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The Nags Head on the Thames

The Bridge
Abingdon
OX14 3HX
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Nags Head on the Thames

The Grade II listed Nags Head is situated halfway across Abingdon Bridge, nestled in stunning surroundings on Nag’s Island (not sure which came first), positioned in the middle of the Thames.
Internally its modern décor is nothing you haven’t seen many times before from Gastro pubs. White painted brick mixing with half-timbered walls in Farrow and Ball Duck egg blue shades with the odd pink and burgundy surface thrown in to try and make the place at least a little bit interesting. And then the usual clean wooden flooring throughout.
You enter from the bridge into the upper bar area which has a few tables dotted about, and then you transcend some steps into the restaurant section below, which also goes outside onto a decking area for dining on fine days.
The first thing that sets The Nags Head apart from the usual Gastro pub model is a very decent beer range. The bar supports eight hand pumps from what I could see, although the sign outside advertised 10 real ales. These included regionals such as Doombore, Adnams Ghost Ship and something called Nag's Island Ale, which a house beer is brewed by Caledonian I believe, and Westons Old Rosie Cloudy Cider. But then the rest were all local offerings in the shape of Loddon Brewery Ferryman's Gold, West Berkshire Brewery Mr Chubbs, Plain Ales India Plain Ale and Vale Brewery Red Kite. So a very decent choice that I guess contributed to it being the local Camra Town and Village Pub of the Year for three years running between 2013 and 2015.
But the real key selling point for this pub is the excellent garden at riverside level which stretches back filling the rear of the island providing great views of the surrounding countryside whilst the Thames flows either side of you. The garden has its own bar area, but only with one real ale available, the Nags Island Ale, and a garden Pizza hut serving Pizza’s and grilled meats to the garden area. There’s plenty of seating which includes a raised decking area underneath a couple of large jumbrellas. This area also doubles as the stage for live music which includes an afternoon Jazz session most Sundays in summer.
We were primarily here to eat in the restaurant (very good Sunday lunch and traditional pub dish menu by the way ), but as we were blessed with a fine weather day, after a walk up and down the Thames path we returned to the pub garden in time for the Jazz band and enjoyed a couple more pints to some sultry Sax tunes.
If all food focussed gastro pubs were like this one, I wouldn’t have to be so dismissive of the genre.

On 15th June 2017 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Nags Head on the Thames

A lovely location on the bridge with a large garden meandering down the canalside. Interior is fairly modern. A downside was a distinct smell of sewerage and awful gents (‘like ones you’d find in a municipal park’ mused Desmond). Loads of pumps and plenty of ales across the whole range of styles. My Crouch Vale Amarillo was in good shape and if time had permitted I’d also have loved a try of the Titanic Stout and Cotswold Mild. Keen barman told us of an upcoming beer festival with around 50 to choose from over the long weekend. Pretty good overall, could be even better if they spend some of the beer festival profit sorting the bogs out.

On 24th July 2015 - rating: 7
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Graham Smith left this review about The Nags Head on the Thames

This pub is in a great location on Abingdon bridge, next to the River Thames, just a three minute stroll from the market place. In the summer the steamers from / to Oxford go from here and it has a lovely large garden next to the river. Quite comfortable inside with seating on two levels. Large screens show Sky Sports most of the time. The pub has a pool table, usual machines and does reasonable food seven days a week. They have a choice of four real ales, sometimes including some more unusual ones, but often it's the usual Greene King choice. The pub has a free water font in the bar for customers to help themselves and plastic cups are provided for this. Is currently selling Fosters at £2.15 a pint and John Smiths Smooth (Yuk!) for £2.10. A pleasant pub but often the service is a little on the slow side and it does get busy at weekends with young locals when it can get quite quite boisterous.

On 2nd December 2010 - rating: 6
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - 2 or 3 per year - last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 30p per pint - last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes - Jazz Sunday afternoon. Rock Friday night - last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 February 2017 by ROB Camra
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Last inspected: November 17th 2015
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