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I am a former pub landlord who had a couple of pubs listed in the Good Beer Guide - all of my pubs sold real Ale and I am a great beleiver in supporting small local breweries and free trade pubs. I enjoy many different types of pub from a busy city live music venue to a cosy country pub with a real fire - all I ask for is a well kept pint at a decent price and a friendly atmosphere - something which seems to beyond a lot of places these days .

Username: DiscoJoe

Age: 55

Sex: male

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The Royal Oak, Oxford

Visted this many years ago and it really hasnt changed very much at all.Several small rooms with a bar in the middle serving just 2 ales on our visit. However both were well served and well kept. The rooms are all quite small and cosy - making a visit quite a personal experience. We had a meal from a 2 or 3 course set menu - priced at around £10 offers pretty good value in Oxford. The food was tasty , served quickly and all of our group were more than satisfied. Service was excellent with the bar staff bringing the drinks and opening a tab for us - quite unusual in this type of venue. Toilets were clean and although the pub itself was a little bit shabby - this tends to add rather than take away from the ambience. I recommend the five minute walk from the city centre - all round good stuff.

15 Mar 2013 16:45

The Eagle and Child, Oxford

Well known Historic pub in the centre of Oxford very much on the tourist trail but real pub lovers may be somewhat disappointed. Currently appears to be under The Nicholsons chain - which works well usually - the beer selection was standard Nicholsons fayre and well kept. Bar staff were efficient and friendly. The pub is long and thin and has been extended on several occaisions - The middle room smells of kitchens and the back smells of the gents - very traditional. The 2 front room snugs were closed for painting - but expect my experience would have been better had they been open. Changes may be coming here soon - hopefully for the better. Its OK , but there are a lot of much better pubs nearby which have upped the game.

15 Mar 2013 16:33

Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford

Pleasant side street one room real ale pub. More of a bar than a pub , but dont be put off - It was comfortable and friendly with a good selection of well kept ales. Staff are enthusiastic about the ale and this comes across quite clearly.Would certainly visit again.

15 Mar 2013 16:14

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DiscoJoe has been registered on this site since 1st February 2009