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The Cowley Retreat, St Clements, Oxford

Pub added by Quinno _
172 Cowley Road
Oxford
OX4 1UE
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Tris C left this review about The Cowley Retreat

A first in here the other day to what was originally the Ampney Cottage and trading by at least the late 19th century, later renamed Hobgoblin with the current name applied in 2012.
It's quite large inside and a bit woody with a slight 'spoons feel to it, thereafter a bit by-the-numbers 21st century pub: ubiquitous blue/grey paintwork, some bare brick, modern boarded floor, white ceiling, mixed furniture with leatherette banquette booths, high/low tables and stools, exposed RSJs, heavy duty chrome hanging lamps, wire caged bulkhead lights to the ceiling and lots of TVs (off). Out back there's an attractive good sized beer patio.
Ales: four reversed clips, then just Gloom and XT3 at £1.90 the half and slightly on the turn.
This is Cowley Road so there's little reason to pay a special visit, but you could do worse if in the area.

On 28th August 2019 - rating: 4
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Quinno _ left this review about The Cowley Retreat

Big overhaul from its Hobgoblin days. Fairly corporate and opened out interior, dimly lit. Over-loud music for a weekday evening. Tealights on the tables but not really the clientele to appreciate it. Six pumps with everything reversed bar Brakspear Oxford Gold (which was in good shape) and Westons Old Rosie. Decent sized rear patio with attendant gargoyles overlooking the street. WiFi available. TVs showing muted news, a couple of customers wanting the football were directed by me (the ditzy barmaid was no help) to The Library as they wouldn’t put it on. Plays on the ‘retreat’ moniker but didn't really feel like one to me.

April 2008 [Reviewed as Hobgoblin incarnation]
Useful place to get a couple of jars in before the Zodiac, although the ale selection has always been fairly mainstream and limited when I go (usually end up with Abbott). Does tend to get the odd annoying student in. Not bad for its location, a bit basic inside but maybe that’s part of the charm? Rated 5

On 6th May 2014 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Quinno _
Oxford, 1.8 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 4.69 miles, 1 hr 30 min walk (show)
Radley, 4.88 miles, 1 hr 34 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 April 2008 by David McNally
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 August 2019 by Tris C
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