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Lamb and Flag
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Address: 12 St Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3JS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2513) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Oxford (0.6 miles), Islip (5.1 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.3/10 (rated by 123 users)
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Bored staff reading the paper. When a customer asked for a bag of pork scratchings they were not handed to him but dropped on the bar from what seemed a great height. Must be boring working a Monday night in Oxford.
Palmers Best was good, £3.20.
rpf1955 - 11 May 2015 23:52
Likeable pub with friendly staff and a good range of real ale. I chose something not too raucous Palmers Best Bitter (4.2%) which was pleasant with a dry, bitter finish. Unusually for a food -offering establishment, the L&F was a cash only, but used a computerised till, which crashed!!. The menu was fairly limited, but the barman helped my wife with her gluten/dairy free request, but fell down when they did n`t have any tomato ketchup!! Nevertheless, the oddities aside, a welcoming pub with a good range of ales and pleasant atmosphere.
anarchobeer - 6 Apr 2015 18:05
Busy pub on a Thursday night. sat at the bar as the only seat available. I don't like doing this as it stops people getting served. Turn right as you go in is the best advice, as there is more room. Only had 1 pint as i wanted food and they only serve it at lunchtimes. Palmers Best Bitter, £3.00 and was very good.
rpf1955 - 10 Oct 2014 16:31
Packed out - partly because there's nowhere to drink outside - but deservedly so. The pub's in good condition, even (especially) the loos, and there are plenty of ales to choose from - some at each end of the bar.
Trev - 6 Sep 2014 16:22
This place is rapidly becoming my favourite of all the great pubs in Oxford. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because although it’s directly across the road from the Eagle & Child, and is almost as historic (allegedly featuring in Jude the Obscure), it doesn’t appear to have become part of the tourist trail. My friend, at the end of his first visit to Oxford declared it to be his favourite as well.

As a previous poster has mentioned, the trick here is to turn right when entering. The room and bar adjacent to the street are nothing remarkable, but the further back you go, the older things get. Wooden backed settles for seats and a huge fireplace. [ Not sure if it gets used or not ] In fact on my last visit, I discovered a whole (small) room that I hadn’t noticed before.

The beer is the one thing that I would mark down slightly. Not that there is anything wrong with the quality, and it does serve one of my all time favourites (Theakstons Old Peculier). But if you’re looking for local beer you won’t find it here. The regular beers come from places such as Cornwall, Dorset and North Yorkshire. However, the price is certainly better than some - £3.20 per pint.

The food can also be recommended. There is a limited menu of mostly “pubby” type dishes, but they are definitely cheaper than elsewhere locally, and are excellent. My chilli cost £6.95 – for historical reasons, I ALWAYS eat chilli for lunch on Oxford pub-crawls ! My friend was also very impressed with his ploughmans.

There has always been a good few people in whenever I’ve been there, but it has never been packed out. In general the clientele are very friendly, and the bar staff will even help you with your crossword when they get a chance !

9/10 – pubs don’t get much better than this.

Martinsh - 2 Sep 2014 23:08

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