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Angel and Greyhound, Oxford

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user reviews of the Angel and Greyhound, Oxford

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I agree with most comments.

It's a fair-sized, single-room pub, well-maintained, and fitted with reclaimed period woodwork and so on. There's a split level arrangement, comfy leather sofas around a blazing open fire, and it's pleasantly light and airy.

There appeared to be doors opening onto a garden area, but we didn't explore that.

The clientele were chatty but not rowdy, and the quite busy atmosphere was generally genial, when we called early on a cold, wet Friday evening. The fire ensured that we stayed, for some of the Young's ordinary bitter which was in fine form.

I think that the historic name change away from The Oranges and Lemons was perhaps wise, with its becoming rather tired and trite-sounding there in the St. Clement's area.
eddybeer - 15 Nov 2015 16:50
Bit of a 'something of nothing' pub but the Youngs Bitter was first class. As 'Timmo' stated below there is a huge photo of the place back in the late '80s on the wall. All the regulars at the time, when the pub was called the Oranges and Lemons', are in the photo. The place is worth a visit just to look at the photo!!!
wolvesfan - 16 Oct 2014 15:49
The easiest option if you are in the Cowley Road/St. Clement's Area and don't fancy the crowds overly - the sheer quaffability of Youngs ordinary helps one settle in for a good session. Previously called The Oranges and Lemons (or something like that), a large picture in the pub depicts it when it was a hub of the local music scene. Those days have gone but it remains a decent option.
BoehmBawerk - 21 Dec 2012 07:28
Friendly Young's pub. I had the Ordinary which was lovely. It's all open plan which makes it a little souless, but a good bet nonetheless.
oldloafer - 7 Mar 2012 23:28
Usually always a safe bet. Beer always in good condition whenever I have been in. Nice decor.....perhaps a few question marks on the hugh black and white photograph of the pub in a previous life showing 1977 punks enjoying a beer in the sun which is an unmissable feature point on the wall in the main bar.
Timmo - 2 Mar 2012 15:16
Fairly decent Youngs house outside of the centre of Oxford. Youngs Ordinary, Special, Waggledance & London Gold were on. The Bath Gem clip was turned. Lucky for me, they had Thatchers Heritage from a polycask behind the bar. In addition, Addlestones cider was also available. Popular with a largely middle class clientele. But a nice way to spend an hour on a summer's evening.
blue_scrumpy - 31 Jul 2011 21:23
Good Youngs Pub - the even deliver a Ram and Special without confusing looks
parmantom - 1 Apr 2011 11:29
This pub rescued us the other night after the debarkle of the beer-less Star. The Angel & Greyhound is always a popular place with lively atmosphere and good beer including Youngs and this night, Gem.
oxford_hasher - 29 Jul 2010 23:12
A good solid Youngs house beer usualy in good condition, staff friendly
alehouseman - 23 Nov 2009 14:59
Called in on a very hot day and we very much enjoyed pints of Youngs Kew Gold - a perfect summer pint. The pub itself was a bit barn like, with modern wood decor. Worth a visit for the beer though.
JBGatelad - 3 Sep 2009 20:39
Still a good pub and is recommended if you are in this side of town. Always has a good crowd too. Too expensive to rate it higher than 7
stevet650 - 14 Aug 2009 22:01
This was a favourite haunt in my Oxford dayss, the Youngs connection being the big plus. Studenty? Who cares - I always thought the student population in Oxford simply added to the buzz. Recommended.
DeepThought - 18 Jul 2008 17:47
I had a few pints of very nice Waggle Dance in the Beer Garden at the back of here on Sunday and had a very pleasant time. The moody barman from my last visit was absent and the barman that was working kept me topped up and was friendly enough.

The food looked good, but we missed it by 5 minutes as the kitchen shut at 16:00.

It is still very expensive so not a good choice of pub for a session but nice for a few civilised beers. I have upped its rating from my last visit.
Strongers - 23 Jun 2008 13:44
Above average Youngs pub. Pleasant wooden interior. Had Deuchars IPA as well as the standard Young's range when I visited. Can get a bit studenty, but for my money a better pub than Young's main Oxford pub the King's Arms.
grecian - 21 Apr 2008 10:00
Odd that people have criticised a lack of music, saying that that makes the pub dull. Maybe if you actually have decent company, you wouldn't want to disguise their presence with music to prevent conversation?
rcirani - 8 Aug 2007 16:48
Good pub and but would have a much better atmosphere if there was some background music. I have heard many times when people have suggested to go here "yeah we could do, it's just a bit dull without music". Not so bad when it's busy, more so for a monday after work beverage...
katieraa - 25 Jun 2007 14:06
I had a couple of pints here early on a Saturday afternoon and didn�t rate the place that highly.

