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Beer of the Week (w/e 15th September 2019) with Mobyduck on the Pub Forum

The Duke of Oxford, Weston Central, Weston Super Mare

27 Oxford Street
Weston Super Mare
BS23 1TF
Phone: 01934642404

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Duke of Oxford

Renamed yet again since my previous visit and although the basic layout remains largely unchanged, it has had a decent refurbishment and now seems generally much more inviting, with a friendly barmaid and quite a relaxed feel to it.

Décor wise it now has something of a rustic feel, with some old wooden beams around and small sections of exposed brickwork. Lighting was provided by exposed filament bulbs, which is of course de rigour in any pub renovation these days. Flooring was mostly dark laminate along with some stripy carpet, and the remaining timberwork was painted a dark green, with white plasterwork elsewhere. Some small sections of stained glass were in the top of the windows. A couple of recessed seating areas with lower ceiling sections looked quite cosy, and the striped bench seating here matched the carpet. A small penny farthing was in one window, whilst elsewhere were a baby grand piano and a guitar, although whether these are used or merely decorative I’m not sure.

Beers on tap were Rebel Kurt and their own Duke of Oxford, whilst a third pump appeared unused. Ciders were well represented with Thatcher’s Gold, Thatcher’s Haze, Lilley’s Elderflower and Lilley’s Somerset Scrumpy. All in all, I thought they had done a decent job here and I hope they’re more successful than most of the previous owners seem to have been.

On 21st September 2018 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Kameleon

A large, street corner pub that was surprisingly deserted on a recent Thursday evening visit. Going on previous experience, the opening hours can be somewhat erratic so perhaps that has led to a reduction in any regular clientele. It has had various names (The Pig & Truffle and The Three Queens are two that spring to mind) and colour schemes over the years which suggests that despite it’s prominent position in the town centre it is not a particularly successful venue.

Inside the decor is an odd mix of old and contemporary. There are a few very old oak beams and support posts for example, but also freshly plastered ceilings with recessed down lighters. There was some exposed brickwork around, although for the most part the walls were plastered and painted cream with dark brown wood panelling on the lower part of the walls. Although all one open space, it’s divided in to two halves by a couple of steps and some balustrade. The upper half at the front of the pub is carpeted and tightly packed with tables and chairs, plus a couple of red leather sofa’s in front of a small fireplace. Many of the tables had a (very tacky) ornament of some type on – imagine if you can someone trying to make a small display of flowers out of pink and silver foil and you’ll have an idea what it was like.

The lower half had wooden boards on the floor, little in the way of seating and was dominated by a pool table in the middle of the room. What may have been a small stage area was in one corner, and this had an extremely large speaker on it. There were also several more fixed to the walls, a few disco type lights around and what could have been a DJ console on the opposite side of the room, suggesting that at times it could be somewhat livelier than it was when we visited. There looked as though there may have been an upstairs area although this was in darkness, and presumably some type of terrace or patio as well since the smoking area was signposted as being upstairs.

Food options were limited to things with chips such as Cod, Scampi, Ham & Egg, Burger or Sausage. These were all priced at £5.50. Beers on tap were Doom Bar and Butcombe whilst the solitary cider was Thatcher’s Gold.

On 22nd March 2013 - rating: 4
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