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This is part two of Oxford's pub gardens tour. We take you to the very centre of the city and slightly further out toward the train station.
A classically beautiful pub with all the Oxford traits. This beer garden is great for that first Tinder date where you can enjoy some privacy and really get to know each other... or not if you suck at conversation and enjoy awkward silences. It's also great for just having a casual drink if you've been in town shopping. Grab a bite to eat too because the burgers are proper juicy. If you sign up to the newsletter on their website you can get 25% off your food bill the next time you visit! It's the little things that get people excited.
The beer garden offers some good sized tables with a few larger ones under shade. It does get the sun in the middle of the day so it's great for a lunchtime pint. The elegantly decorated flower pots and flower baskets give it that extra welcoming feel so you can read a book, sip some cider and feel like a clever person for about five minutes - before people actually realise you're reading the Mr. Men books.
Beer and cider prices range from £3.70 - £4.75 (Peroni coming in at £4.75) with a variety of seasonally changing ales to the consistent draught offerings of the usual brands. It is a Nicholson pub (sister pub to The Crown and the Eagle and Child) so it serves some very nice house pale ale too.
What a stunning pub this is. It's everything you would want on a summers evening. Its clean, fresh and airy feel makes you want to grab your Macbook out,
whack Spotify on, listen to some S-Club 7 and sit in the beer garden alley sipping on a light Cotswold Wheat beer. It's quaint and relaxing with plenty
of comfy seats to rest your tired ass. This is a place to think, to clear your head or to meet that friend you haven't seen in months for a chilled
out catch up pint. It's where young professionals, local artists and business men can hang out and look cool.
They cater for weddings here too (of which I attended one last summer) which is aesthetically perfect. Its white walls and hipster sky-lights with old school brick in the beer garden give a steam punk feel. It's super easy from the train station as well - only about five minutes walk, so when your parents announce, at short notice, that they're coming to see you for the day, you can meet them off the train and head straight to the pub to drown out the unnecessary nagging of how you should be a better person. The freshness of the beer garden makes you feel like you're out in the countryside somewhere, not realising that you're in the middle of a city. It's also one of those pubs that is lovely to sit in when the sun goes down and the beer garden is lit by the artistic street lamps hanging down. Happy hour is a massive bonus here too. Everyday from 3pm till 7pm with house lagers at £2.50 a pint! They do a great selection of light beers and wheat beers too usually ranging between the £4 - £5 mark.
Next week we'll be venturing over to the famous duo of Turf Tavern and Bear Inn. Also, a quick note - enjoy Common People this weekend if you're going. We'll be there too so come and say hi... if you've bothered to even look at who runs this kick-ass website.
- The Team