The lager was very good, even if it was expensive, and I enjoyed the bar billiards, but I would say to the manager/bar staff that if you have a dart board people will want to play on it.

The toilet was a bit of a trek up the stairs, but at least I didn�t have to punch in a security code like I had to at the Old Black Horse across the road. (Which doesn�t seem to appear on BITE).

Looking at the other comments maybe the Angel & Greyhound gets livelier in the evening, but I found it very sterile.
Strongers - 3 Apr 2007 09:41
Nice pub, good beer. Can be a little difficult to find a seat during busy periods.
Timmo - 5 Feb 2007 15:49
lovely pint of winter warmer, nice cosy pub,8/10
fat_beer_badger - 22 Dec 2006 20:18
Food not bad at all. Beer all Youngs but not badly kept: draw your own conclusions. Often very busy, but pretty good atmosphere, and with lots of outside space for Summer. Main attraction is board games and bar billiards, though this can make the place feel like a pub for teetotallers or toddlers at times. Rare Oxford pub darts board, and thoroughly unpredictable barman.
thedts - 5 Sep 2006 01:30
Lovely pub, worth a brisk stroll over Magdalen Bridge to get to. Excellent selection of cask and bottled Young's beers. Wood panelling throughout, bar games and a small patio garden to the rear.
Jude_The_Obscure - 28 Apr 2006 19:01
Excellent Youngs beers, nice place, perfect for a few beers after work, combines an old pub feel with an airy, open atmosphere. Bar staff were fine for me or maybe I'm just too thick skinned! Definately one I'll head back to.
OldRogue - 24 Feb 2006 08:22
When I was at uni Roger the barman barred me for swearing. Apparently he never forgets a face. Next time I am in Oxford I will test this.
anonymous - 4 Jan 2006 14:10
Nice place with a good choice behind the bar. Has a great seating area in the front out on the street which is great for watching the world go by after a day in the office on a summers evening.
johnnymaher - 27 Oct 2005 11:46
Popped in the other lunchtime for a couple of pints and some food. Barman was very friendly and chatty. Food was fine.
twiglet - 26 Oct 2005 21:31
This one is just freaky if you ask me. It's got some cool games, a nice selection of drinks, a relaxed and fun atmosphere, BUT it seems that the bar staff are selected for surliness.

I've been with the meekest, most polite people you could imagine in this place and the bar staff have somehow managed to seek out and find offense with them.

It's a great place, and I still go there, but the staff seem incredibly easy to irritate. I've never seen anything like it anywhere else.
Charlie_Daniels - 1 Sep 2005 22:25
Friendly people here but what's with the 2,85 for a ... Fosters?
remchan - 11 Dec 2004 19:13
As tourists in June 2004, my husband and I made The Angel and Greyhound our "local" during our 4 day visit to Oxford. The landlords, Richard & Kathryn, were professional and friendly. Their Young's beer was well-kept, and the atmosphere of the pub was inviting. Two thumbs up!
Judy - 22 Sep 2004 18:56
Nearly three quid for a pint of Stella. But I guess that's Young's for you.
Jack - 12 Jun 2004 19:49
Another busy pub, but pretty nice. In the summer you can sit outside, away from all the smoke.
thegooddoctor - 15 May 2004 15:55
Never anywhere to sit, but great beer.

Ian - 20 Feb 2004 19:59
addendum - went there yesterday and the beer on tap was terrible
Ashley - 28 Nov 2003 15:06
Reasonable beer. Sells Young's ales in bottles for drinking in situ, at home, at the bus stop, on the bus or on the street.
Ashley - 27 Nov 2003 15:36
Nice pub, off the beaten track but popular. Good atmosphere, big tables, games. It is nicer than it sounds, but hard to describe.
Gabrielle - 22 Sep 2003 20:59
Great pub - I was there last year hope it's not changed since then, had to miss it out of this year's Oxford crawl due to lack of time! I also remember the good Youngs Bitter.
lad_newton - 2 May 2003 17:10
Classic Young's pub which serves quite the best Young's bitter you're likely to taste. Plus you can play Oxford Monopoly. An odd collection of tables - avoid the one under the dart board...
Miranda Oakley - 2 May 2003 16:11

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