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Now called the Lighthouse and unsure as to whether it is a cafe or a bar - it fails miserably at both. Continental style 'leave your change on a dish' when served at a bar. I really hate that - it is a foreign, alien culture that should fkk off back to where it belongs.
£4.60 for a mediocre Czech lager, not many places for drinkers to inhabit. Probably the worse place I've had the misfortune to drop in for a drink for some time.
Snarling_Mallard - 27 Mar 2016 00:16
Friendly 2 roomed corner town house just a few minutes walk from Oxford rail station. Small front Bar has a piano , whilst rear room looks over a small river tributary. A small selection of Wolverhampton Ales including Wychwood and Brakespeares Oxford Gold which was well kept and a reasonable £3.30 a pint. Menu looked good but not tried , but a good pub to meet up if going for a trip round the city.
DiscoJoe - 15 Mar 2013 15:55
A better option for watching the football than nearby Eurobar but we were still evicted for having the temerity to watch Preston North End when the rival activity of egg chasing was to be endured. Luckily, the rugby fan coves who dispatched us were affable and the game finished 0-0 anyway. Decent beers and food that looks passable, the Duke's Cut has metamorphosed on several occasions in recent years but one highlight was an appearance from local post rockers Dallas Don't.
BoehmBawerk - 21 Oct 2012 14:25
Quite a pleasant pub with some seats overlooking a distributary of the River Isis. Friendly staff, who are pleased to serve. I had a nice pint of the very seasonal (just September) Bankss Fields of Gold. People with older ears will find it difficult to converse due to the background music. The pub used to be called The Queens Arms before the late Rosie OGradys unlamented make-over. Adjacent is the gatepost to the once Worcester Street Goods Wharf of the Oxford Canal.
Mona_Growser - 9 Sep 2012 11:48
Visiting Oxford to meet a pal, I had to find a pub showing the England match at short notice. This pub fitted the bill perfectly. Four pleasant pints of Guinness and good atmosphere, friendly barmaid, even a piano in one of the bars.
buttonmuffin - 27 May 2012 22:13
A welcome transformation from an "Oirish" pub to a smart bar with Martson's range of beers (Including Brakspear/Ringwood and Wychwood). Very handy as it almost halfway between the train station and the city centre. Nice feel to it and when I've been it has always been busy.
mcroyal - 1 Jun 2011 21:35
a nice tidy wychwood/marstons affair with four guest ales being w hobgoblin,brakspear gold,ringwood fortyniner and w hot chocolate of which i quaffed,service is very welcoming and the guy who served me was a legend as had run out of cash and kept me bag while was directed to cash point even offered to serve me the pint and pay later 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 29 Apr 2011 14:53
Curiously a former 'Irish' pub now run by an Irishman who has brought a subtle taste of Ireland to the menu. Real ales as good as I have ever tasted - something the staff seem justly proud of. Currently a comedy venue for the Oxfringe festival. A welcome improvement to a largely dire area of the town centre and highly recommended.
cheesyal - 9 Apr 2010 00:35
I went with some trepidation, having been to the pit that was Rosie's, and was pleasantly surprised! I really liked the decor, relaxed atmosphere, and fresh faced staff. It was early evening on a Saturday and filled up pretty quickly, but there's loads of seating and it was never rowdy and we got served quickly. My other half was very complimentary about their ales, and had quite a lengthy conversation with the barmaid who proudly told him they'd gotten 78/80 in some Cask assessment thingy (not sure what that's about but he was impressed!). Nice to meet staff who actually know what they're doing! Anyway, we were only supposed to start the evening there but ended up staying till closing time, and will definitely be going back-I hear there'll be a log fire soon...
emilypardeep - 10 Nov 2009 15:51
Recently opened pub, in the building formerly occupied by Rosie O Grady's.

A significant improvement in my book - four handpumps of real ale are enough to see to that. The refurbishment is very standard modern - wooden floor, light pastels and flowery wallpaper. It's a look that I think is tired already.

Oddly, there seem to be waiters wandering around the place serving drinks as if it were a cafe. Not keen on that - I'll just go to the bar, thanks.

All in all, it's pretty clinical and souless, but not all bad, thanks to the Wychwood/Marstons beer.
thomashenry - 1 Jul 2009 13:40

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