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The Grapes, Oxford Central, Oxford

7 George Street
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Grapes

The Grapes feels like a traditional town boozer with plenty of wood - floors, bar, walls - comfy seating, lots knick knacks and a selection of games at the back.
The service was friendly enough and the atmosphere decent. I suspect that some of the clientele are regulars and if not then it feels that way.
Eight handpumps had on two coming soon (aaarghh!), two West Berkshire Maggs Magnificent Mild, West Berkshire Good Old Boy, XT 13 Pacific Red, Adnams Ghost Ship and Dancing Duck Nice Weather. Despite the waste of 3 handpumps I've seen many worse selections but both that we tried were flaccid prompting the inevitable decision to move swiftly on.
I liked the Grapes as a pub but the beer wasn't in sufficiently good nick to see me rushing back.

On 16th March 2018 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about The Grapes

A return visit to this pub, situated in Oxford's somewhat unprepossessing George Street and little had changed in the intervening three days since Mr. Fastard submitted his review.
Chunky wood panelling, a modern bare boarded worn floor and conventional furniture, there are hanging lamps and a chandelier. TVs with the sound off provided further unsympathetic illumination, contributing nothing to the pub's ambience. Some décor comprises Toby and pewter jugs which hang from a beam. Customers were clearly academic with some Americans droning on about their PhDs.
Ales: three pumps not clocked, then West Berkshire Brewery's Good Old Boy at under a fiver and decent.
This isn't a bad little pub but George Street isn't exactly the city's most appealing area to hang out and there's better to be had elsewhere.

On 14th March 2018 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Grapes

I popped in to see what real ales were on offer.A full range of Bath Ales and an unexceptional guest at which point I turned turtle because Bath Ales just dont suit me,harsh as that may seem.Shame this brewery owned pub isn't confident enough of the quality of their Bath Ales to put up some meaniful guest alternatives,it's now a real tied house .Well described below by other contributors.

Name changed from The Grapes to Beerd Oxford and the interior now has a designed rougher look,with lots of unplaned wood,a neon pizza sign and more beer choice.Not all 8 handpumps were in use,but besides Bath Ales (Gem,Boundary) and their sister Beerd brews (Cubic),guests came from Wild Weather Red IPA and Shepherds Warning IPA (interesting but served too warm).There are 10 craft beer fonts,if that is your game.
Friendly staff but there were some issues with the quality of the ale,strange for a GBG listed pub.

Reverted back to The Grapes , the neon signs have gone and a more traditional feel has been re-established.There maybe 8 handpumps but two were "available soon" while West Berkshire Maggs Mild was doubled up. My XT 13 was very poor ,flat ,too warm and I couldn't finish it.The keg selection seemed quite mainstream.Although owned by the same chain that operates the St Aldates Tavern,the ale quality here is way below it's sister pub .Keep on walking .

On 8th March 2018 - rating: 5
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16th Mar 2018, 11:04
Review submitted by Thuck Phat amended by Thuck Phat
16th Mar 2018, 11:03
Review submitted by Thuck Phat

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pizza-orientated. - last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 August 2017 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 March 2018 by Tris C
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Last inspected: January 26th 2017
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