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The Penny Black (JD Wetherspoon), Bicester

58 Sheep Street
Bicester
OX26 6JW
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J D Wetherspoon

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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Penny Black (JD Wetherspoon)

Fairly bland branch of Wetherspoon's that used to be the town's main post office. As usual, the interior stretches back quite a way.

The ale selection is probably the best in Bicester. But there was nothing that particularly inspired me. The standard selection of Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best & Sharp's Doom Bar was supplemented by Adnams Ghost Ship, Ringwood Forty Niner, Exmoor Gold & Woodforde's Admiral's Reserve.

With no dark beers and no real cider, I decided not to use my 50p CAMRA voucher and instead plumped for a half of the Forty Niner.

Waiting staff offered to take my order, given I generally have problems using the Wetherspoon's app. But for the first time ever, I successfully managed to order and pay for a drink using their app. I've still no idea why it wouldn't work before, as I followed the same procedure as always!

Within moments, my Forty Niner had appeared on the bar frustratingly close to me. It took significantly longer for it to make its way to my table. Nevertheless, a moment of joy that the app had finally worked for me!

On 13th October 2020 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Penny Black (JD Wetherspoon)

Long narrow Spoons converted from the old post office building. It’s a pretty good conversion with white and battleship grey shades inside and the rear section had a nice arched ceiling. There’s some random medieval touches including helmets above the fake inglenook - I assumed philately would have been the dominant theme?! To the rear is a decent patio garden, past what appeared to be an unofficial creche replete with small children lounging around on the floor. 12 pumps with six ales on. Three guests in the form of Three Castles (not great), Lees Moonraker and Arundel Stronghold (good). Kerfuffle at the bar as the tubby barmaid (a speciality here) charged for three pints rather than just the two. So-so, overall. 5.5

On 29th October 2017 - rating: 5
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Aqualung . left this review about The Penny Black (JD Wetherspoon)

This Spoons is a conversion from a Post and Sorting Office that despite opening in the 1990s isn't too stereotypical from that era. It's a long narrow room with a raised area at the front on the right and a wooden floor in the central bar area. The toilets are at ground level which is a bonus. The bar has two sets of six hand pumps which had the JDW Trio Of Doom with Ruddles and Doom Bore as well as Grafton Blondie doubled up and five festival beers. I went for the Everard's Pitch Black and Greene King Old Crafty Hen both at the festival price of £2.45 and both in excellent condition.
I thought this was a decent Spoons.

On 25th October 2016 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Richard Arwkrite
Bicester North, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Bicester Village, 1.03 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Islip, 7.25 miles, 2 hr 19 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Penny Black (JD Wetherspoon), Bicester
13th Oct 2020, 19:59
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
 
3rd Nov 2017, 23:19
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Rear Patio - last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No - just the usual 50p vouchers - last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes - very - last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 13 October 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
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