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The Library, St Clements, Oxford

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
182 Cowley Road
Oxford
OX4 1UE
Phone: 01865241776
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Tris C left this review about The Library

Despite living for four years just off the Cowley Road, we never ventured into this pub which despite looking like a conversion, was originally the Crown, dating back to at least 1871, acquiring its current name in 2011.
The interior is tiny with a small pale wood bar and décor comprising pale grey t 'n' g to dado height with white walls above. There's a modern wood floor with much foreign brewery guff to the walls, the overall impression given is one of being a small live music dive bar which is what it is, given that live music can be heard wafting up from the basement, competing with the ambient music playing in the bar. Sport is obviously shown at times as there's a projector screwed to the ceiling. Due to the size, furniture is limited, comprising just a few tall stools and drinking ledges whilst there's comfortable seating in the patio garden out back. Customers seemed to be a mixed bunch with older trendies, hipsters and a younger crowd who I suspect may not be students given the university holidays.
Ales: surprisingly one real ale, XT's Cormorant at a reasonable £2.00 a half.
This place is better than expected, though expectations should never be high when tramping along what is probably Oxford's most unappealing street.

On 28th August 2019 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Library

Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pub, seemingly a converted single row house squashed in amongst bigger, more dominating buildings. The main room is pretty small, only space for 30 or so with a teeny bar at the far right end. Extra seating is downstairs on way to a rear patio garden. Odd mixture of customers, middle-aged trendies in the front bar, posho students out back and a collection of gibbering chimps who I was struggling to place as being students or local. One ale on, a fair Adnams Bitter. Efficient, hardworking barman made sure to acknowledge me despite the queue and lack of help. TV showing Champs League footy in main bar. Pizza oven in the rear patio, fired up and working and at around 6 quid a go not bad value either. Intriguing little place, a 6.5.

On 6th May 2014 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Oxford, 1.81 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 4.71 miles, 1 hr 30 min walk (show)
Radley, 4.9 miles, 1 hr 34 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 January 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 03 June 2019 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes - All under-18s banished by 7.00 pm. - last updated 17 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 17 January 2017 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 17 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 June 2019 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No - Stepped access. - last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 28 August 2019 by Tris C
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