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The Bear, Oxford Central, Oxford

6 Alfred Street
Oxford
OX1 4EH
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Bear

Reputedly the oldest pub in Oxford, first impressions weren’t great when approaching from the rear, with a covered decking area which included a TV screen showing the rugby at far too high a volume. Persevere though, and you’ll find something altogether much better.

Internally it consists of two rooms, both quite small, and finding somewhere to sit is liable to be tricky at busier times. In fact when we visited, it was hard enough just finding somewhere to stand. The rear room had full height wood panelling on the walls as well as a wood strip floor, although both the walls and ceiling were pretty much completely covered with glass display cases housing a massive collection of old ties, each one apparently catalogued with an identification label. A few brass bell pushes were inset in to the wood panelling which were presumably for table service back in the day, although I suspect these are no longer in use. A small TV was rather incongruously wedged in to one corner, although fortunately this was not in use.

Beers on tap were predominantly from Fuller’s with their Bengal Lancer, Oliver’s Island, ESB, HSB and London Pride and these were joined by Shotover Prospect. The solitary cider meanwhile was Stowford Press. All in all, well worth a visit, although it’s not quite as relaxing as it could be simply due to it’s popularity.

On 16th November 2018 - rating: 8
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Bear

Really good boozer - just off the main drag. Great atmosphere, plenty of conversation. Great old interior with partioned alcoves and a top pint of ESB.

Recommended.

Visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2tFIpRz

On 27th July 2017 - rating: 10
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Bear

Historic 13th Century pub which is now a Fullers tied house. It is quite small inside with the not particularly large low-ceilinged main bar having two smaller rooms adjoining it, one with the impressive tie collection previously mentioned. The is complemented by a larger outside drinking area to the side of the pub, unfortunately in front of a modern brick building housing shops, so the contrast with the inside of the pub could be greater.
Unfortunately, as we chose to visit on Graduation day, every available area including the outside section was rammed so this wasn’t a very comfortable visit.
But I saw enough of the place to consider a revisit when back in town.

On 11th August 2016 - rating: 6
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Oxford, 0.77 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 3.88 miles, 1 hr 14 min walk (show)
Radley, 5.41 miles, 1 hr 44 min walk (show)
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