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The Magdalen Arms, Iffley Road, Oxford

243 Iffley Road
Oxford
OX4 1SJ
Phone: 01865243159
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Tris C left this review about The Magdalen Arms

I lived for four years around the corner from here and haven’t been in since at least 2000 when this pub was indeed a bit rough round the edges and was home to three pool tables with red, blue and yellow baize.
Now it’s a serious gastropub - 2019 Michelin Guide - with much chunky furniture and the aforementioned plum coloured spacious interior with cream coloured ceiling and modern boarded floor. You can tell it’s a gastropub, as the staff all wear navy blue aprons with white stripes and many of the tables are laid for dining, quite a few with reserved signs on the large pale pine tables. Illumination comes courtesy of large metal shaded hanging lamps. There’s an open kitchen, so that excess heat can drain into the pub and clanking noises can compete with the subdued mood music. There’s a side patio and one to the rear which is non-smoking. Naturally, given the nature of the place, there are no TVs and as mentioned, bogs are indeed very nice, but don't justify a visit in their own right.
Ales: Deuchars IPA with clip thankfully reversed, Old Hooky, Bank’s Hopfest and Ghost Ship at a rather pricey £2.25 a half, though in good shape.
This isn’t a bad place and in a decent location, but it really is more restaurant than boozer where I’d prefer to eat rather than drink but it would make for a good inclusion with the Chester and Fir Tree on the way to the Isis Farmhouse.

On 29th August 2019 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Magdalen Arms

An unremarkable exterior that gives few clues as to its function. Inside it's huge, a dimly lit burgundy/plum shade main room with chunky wood furnishings and a pine bar top. To the rear beyond a couple of screens is a table service restaurant (‘Michelin recommended’, apparently). No garden but external seating runs the length of the pub. Child friendly, including what appeared to be a box of kids toys so one to avoid if you don’t like sprogs with your pint. No sign of the bar billiards table mentioned in the WhatPub review. Four pumps with three on, amazingly all Caledonian; Deuchars, Golden XPA and Trojan Horse which is their stab at a black IPA which was sweet and tasted of horseradish but condition wise it was in good condition. Also bowls of gratis crisps and nuts at the bar. Nice bogs. Could take it or leave it as a venue.

On 7th November 2014 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Magdalen Arms

This is billed as a gastro pub restaurant but looked definitely more Gastro restaurant than pub when I poked my nose in. Apparently the Magdalen Arms underwent a major refurb in early 2010 when it was transformed from rough house boozer into Gastro pub experience by the people behind the well-known leading Gastro pub / restaurant, the Anchor & Hope in Waterloo.
Dark plum coloured décor with lots of assorted tables, there is a long bar all along one side. However it didn’t strike me as the type of place you would be comfortable just having a drink in.
Won’t rate it as we didn’t stay but moved to the Rusty Bicycle around the corner , which is a proper pub.

On 21st August 2012 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Oxford, 2.07 miles, 40 min walk (show)
Radley, 4.45 miles, 1 hr 25 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 4.97 miles, 1 hr 35 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Magdalen Arms, Oxford
29th Aug 2019, 17:26
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
29th Aug 2019, 17:18
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 February 2019 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 02 February 2019 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 February 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Quinno _
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