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The Castle, Oxford Central, Oxford

24 Paradise Street
Oxford
OX1 1LD
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Tris C left this review about The Castle

Originally the Paradise House and rebuilt in 1892 to the designs of H. G. Drinkwater, this was known as the Oxford Ale House in the 1980s prior to being renamed as the Castle Tavern in the 1990s, after nearby Oxford castle. Acquired by Hook Norton in 2016, the name now abbreviated to that of the Castle. I seem to recall that some 25 years ago this was the meeting place for members of the Oxford University Beer Appreciation Society.
Another first in this former gay pub the other night, shortly after a renovation which saw the pub reopen on 22nd September 2017. It’s a mix of the modern and traditional; the beamed ceiling is low and the walls, partly bare brick, are painted the all-pervasive contemporary grey/blue tones; lighting comes from modest chandeliers. The floor is modern untreated bare boarded so should wear well. Furniture is fairly conventional along with some blue and beige velour and leatherette peripheral seats. There’s also a basement bar which I suppose doubles as a function venue. Muted mood music played over the gramophone and clients were very thin on the ground, comprising mainly American academics. The absence of punters in here may be explained by the pub being a bit off the beaten track – not in a good way – and adrift from the city centre, comfortably under the tourists’ radar.
Ales: the bar displayed an inviting eight pumps, all in use and dispensing a wide variety of beverages. Regrettably I failed to read the pump clips’ descriptions and ended up ordering a pint of Weston’s cherry cider. It was the colour of Campari, though as my roots lie in Herefordshire and I was brought up on Weston’s (at that time I doubt anyone had heard of the company outside the county), it went down satisfactorily though I’d not have plumped for a second pint.
This is a decent place though may be less ghostly during university term time. I’d have no problem returning as this makes for a pleasant one-two with the Jolly Farmers next door, but there’s better to be had throughout the rest of the city.

On 15th March 2018 - rating: 5
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moby duck left this review about The Castle

A corner pub with a mock Tudor frontage, Hook Nortons first foray into Oxford, the internal room is raised above street level with the bar to your right as you enter with a smallish room beyond, smart but not particularly remarkable with plenty of sensible height seating but also some high, presumably to lend a little trendiness to the setting. Eight handpumps lined the bar, four beers from Hook Norton including an excellent Double Stout, a couple of guest beers, 360 degrees Pale Ale and Gun Dog Jack Spaniels,on the last two handles were a couple of Ciders, the two guys working the bar seemed to know their stuff and were quick and efficient, always reassuring.
This is now a half decent pub with a well balanced beer selection,a little off the main drag but certainly worth a look.

On 25th February 2018 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Castle

Taken over and re-opened by Hook Norton in 2017, this is a much better incarnation now than previous. There has been a fair bit of work inside and it feels quite new and needs time to bed in a bit. As noted elsewhere it’s a mixture of traditional and modern. I forgot to note the full range of beers on as I was pressed for time but I do recall seeing XT and at least one cider alongside the Hook Norton brews. I inevitably headed towards the rarely-spotted-in-cask Hooky Double Stout which, whilst being a little on the flat side, was still an excellent brew and easily the best in their range. Hopefully this one will bed down and get a loyal following which will be enough to keep the beer ticking over – Oxford is awash with pubs and bars and the position of this one is not obvious to tourists and the like and is also well-above street level.

December 2013
Popped in here for a swift one after realising the next train to Didcot was a good 30mins. Picked mainly because of the impressive mock-Tudor exterior, we didn’t expect much what with the Greene King branding but even by their standards this one was crushingly poor. A large, dark, drab room with one GK ale (IPA) that was utterly vile which eventually got replaced by a Guinness by the fairly clueless barman. For 10 long minutes it was just us and the server before we scarpered. Mentioned elsewhere that this (or was?) a gay pub (I didn’t notice anything rainbow-coloured myself); pity them if this is the best one in Oxford. Rated 3

On 10th February 2018 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Oxford, 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 3.98 miles, 1 hr 16 min walk (show)
Radley, 5.42 miles, 1 hr 44 min walk (show)
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10th Nov 2018, 17:55
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10th Nov 2018, 17:55
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 02 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 25 February 2018 by moby duck
  • Function Room : Yes - Downstairs bar. - last updated 14 March 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pizza-orientated. - last updated 14 March 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 25 February 2018 by moby duck
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 25 February 2018 by moby duck
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 24 July 2018 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs up/down stairs. - last updated 14 March 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : No last updated 14 March 2018 by Tris C
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - Midnight
Saturday11am - Midnight
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