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St Aldates Tavern, Oxford

108 St Aldates
Phone: 01865241185
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Pub SignMan left this review about St Aldates Tavern

This is a cosy and compact single room pub with a good central location close to Christ Church College. The pub has a lovely herringbone patterned parquet floor, walls painted in a warm colour scheme and a high ceiling dotted with fancy light fittings. A row of tables and chairs runs down each side of the room, supplemented by a drinking ledge to the right with some high stools, and a short L-shaped banquette under one of the front windows. The room’s centrepiece is probably the attractive fireplace, which stands to the left, just before the servery appears midway into the room. The bar counter has a sweeping curved end, fronted by nice wood panels, all in front of a rather pedestrian modern bar back. The place has gone for a contemporary version of a traditional pub, and this is perhaps best reflected in the décor and furnishings, which include some very cool looking old lamps, lots of miscellaneous pictures around the walls, a trophy cabinet with various bits of sporting equipment next to it, several mirrors, some old barrel ends and a couple of TV screens, one of which was showing a muted football documentary for the benefit of absolutely no-one. The pub does run a way beyond the bar, but seating back here seemed to be pretty limited and no-one was sat back her. There was a good collection of board games stacked up in the front window and the clientele ranged from elderly ladies dining, young students reading in front of the fireplace and a few lecturer types. A decent indie soundtrack played at an unobtrusive level throughout the course of my visit.
A cheery barman greeted me and poured me a fine pint of Oakham Citra from a cask range that also included XT25, Animal Ice Kings, St Austell Tribute and Hook Norton old Hooky plus a Lilleys cider and an unused pump. The Citra was in excellent condition and was definitely befitting of the pub’s Good Beer Guide inclusion.
This seemed like a very nice little pub doing all of the basics pretty well. I felt very welcome and comfortable sat here with my beer and paper and could happily have spent longer here if the opportunity had arisen. I perhaps doesn’t quite have the ‘wow’ factor of some of Oxford’s more prominent historic pubs, nor quite the ale range of a top alehouse, but I enjoyed my time here and would definitely recommend it as a quiet bolthole away from the tourists and shoppers that dominate this part of town.

On 7th February 2022 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about St Aldates Tavern

Attractive city-centre pub, albeit less interesting inside than one might hope with a heavily modified bar area and partially opened-out room beyond. However, the selection from the seven handpumps included Flying Monk Pendulum (£4.55), a couple from Loose Cannon as well as XT3 (one of the regular beers from that brewery).

On 29th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about St Aldates Tavern

Modest sized interior which has a modern vibe despite the age of the building.On entering there is a long "scrubbed" refectory table in the middle where you may well share the space,a further long table,fitted bench seating below a window and a drinking ledge with associated high stools.Above the old fireplace is a flatscreen cleverly disguised with a picture of the area clipped on when not in use,a great idea.It appeared that currently only 6 nations rugby will be screened.The bar is to one side,while to the rear is another seating area down a step immediately infront of the opening for the kitchen.
Food is popular here,posh pub grub served on bread boards and slates with the chips in an enamel mug rather than builders tea.Most mains are over £10,but the quality looked good and the fish & chips were doing a roaring trade to the afterwork crowd with the interior quite busy on a Wednesday evening visit.
The bar sports 6 handpumps with regulars in the shape of Dark Star Hophead , Hooky Bitter and something from XT while on my trip one of the guests was from XT's occasional brewhouse Animal Brewing Bastard Bunny Brew Ha Ha,a 7% double IPA in such fine condition that a second pint had to be consumed as the big finish to a very good ale session.The keg selection also included something interesting from XT and Dogfish besides the usual suspects.
I found the service to be very crisp and efficient ,with a great steer to a very decent curry house close by.Although prices for both ale and food are at a premium,if the pub continues to offer a good range of ale strengths and styles in good nick ,with the sad passing of Far From the Madding Crowd this would now be my first choice for real ale in the city centre.Fully deserves it's 2015 GBG listing.

A change of vibe here ,more sports bar orientated and a greater student mix and odour,it's a bit scruffy.BT Sport was airing a Spurs Champions League defeat.However the ale choice and condition still make this one of the better pubs to visit in Oxford,a city not noted for real ale excellence.

On 8th March 2018 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Oxford, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 3.83 miles, 1 hr 13 min walk (show)
Radley, 5.35 miles, 1 hr 43 min walk (show)
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7th Feb 2022, 17:17
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
29th Sep 2019, 18:08
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 March 2015 by E TA
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - BT Sport - last updated 08 March 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 07 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
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