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Pub Of The Month - November 2021 with rpadam on the Pub Forum

The Oxford Tavern, Kentish Town, NW5

256 Kentish Town Road
Phone: 02074853521

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Metropolitan Pub Co (Greene King)
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Steve C left this review about The Oxford

Doombar, Sidepocket and Cornish Knocker were all available in here during my visit. It was extremely busy, but it felt busier than it should as the whole of the rear section is a dining area so everyone was crammed into the front of the pub. Fortunately I was able to grab one of the few seats that are available outside the front.

I wouldn't be upset if I found myself in here again.

On 20th November 2008 - rating: 6
[User has posted 3599 recommendations about 3579 pubs]

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Roger Button left this review about The Oxford

I used to use this place regularly in its days as the Vultures Perch but have tended to ignore it since it has been gastro'd. On the plus side they do have one of the best Ales selections in the area, usually three or four excellent rotating beers – I have noted Harveys, Deuchars, Landlord, Summer Lightning, Union, Cornish Knocker, Dr O'Kells IPA and Doom Bar on my occasional vists over the past 12 months to give a good idea of what to expect. The main problem with this place is the space available for drinkers. The entire rear section taken up by the open kitchen and dining area and what space is reserved for drinkers is rather compact and cramped. Getting a seat is virtually impossible and to stand in the bar area means a constant jostle as people pass by. The décor has a sort of dated in a trendy way approach but in places, a fresh lick of paint is required. There are traces of the original features with mosaics in the entrance door and a few remnants of the old etched windows but for the most part, not unlike the Assembly Rooms up the road, the place is gradually giving up its traditional features to the ravages of time and apathy. The dining area does have a rather grand chandelier whilst the drinkers are offered more of a B&Q version. Given how busy it gets, I have found the service pretty good and they will direct you to an upstairs overflow bar if you look lost for a table. The upstairs is however a bit soulless and comes over as a bit too much of a chill out zone for my taste. The music is a bit on the nondescript side and is generally aimed at the 20/30 age bracket. There are a few seats outside on the pavement but overall, unless you are happy with crowded vertical drinking or get there early enough to bag a table, the pub is a bit disappointing, especially considering the good beers that are on offer. Oh, and the bogs are a bit rank.

On 16th May 2008 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The Oxford

Comfortable pub selling a range of at least 3 real ales.On my visit they had 2 very good beers from Grand Union,Hayes,Middx.5 mins from Kentish Town station.

On 13th January 2007 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2044 recommendations about 2025 pubs]

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