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Address: 40 Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3SP, England
Phone Number:
+44 1865 242369
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10:30 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 00:00

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Good for beer, not for food

Big pub with few rooms, great for meetings with friends. We had some beers and food there. However I would not have food there again. We had jacket potatoes with filling and... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 January 2017
uwedajstuwe
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So happy to come across this pub on a cold day out in Oxford with our dog. We were having difficulty finding a pub that would allow us in with Holly. This pub has a lively atmosphere and broadcasts sports but also boasts a number of cozy little rooms where you can get away from the action and relax away... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very friendly staff members. Delicious prosecco. Good food. Always busy and vibrant, a true staple of Oxford.

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Thank milady126
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very warm pub big and spaced this pub offers a good selection of beer and lager and many bottled choices also many wines staff are friendly always and management is spot on food is also good and there is a nice choice of bar snacks this pub is a must would recommend

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Big pub with few rooms, great for meetings with friends. We had some beers and food there. However I would not have food there again. We had jacket potatoes with filling and salads. Potatoes was quite hard inside instead of fluffy, and the salad had vinegar dressing that overwhelmed all the flavors. Not very tasty.

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Thank uwedajstuwe
Daytona Beach, Florida
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50 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Busy due to Degree Day celebrations but ducked in for some soup on a cold day and was served quickly. Managed a table and a couple of pints and enjoyed seeing the grads in their formal attire and colorful robes. Nice local place and not a chain pub. Would love to return for the Devon crab. Cheers!

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Thank shellsmedina
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is an old fashioned pub in every way. Someways its good, with their extensive beer and ales range. But cleanliness of toilets doesn't seem a priority and food lacks in taste. The service was slow and the staff seem uninterested. The only reason to visit has got to be its central location and beer range.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Managed to get in and get a table on a Saturday night - Matriculation Day. Not changed much since I was here 40 years ago. Crammed with loud students, tourists and locals. Separate desk to order food which sped things up. Wide range of real ales - local and foreign. Fairly quick service with the food. Excellent quality and value.... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

As part of a trip to Oxford we visited this pub for a drink and bite to eat. The food came very quickly. I had ordered a goats cheese tart with mash and veg. It was very disappointing. A square piece of puff pastry with a slice of goats cheese on top, the mark was extremely dry and my carrots,... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Terrible Sunday lunch. The pork was dry and tasteless, the 'roast' potato had spent more time in the deep frier than the oven, and the veg had been boiled to within an inch of its very existence (and then allowed to go cold.) The Vegetarian option was not a lot better. Perhaps a 'Sunday shame' as food is generally better... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Good atmosphere but waited 40 minutes for poor quality, luke warm food. Drink here but there are better places too eat!

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