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The new owners are well intentioned but the food is too expensive and not good enough. This pub used to be great under the previous landlord and it should be a lot better. Other pubs nearby like this are rammed so Fullers are daft not to put a better landlord in here
lowrider - 9 Dec 2014 10:55
Fullers pub about 5 mins off the A40 heading out of Oxford with thatched roof and Cotswold-type stone. The interior is stone-walled and beamed with flagstone flooring. The emphasis is squarely on food and has traded on its reputation as a restaurant in recent memory, although standards may be slipping on that front if reviews on TripAdvisor are anything to be believed. Two ales on tap; London Pride and Seafarers. Must be my luck as the latter was on the turn, but exchanged with no quibble. Smattering of diners in and around created a culinary rather than potation ambience and the muzak was a come-down from the 80s new-wave at The Masons Arms in Headington Quarry I’d just experienced (another classic pub surprisingly missing from BITE). A shame that The Star Inn just around the corner is currently closed really.
Komakino - 19 Feb 2014 12:15
A review score of 4/10 seems surprisingly low but I suspect most are a few years old. I hadn't been since 2004 and I remembered this to be a very pleasant place so 4 of us went for lunch on Sunday. I wasn't drinking so can't comment on the quality of the beer (they had 3 ales on tap including Seafarer's and London Pride) but the food was excellent and reasonably priced. �50 for four drinks, meals and coffees. Service was also quick, polite and helpful. It's a bit of a pain to get to from Oxford but it's well worth the trip.
DuchyBoy - 19 May 2010 13:41
Competent food-oriented establishment. A recent visit consisted of a pint of Seafarer's (probably the best thing in the Fuller's range at the moment), which was very good, plus meal for the lady and I. Both meals were very good, and service was friendly. I'd return.
thomashenry - 19 Jun 2009 10:00
I was rather surprised that a Fullers pub served a pint of London Pride so cold on a wet September evening that the glass was covered in condensation. The main gripe was with the food and the service however. Having selected a dish with "fresh cut chips" from the menu, I was most unhappy to be served what were clearly frozen chips. When I queried this with the manager he insisted that they were freshly cut each morning. Patent nonsense, and the waitress had admitted as much previously. No chance of us returning here. It was also apparent that the manger had favourites amonst the customers, he fawned over some and was most abrupt with others.
stokiepotter - 9 Sep 2008 11:29
Now a shadow of it's former self.Shabby service and mediocre food
chappers2341 - 1 Jun 2008 00:06
great pub,wonderful food and drink, staff professional and curtious. definatly worth revisiting.
anonymous - 6 Sep 2007 09:39
It's hard to define what makes for a feeling of grace, style or charm are in a pub restaurant: it's something to do with an unpretentiously welcoming atmosphere, a menu which invites curiosity and which gives the impression of undergoing frequent seasonal change. It's to do with a friendly, professional and and informed waiting staff. Don't go here if you expect any of this. Expect a surly reception, loud background muzak, a baldly phrased prix fixe menu, mediocre and priced-up food-with-an-attitude (the ghost of middle-range English hotel fare came to mind in the stock which ruined the watercress soup), and the sort of non-presentation (three blobs of ice cream dumped naked on a long thin plate) which I thought disapeared in the 1950s. "Chef wants to know woss wrong with the soup", the waiter said to my daughter when she failed to finish it. When my mother asked him to "take �80" (including a tip) the off-hand reply was "yeah why not". What a contrast with a score of other places in Oxford.
anonymous - 28 Aug 2007 15:08
Such a great shame the manageress has to post positive comments about her own business, whilst at the same time posting derogatory comments about other public houses taking far more money than her own sadly ailing one.

If she concentrated more on better service, higher quality food and better kept real ales than she may also have a successful business similar to that of her extremley good looking superiors!

from Mr S. Ramos
Cheekyemmanuel - 21 Aug 2007 19:40
Had a fantastic night refurbishment looks great still keeping great service with comfy sofas to relax in loved it and going back for more....
anonymous - 28 Jul 2007 00:52
We were here Tuesday night - fantastic service - food perfect and filling - prices very reasonable a good selection of wines/beers - Pride tasting really good and my friend said the Discovery was great! Well done to the team - they've turned it round well.
anonymous - 6 Jul 2007 01:16
Marco Pierre White would hide in shame were he to see what Fullers have done to this once famous restaurant. The Manageress, Heather, was attentive, friendly and a model professional but, had absolutely no wine or food knowledge. You just wondered exactly what she was doing there, decoration pressumably?

Stick to Excellent beer in London Fullers as you do so well at the moment. Leave restauranting to the professionals. Please.
anonymous - 30 Apr 2007 16:09
Very good food and very well kept cask ales; Hook Norton beers are usually served. Friendly staff from Oz and a pleasant ambience.
Jude_The_Obscure - 28 Apr 2006 18:54

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