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The Brasenose Arms, Banbury

Station Road
Postal town: Banbury
OX17 1PW
Phone: 01295750244

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Brasenose Arms

An old building in Oxfordshire stone set in this pretty village ,and the obvious place for a midweek lunchtime stop given the restricted opening hours of the Red Lion.You enter into a dining area ,which extends to the back of the building,while to your left is the bar room .The ceilings are low with beams likely to catch lanky customers,and the furniture here is a little worn with a pine circular table,a sofa,some 4 seater wooden tables and a drinking shelf with stools under the window.There are two small wood burners,but the interior is functional rather than attractive.Outside there is a very large beer garden ,no doubt much used during the annual Folk Festival,and many photos around the interior pay hommage to the event.
Everybody is very friendly ,and the real ale options on my trip were Black Sheep Bitter,Hooky Bitter,Doom Bar and TT Landlord.That is hardly an exciting line up and looks drawn from a pubco list but I have to say that my Landlord was in excellent shape,noteworthy given how difficult this ale is to condition properly.
Several people were eating ,but food doesn't dominate and the pub had the comfortable feel of a village boozer.Worth a visit if in the area,a short walk from the Oxford canal.

On 14th June 2018 - rating: 7
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Brasenose Arms

Despite a current Good Beer Guide listing, we were very disappointed to find that the whole range of real ales were in very poor condition, the Doombar being completely undrinkable. Someone was even complaining about the Amstel! Hopefully a temporary aberration but take care. Otherwise not too bad. Restaurant apparently has a good reputation but we didn't stop to find out.

On 4th June 2016 - rating: 5
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Nick Davies left this review about The Brasenose Arms

This solid, prosperous looking Cotswold stone pub has been serving customers for 350 years. The front entrance leads to a rather cosy restaurant, drinkers are directed to the left of the building where the very traditional (despite a huge, incongruous but I suspect compulsory sofa) bar is. Probably uniquely the pub has its own coffee roastery, and you can sample the product and buy the beans and various other products. There's a big beer garden to the rear, as well as a smokers' corner near the door.

Service is friendly, but it does suffer from being an Enterprise lease, so you're stuck with Doombar, Broadside, Landlord. Old Hookey was the token local brew on our visit.

Well worth a look, but let down by the stifled beer range.

On 28th May 2016 - rating: 7
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