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The Brewery Tap, Abingdon

40-42 Ock Street
OX14 5BZ
Phone: 01235521655

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Quinno _ left this review about The Brewery Tap

Ticking over nicely, pretty much as before bar a lick of paint to the outside. Excellent selection of strengths and styles over the six pumps with beers from West Berks, Fishers, Vale, Loddon, Abingdon Bridge and Tap Social. I had a half of the latter which was fag end of the barrel but still fine. Something I think is new is the decent keg selection on the wall behind the bar. My companion, a first-time visitor, immediately took to the place – “a pub man’s pub”, which is a pretty good summation.

July 2015
A revisit found the Brewery Tap much the same as previous, with high standards being maintained. Six pumps, five ales; XT Magna Carta (extremely good nick), Coastal Brewer Poldark(?), Hop Back Summer Lightning, Morlands Original (a sop to GK) and Purity Mad Goose with Thatchers Heritage as the cider. Ate here and enjoyed the food too. Well-worth a trip to Abingdon specially. Rated 9

June 2013
A large building that used to form part of the now-defunct Morlands brewery (hence the name, I suppose?). Anyway, it’s a Greene King house but is heroically run on a pretty flexible wet tie so there were a good number of (lightly sparklerised) ales on our early afternoon visit (West Berks GOB, Box Steam Derail, GK Old Golden Hen, GK Morland Original, Hop Back Crop Circle and Loose Cannon Abingdon Bridge) plus 20+ whiskies and some posh keg. I tried four of the ales (guess which four?!) and they were all in good-to-excellent condition, if a tad on the cool side. Perhaps a little samey, style-wise. Prices were a little expensive (£3.60pp+ for the ones I had) but the profits are clearly going back into the building’s infrastructure and décor which was first-rate (the gents could well be the plushest pub bogs in Oxfordshire). There’s a plenty of nooks and crannies, with a dining area up some steps to the right, the main bar as you enter and a further couple of rooms further back, the furthest of which is a lovely private snug-like room. Interior features included a flagstone floor, large lit real fire, light wood panelling, dart board (blocked though), daily papers, CAMRA mags and an up-to-date hipster-friendly jukebox. TV screens were turned off. Service was friendly too. Not sure what the polling booth for the Abingdon Morris Men was about though. This was a hugely impressive pub attempting to appeal to a more sophisticated clientèle and I’d heartily recommend it based on this visit. Rated 9

On 14th February 2019 - rating: 9
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Old Boots left this review about The Brewery Tap

Formerly the Morland's brewery tap, the Victorian tower brewery is visible up a side street next to the pub, it now sells the inferior Bury St Edmunds version of Morland's Original plus thankfully five better beers on handpump and the usual kegs and bottles. Guest ales were from Hook Norton, Batemans and a some local micros including the very nice Loose Cannon beers. Very firmly positioning itself as an ale house the inside is a muddle of small rooms and spaces on varying levels and striped pine is the order of the day for walls and tables. The front bar by the corner door and counter has stone flags, a mix of furniture, a juke box and a dart board. The screens, one of which continually shows adverts, rather spoilt the overall effect. The etched Morlands windows are worth noting, there are also some on an adjacent building which I took to be the former brewery offices. The only pub in Abingdon in the 2012 Good Beer Guide, it also does a good line in more interesting bar snacks.

On 9th June 2012 - no rating submitted
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Graham Smith left this review about The Brewery Tap

One of the better pubs in a town with more than its fair share of average ones. Usually six real ales available. Although a Greene King house there are usually a couple of genuine guest ales (i.e. not from the Greene King list of 'approved' guests). The prices here though are a bit on the steep side (ranging from £3.05 to £3.60 a pint depending on ABV). Fosters was £3.35 and Peroni £4.00. This has the effect of attracting the more 'mature' type of drinker. Food is available lunchtimes. Occasional live music, especially on Bank Holidays. Quiz night on a tuesday.

On 17th December 2010 - rating: 7
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