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The Black Bull, Kidlington Town, Kidlington

2 Banbury Road
Kidlington
OX5 2BT
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Punch Taverns

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Quinno _ left this review about The Black Bull

Looks promising from the outside but actually this is a pretty basic L-shaped boozer which seemed to double-up as an old folks home for the Irish crowd. A weird atmosphere with half the lights off, no heating, a troglodyte barmaid and gloomy ambient techno coming from the speakers, along with myriad TVs fuzzily tuned showing Paul Scholes’ goals back catalogue. Only thing missing was the duelling banjos. No ale on, with glasses over the pumps. Went for a Guinness which in fairness was superb, one of the best I’ve ever had. A weird, weird place. If it wasn’t for the Guinness, I’d have gone proper rotten on this.

On 1st November 2016 - rating: 4
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Black Bull

A featureless pub situated on the main road through Kidlington,the large open plan interior is drab and dreary.By the entrance from the car park is a darts board,opposite the bar are an array of gaming machines,Sky Sports plays on three screens around the interior while a dog leg section contains a pool table in a dark corner with another dart board.There is a large banquette running below a front window,but most of the regulars were pertched on bar stool,liberally effing and blinding.The food menu is identical to a takeaway menu from a Chinese,and it did make me wonder if orders are just supplied from the chinky over the road.
Muzak consisted of ballards which didn't uplift the spirits,and several of the locals gave me a good looking over,as an obvious stranger.It felt a bit uncomfortable and although there were two handpumps,only one was dispensing Olde Rosie Cider,so with no real ale I had a quick half of Stella and called it a day.Best left to the regulars.

On 23rd January 2015 - rating: 4
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Oxford Parkway, 1.89 miles, 36 min walk (show)
Islip, 2.89 miles, 55 min walk (show)
Hanborough, 4.07 miles, 1 hr 18 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Black Bull, Kidlington
26th Dec 2016, 18:11
Review submitted by Quinno _
 
27th Oct 2016, 20:15
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes - Chinese - last updated 23 January 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky Sports - last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 23 January 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 23 January 2015 by Bucking Fastard
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