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The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon), Oxford Central, Oxford

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
40 Castle Street
Oxford
OX1 1AY
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J D Wetherspoon

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Aqualung . left this review about The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

I was hoping to get here from the Royal Blenheim by cutting through the Westgate shopping centre but it's now just a building site with the Sainsbury's clinging defiantly on. I was surprised to see that it was once a Lloyds as I could see no evidence of that and even the JDW Directory (a shambolic booklet to say the least) doesn't say it's a Lloyds.
It's set in a modern office block or something so is uninspiring as a building but apart from that I thought it was fine.
The two banks of five hand pumps had two available soon, the IPA version of the JDW Trio Of Doom, North Cotswold Hung Drawn 'N' Portered, Hook Norton Nerdherder, Ringwood 49er, Ascot Anastasia Stout and Prescott Chequered Flag. I went for the North Cotswold Porter (£2.75) which was excellent.
I thought this was a good Spoons and given that the beers in the other one were mostly boring bitters I preferred the choice here. I thought both were good Spoons especially considering the dross you find in most city centres and the standard guest price of £2.59 in both is reasonable being the same as the George in Wanstead.

On 27th June 2016 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

A rather dull 'Spoons in the heart of Oxford City centre, handy for the bus stop and the cheap shops, but generally avoided by the student body. It has the standard mute gaming machines, cheap furniture and free WiFI, the food is straight out of the box, and the clientele are the JDW usuals. The staff were predictably inefficient – five people behind the bar, but only one serving; the rest studiously avoided eye contact. The bar is quite open and airy, the outside seating area at the back reasonably pleasant when the Sun shines, but for some reason the smokers preferred to lurk in the alley. There were 6 ales and one cider on draft. I had a pint of North Cotswold Moretown Mild, a fairly decent pint but near the end of its life. I'd come back to use the CAMRA vouchers and include in a crawl, but it isn't somewhere to eat or spend quality time as there are so many good pubs in the area.

On 14th August 2015 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Swan & Castle (JD Wetherspoon)

Popped in towards the end of an epic Oxford crawl for a meal and a soft drink. Interior remains pretty much the same as before. Food was fair, bit stingy on the chips though I thought.

July 2011
Super-new open plan modern Lloyds No 1 in a modern block that replaced the Bar Ha Ha which stood here previously. The interior is up-market but lacking any real charm, with tables and chairs rammed into almost every inch of floorspace. The large plate glass front windows at least allow for some brightness. The ale selection wasn’t that great and my Oxfordshire Ales Pride of Oxford was anything but. I doubt I’d bother with this one again as the Four Candles is a better bet for the JDW vouchers. Rated 5

On 10th May 2014 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Oxford, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 3.95 miles, 1 hr 16 min walk (show)
Radley, 5.41 miles, 1 hr 44 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW vouchers only - last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 23 April 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 23 April 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 June 2015 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 29 January 2015 by ROB Camra
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