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The Kings Arms, Bicester

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Market Square
Bicester
OX26 6AH
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Kings Arms

With time for just one more pub before my train departed from Bicester Village station, it was a toss up between the Lamb and the King's Arms.

I was stopped at the door of the Lamb by a rope. So, I couldn't see what ales are available. But a helpful lady soon came over and advised that Landlord was on alongside a Lancaster beer. But the latter was nearly finished. Armed with this information, I decided to take a gamble and head to the King's Arms nearest the station instead. The gamble backfired!

I followed a couple of tourists into the building. The front bar is fairly cosy and also serves as the hotel's reception. The 2 ladies in front of me were asked to scan the NHS app. They tried to scan it, but clearly didn't have the app. The two staff members failed to provide an alternative solution for these potential customers. So, being unable to scan the barcode or download the app, they departed, leaving me on my own.

There are 2 handpulls. Both had Doom Bar clips. So, I reluctantly ordered a Doom Bar, only to be promptly informed that they had none. I was offered Sharp's Atlantic from keg instead and politely declined. Other options were Orchard Thieves (my choice), Pravha, Guinness, Amstel & Birra Moretti.

The staff here were a good example of "the customer is always wrong". Other customers arriving were berated by failing to adhere to guidelines, whilst somebody on the phone was told that they didn't have a reservation as they must have sent their request to the wrong email address! How businesses like this survive is beyond me. Although, the hotel is very close to the nearby Bicester Village outlet mall, which must keep it afloat.

A very disappointing end to a disappointing set of pubs in Bicester.

On 13th October 2020 - rating: 2
[User has posted 458 recommendations about 458 pubs]


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Quinno _ left this review about The Kings Arms Hotel

Hotel with a bar to the right on entrance. The bar room is quite decent, a small square space with third length varnished wood panelling and wedgewood green wallpaper. To the right is a larger lounge and food area with function room facilities beyond – the bar began to be flooded with the spill-out of a wedding taking place further in the bowels of the building. Four pumps with two ales and a cider - GK IPA, London Glory and Lilleys Lemon & Lime cider. The London Glory was in decent shape. No real complaints from me, it was a decent stop in the context of Bicester.

On 29th October 2017 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Kings Arms Hotel

Thoroughly refurbished hotel reopened in 2015 featuring a small and square-ish bar with just four tables on the left-hand side of the main entrance and a much larger dining room to the right. Modern furniture and decor throughout. Also has some wooden tables out front, but it was hardly the weather for that when I stopped by. Disappointingly, only Hook Norton Hooky (£3.95) available from the four handpumps.

On 17th April 2016 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Bicester North, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Bicester Village, 0.95 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Islip, 7.17 miles, 2 hr 18 min walk (show)
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3rd Mar 2021, 18:09
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3rd Mar 2021, 17:07
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : No last updated 13 October 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Real Cider : No last updated 13 October 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
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