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The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon), Oxford

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40 Castle Street

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J D Wetherspoon

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

Modern 'spoons with a partly sub-divided overall 'staple'-shaped bar, all fairly formulaic but it benefits from windows on two-and-a-bit sides so isn't too gloomy within. Moderately interesting selection of seven real ales from the two banks of five handpumps, such as my Green Jack Waxwing (£2.49).

On 29th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

I was hoping to get here from the Royal Blenheim by cutting through the Westgate shopping centre but it's now just a building site with the Sainsbury's clinging defiantly on. I was surprised to see that it was once a Lloyds as I could see no evidence of that and even the JDW Directory (a shambolic booklet to say the least) doesn't say it's a Lloyds.
It's set in a modern office block or something so is uninspiring as a building but apart from that I thought it was fine.
The two banks of five hand pumps had two available soon, the IPA version of the JDW Trio Of Doom, North Cotswold Hung Drawn 'N' Portered, Hook Norton Nerdherder, Ringwood 49er, Ascot Anastasia Stout and Prescott Chequered Flag. I went for the North Cotswold Porter (£2.75) which was excellent.
I thought this was a good Spoons and given that the beers in the other one were mostly boring bitters I preferred the choice here. I thought both were good Spoons especially considering the dross you find in most city centres and the standard guest price of £2.59 in both is reasonable being the same as the George in Wanstead.

On 27th June 2016 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

A rather dull 'Spoons in the heart of Oxford City centre, handy for the bus stop and the cheap shops, but generally avoided by the student body. It has the standard mute gaming machines, cheap furniture and free WiFI, the food is straight out of the box, and the clientele are the JDW usuals. The staff were predictably inefficient – five people behind the bar, but only one serving; the rest studiously avoided eye contact. The bar is quite open and airy, the outside seating area at the back reasonably pleasant when the Sun shines, but for some reason the smokers preferred to lurk in the alley. There were 6 ales and one cider on draft. I had a pint of North Cotswold Moretown Mild, a fairly decent pint but near the end of its life. I'd come back to use the CAMRA vouchers and include in a crawl, but it isn't somewhere to eat or spend quality time as there are so many good pubs in the area.

On 14th August 2015 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

Popped in towards the end of an epic Oxford crawl for a meal and a soft drink. Interior remains pretty much the same as before. Food was fair, bit stingy on the chips though I thought.

July 2011
Super-new open plan modern Lloyds No 1 in a modern block that replaced the Bar Ha Ha which stood here previously. The interior is up-market but lacking any real charm, with tables and chairs rammed into almost every inch of floorspace. The large plate glass front windows at least allow for some brightness. The ale selection wasn’t that great and my Oxfordshire Ales Pride of Oxford was anything but. I doubt I’d bother with this one again as the Four Candles is a better bet for the JDW vouchers. Rated 5

On 10th May 2014 - rating: 5
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Peter Rydings left this review about The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

Its a spoons like i have said there either good or bad this is a good one plenty of hand pulls on had a good pint of Great Gey Owl sat out and enjoyed the sun

On 18th July 2013 - rating: 10
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