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Oxford Blue, Oxford

32 Marston Street

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Komakino . left this review about Oxford Blue

Originally The Swan and The Oxford Blue for as long as I've been visiting the Cowley Road area, this has been re-decorated and re-opened again - now as part of Charles Wells' Pizza, Pots and Pints chain (see also The Radcliffe Arms in Hitchin and Old White Horse in Baldock amongst others). A garish, dark blue, dark red and cream colour scheme outside along with distressed and upcycled chic inside, including semi-exposed brick, corrugated iron, partly-ripped wallpaper and chairs of varying materials. Just Young's Bitter available from four pumps (the other three all turned around) and an 80s muzak soundtrack bubbling away in the background, which to be fair, was pretty good. This is one of a handful of "off Cowley Road" boozers clinging on and I wish them the best (the guy in charge admitted that this was the quietest pub of the chain).

On 27th August 2018 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Oxford Blue

Located just off the main road. Opened-out, horseshoe shaped interior. Bare boarded, mainly set for food on right side with drinking in the left. Rear patio garden. A mish-mash of seating including some old cinema seats in the drinking zone. Other items of interest included a large mounted stags head on the wall and a glass chessboard on my table. Velvet Underground on the speakers, better than the usual dross. Sign outside advertising free tapas with your drink and indeed I did get a little potato thingy as snack unannounced. Friendly barmaid though seemingly infused with the ghost of Frank Spencer - everything was going wrong (though not through much fault of her own I should add, and she was quite friendly). Four pumps but only one on (Hooky) and one on stillage at the bar (no sign of cooling so I skipped it, assuming it had been festering for the best part of a at least a day in the warm). My Hooky wasn’t much to write home about, tasted a bit odd. As a pub there’s not a huge amount to recommend given nearby competition. Still, the free tapas was nice.

On 6th May 2014 - rating: 5
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