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The Jolly Boatman, Kidlington

Banbury Road
Thrupp
Postal town: Kidlington
OX5 1JU
Phone: 01865377800
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Jolly Boatman

Seemed to be stuck in a bit of 1990's timewarp and at time of visit on a Bank Holiday singularly failing to attract drinkers or diners. A shame as it has huge potential, but doesn't make best use of its canalside location. The beers were in good form however - I had a very nice pint of London Red. Cask Marque listed.

On 4th June 2016 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Jolly Boatman

Wedged between a busy main road and the Oxford Canal ,the exterior is attractive in Oxfordshire stone and the building is clearly old given the low ceilings everywhere.There are several distinct rooms,to the right the barn restaurant with large windows overlooking the towpath and the best place inside to view passing boats.To the left is a bar room with a long red leather bench,two fireplaces (one with a real fire,charming) a few round tables and a small bay window seat.Down a step is a snug where free newspapers are kept on a ledge,and tables which are also used mainly by diners.The internal decor is very modern and a real contrast with the outside,it was quite a shock on entering.Muzak and candles on each table again hinted at a chain vibe,it's quite corporate and has none of the earthy charm of a canalside pub.
In good weather there is a lot of outside seating,a terrace to the front,benches running along the towpath and a covered patio with large sofas beyond the kitchen extractor fan further down the towpath.
It's a GK tied house with three handpumps but just two dispensing on my trip a house Boatman's Bitter (3.9% almost certainly the stock H&H branded Bitter) and GK St Edmunds( avarage beer at a rip off £1.95 a half).I didnt eat so cant comment on quality but dining was popular on my lunchtime visit.
It's smart and may well suit car bourne diners,but if you want decent ale in authentic surroundings you may well have to seek pastures further afield

On 19th February 2015 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Oxford Parkway, 2.94 miles, 56 min walk (show)
Islip, 3.77 miles, 1 hr 12 min walk (show)
Hanborough, 3.89 miles, 1 hr 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Jolly Boatman, Thrupp
4th Jun 2016, 19:33
Review submitted by Graham Coombs
 
19th Feb 2015, 10:41
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 June 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 June 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 June 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 February 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 19 February 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 19 February 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Darts : No last updated 04 June 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 February 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 June 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 June 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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