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Penny Black

Address: 58 Sheep Street, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6JW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 9862) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bicester North (0.4 miles), Bicester Town (0.5 miles)

Chain: Wetherspoons

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> Current user rating: 4.8/10 (rated by 21 users)
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Almost 4 years on and nothing has changed. The two banks of handpumps are still duplicated and even worse they were three GK beers on with Old Speckled Hen joining the Abbot and Ruddles so that reduced the choice to three. The Doom Bar clip was turned round (no disappointment) reducing the choice to two which left Hook Norton Old Hooky easily available in this area and Shepherd Neame Spitfire Amber which I have not tried for some time so settled for that. Guess had run out although the clip had not been turned round. As per my previous posting I was left with Hobson's choice. Old Hooky it was. I also ordered fish and chips and lo and behold they had run out of fish. Can I recommend this place? NO!
yellowfever - 19 Mar 2019 11:50
Look carefully at the two banks of six handpulls and you will see they are duplicated so a choice of twelve become six. These consist of Ruddles bitter and Abbot (both Greene King so I avoid) and Doom Bar (found everywhere and like drinking undiluted syrup). So I was left with three guest ales which were Wild Weather Ales Howlin' Gale mild, Evan Evans Gold Hop and Moorhouse's Farmhouse. Having requested Gold Hop I was told it had just run out, the Farmhouse tasted strange (maybe the end of the barrel) so I asked for it to be replaced with a Howlin' Gale which it was without question and to be fair this was quite drinkable. I was intending to stay for two or three pints but only had the one as a result of my bitter (excuse the pun) disappointment.
yellowfever - 23 Apr 2015 11:46
Has somehow made it on to Beer in the Evening twice which is twice too many. Like all Wetherspoons, it's cheap but that's where the advantages end because again, like all Wetherspoons, it's an aircraft hangar of a place, full of geezers (young and old), full of day-glo adverts for its wares, owned by a UKIP sympathiser and joint responsible with Costa Coffee and others for the uniformity of Britain's high streets. All wrong then and even the beer selection and taste on this visit was rubbish.
BoehmBawerk - 5 Jun 2013 08:12
Not a bad 'spoons; i've been to a lot worse. Quiet on friday when i visited, i had a nice pint of North Cotswold Shagweaver. Pub serves up to 8 locally sourced ales in good condition
ahscum - 17 Apr 2012 19:45
Their sign says they have free wifi--and I asked them again verbally, the bartender confirmed they have it. When I turned on my computer (after ordering something and paying for it), turned out their wifi was not working. I asked nicely whether they could check why it was not working, and all I got was there was little they could do. Eventually someone agreed to turn their server switch off then back on. Still nothing. So wifi doesn't work as they advertised.
drtoad55 - 1 Apr 2012 19:39

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