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The Royal Blenheim, Oxford Central, Oxford

13 St Ebbes Street
Oxford
OX1 1PT
Phone: 01865242355
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Royal Blenheim

Tucked away down a side street, but nonetheless just a short stroll from Oxford’s main thoroughfare, this is a substantial brick built pub on a street corner, and whilst it doesn’t look anything particularly remarkable from the outside, there was an exceptionally large range of beers available.

Internally it’s one single L-shape room with a reasonably contemporary appearance, although more in a refurbished way than anything to extreme. Wood strip is on the majority of the floor with some chequered tiling elsewhere, whilst the ceiling was a deep blue colour. Taupe wood panelling was on much of the walls as well as some green wallpaper in places and padded bench seating ran around much of the perimeter. A porch with some stained glass made something of a feature in one corner and there were several pictures of Oxford boat crews on the walls as well as some black and white sketches and a few random quotes painted on the beams such as “There’s always time for one more pint” which was attributed to Inspector Morse. A few tatty plants on the window sills completed the interior decorations, although there was also a projector screen at one end, which looked a little out of place. Although not in use, it had yet to be rolled up for some reason, and we passed by earlier in the day when the rugby was being screened and the pub looked to be full to capacity.

I counted no less than ten pumps on the bar, although a nearby chalkboard actually listed twelve, so perhaps there were a couple more somewhere. On this visit they consisted of Titanic Plum Porter, Titanic Cheery Dark, White Horse Bitter, White Horse Wayland Smithy, White Horse Village Idiot, Everards Tiger, Saltaire Amarillo, Wingle Rambler, White Horse Show Pony RPA, Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout, Longman American Pale Ale and Longman Old Man. After that lot, the cider choice was a little disappointing with just Stowford Press. Overall with it’s friendly staff and good beer choice, this is well worth seeking out.

On 16th November 2018 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Royal Blenheim

ORIGINAL REVIEW June 2013

The exterior pub signage carries so many references to The White Horse Brewery that it would be easy to mistake this for the pubs name.It's a Project William pub with Everards owning the freehold and showcasing White Horse beers.The street corner local is quite small inside,open plan, with some floor tiling around the bar,a raised section to the right with it's own darts alcove and a mix of traditional furniture.Two flat screen were featuring limited overs cricket at low volume.
Nine handpumps greet the real ale drinker and on my trip this meant Everards Amber Mild,White Horse Brewery Bitter, Village Idiot and Wayland Smithy,a Weston Scrumpy cider,York Guzzler and three Welsh ales all of which were "available soon" from Breconshire Brewery and Bragdy Nant.The barman was a taff and I suspect this is a popular drinking hole for our Welsh cousins.
Quiz night on Wednesday and a wide selection of reasonable priced pub grub,jackets £4.65,mains £7-9,lead to the feeling this doesnt feature high in tourist guides,it's all very relaxed.
Project William pubs really shine when the brewer they showcase is at the top of the brewing game,it's therefore a shame that White Horse produce rather run of the mill brews IMHO,with only three on and better choices from the guests.Worth including on a crawl however given the focus on real ale and it's listing in the 2013 GBG.

UPDATE

When I heard the news that Titanic would takeover from White Horse,I started salivating.However the reality on the ground is that although Titanic have the lease on this Everards Project William pub ,they have passed the management back to White Horse.After an uninspiring refurb a new tenant has taken over ,but he seemed very unenthusiastic about the superb Titanic range of real ales and much more wedded to the insipid indifference from the White Horse Brewery. Consequently you may well find just Titanic Plum Porter on handpump,supplemented by their Stout and Cherry Dark on keg.Captain Smith may show up on cask from time to time but Iceberg has been black balled.White Horse still have 3 handpumps allocated to them.Until Titanic sort this situation out and start to really showcase their wares ,I'm dropping the rating .A full range of Titanic ales ,and less indifferent guests would make this a 9,and the destination real ale pub in Oxford,a city with a very poor real ale scene at present.

On 18th May 2018 - rating: 7
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Royal Blenheim

There is already much written below on the pub itself which I won't repeat other than to say that it does feel like a recent, modern refurbishment.
The key is that Titanic are taking over from White Horse as the Project William partners and this is already in evidence. Beers on were: Titanic Plum Porter and Captain Smiths, White Village Idiot and By George Bitter, Wayland Smithy, Shotover Poets Tipple, Everards Tiger, Dark Star The Original and an appalling Luna Star Gazer. The Plum Porter was very good but Iceberg or White Star may have been more appropriate for a warm evening.
In addition to the handpumps there are 9 keg taps on the wall behind the bar but with the Titanic offerings on cask these didn't get a look in.
Clearly our visit was as the pub was mid-transition but with a full Titanic takeover this will become the first, and likely last, visit in oxford.

On 14th May 2018 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Oxford, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 3.92 miles, 1 hr 15 min walk (show)
Radley, 5.36 miles, 1 hr 43 min walk (show)
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16th Nov 2018, 11:20
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11th Nov 2018, 09:07
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by Oxford CAMRA - last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes - Not Saturday or Sunday evening - last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : No last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 July 2017 by ROB Camra
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Last inspected: January 9th 2018
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