and decide that it would be uncomfortable to just drink an old favourite, so I declined, and wiggled my way back out again. Interior looked very nice, apart from all the hooomans in the way. WIll try again, this time not leaving it to the middle of a saturday evening.
First time in Oxford. First Pub we went to as well.
This is how I pictured Pubs in the UK. Small, short ceilings, lots of wood, and great beer.
Had my first Fullers London Pride here. Good beer.
What my wife and I really enjoyed were all the Tye’s that were displayed on almost every wall. A right of passage to have your Tye end cut off and placed on the wall.
Great experience. Just beware that this Pub maybe holds 3 dozen people at a time.
Yet another packed pub on out 23rd Nov 2013 Oxford Pub Crawl. We managed to squeeze into the small bar area in the entrance: the main room (to your left as you walk in) being crammed full of humanity.
Nice enough, but never really saw anything except the bar we sat at. My Red Fox was in good order and served pleasantly enough although I did feel as if we were more of an irritant than welcomed guests. I think there were plenty of regulars in the other room who they’d rather serve and talk to than my little party of 6 getting drunk in different bars type people.
Smallest Fuller’s pub I’ve ever been in.
Use this as number 3 on the Oxford City Pub Crawl. The oldest pub in Oxford and also the smallest, it can get packed. It has a famous collection of ties from Oxford Colleges which the famous Inspector Morse used to solve a murder, well fictionally anyway. Two rooms surround a tiny bar with a couple of serving areas, the beers tend to be from some of the UK’s larger Brewers, but very occasionally Hook Norton Beers can be found. There is a small outside patio area but this is usually surrounded by bins from local Restaurants. There are ancient wooden floors and wobbly chairs and benches, but this adds to the ambiance. The bar is a rare pewter topped variety. Update for 2012 - This remains a destination pub with a great history. There is often a guest ale now generally from the local Shotover Brewery. The Manager is keen to get in the latest seasonal Fuller’s beers too, so still worth the visit. Update for 2013 - The beer has certainly improved, there are the Fullers regulars with the latest seasonal and a local ale, generally still from Shotover.
A tiny Fuller’s pub packed with character.
The Bear is a tiny, lopsided place with just two small rooms. One has a very low ceiling with the bar and its six taps (all Fuller’s) tucked into the corner; the other is a wood panelled room with bell pushes around the walls and frame upon frame of snipped off ties, all carefully labelled and signed, and mounted in glass cases. I thought at first they were all from Oxford colleges but on closer inspection it turned out that there are also ties from other colleges and universities, hospitals, the royal colleges and various clubs in America, South Africa and New Zealand.
It wasn’t busy when we were there but I’d imagine if you had more than about ten people in each room it might be quite uncomfortable, despite the seats and perches crammed into every available space. A guided walk stopped outside whilst we were there but fortunately they moved on. The Bear is reputedly Oxford’s oldest pub and I think it may have appeared on TV in “Lewis”.
(Visited 7 January 2012).
Small, tight, incredibly hot and lots of smoke (and probably carbon monoxide too) from the fireplace. Quite expensive too. 5 casks. Surprisingly it was possible to find a place to sit on Friday night. Still worth a visit.
This tiny, tiny pub is supposed to be the oldest in Oxford. Tucked behind ChCh. Ties snipped and tacked to the walls (and ceilings). It’s a very cool place, and if you can take some seats, you can really tuck in and have an enjoyable night. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in Oxford. Not a ton of tourists, as the location is a bit hidden.