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The Somerset Cocktail Lounge, Marston - pub details

Previously called: The Somerset House

Address: 241 Marston Rd, Marston, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0EN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 27285) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Oxford (1.6 miles), Islip (4.8 miles)

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As noted, The Somerset has been renamed the “Up in Arms” reflecting the local campaign to avoid the closure of the last pub in this part of Oxford. Now run by the Dodo Pub Company – a twist on resurrecting pubs near to extinction. It's been refitted in 'shabby chic' which is slightly ironic as it was derelict for a while and would have barely required the attentions of interior designers to supply 'distressed' furniture and décor. Offering a range of beers, mostly local, plus some bizarre shots together with a straightforward burger / pizza menu it was well-patronised and popular. It only re-opened recently, but let's hope this early success is enduring.
Mike_Oxford - 7 May 2019 12:23
Now the Up In Arms and part of a trio of pubs in Oxford owned by the same people including the Rusty Bicycle and Rickety Press. In the main, it's good - ales are from Arkells (a thumbs down from me for that brewery's pretty lame range) but they did have a couple of good guests on. The food - pizza and burgers - are superior and there is a good garden replete with a ping pong. We visited on the opening weekend and the only low point was the decision to play wallpaper funk at earsplitting volume at 3.30 in the afternoon on a Sunday. The pub is back thanks to a superb campaign from locals which included fundraising events.
BoehmBawerk - 29 Apr 2019 07:39
The Somerset has had several reincarnations over recent years. The 'For Sale' boards are up again to see if anybody else wants to have a go or will this pub close down forever.
Mike_Oxford - 6 Nov 2016 12:20
Great food good service and live music when I visited - refreshing to see a new lease of life here in Marston.
bazzaw - 22 Apr 2009 02:21

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