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Apothecary Tap, Banbury

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4a Church Lane
OX16 5LR
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Komakino . left this review about The Old Town Ale & Cider House

This micropub sadly closed in September 2018, after less than twelve months in business. The landlord had been looking to hand over the reins to someone else, but due to a lack of interest, decided to close. A shame, when you consider the comments from my colleagues below as well as the proximity to the town's other micro, The Bailiff's Tap, The White Horse and Ye Olde Reine Deer making for a great "stumbling distance" mini-crawl.

19th December 2017
A second micro for this North Oxon market town after The Bailiff's Tap opened at the start of the year. Housed in a former health food shop premises in and among the warren of Banbury's pedestrian walkways. Neat, clean and tidy inside with an array of varied tables and chairs, hops lining the upper perimeter of the walls and bar centre-right, with four handpumps (Black Sheep Blitzen, North Cotswold Winter Solstice, Isaac Poad All Four and Saddleback Slaughterhouse), eight on stillage behind and six boxes of real ciders / perries. The guv'nor has been in the trade a while, and was previously at the Hook Norton brewery tap The Pear Tree so knows his stuff and my Winter Solstice was in fine form and a real bargain at £3.00 for a pint's worth offered in either straight or handled form. Crisps, nuts and scratchings form the limited bar snack menu, but you are allowed to bring your own food in. There's also a generous discount for Camra members. Another good edition of this new style of drinking establishment and makes for a decent triumvirate with The Bailiff's and Ye Olde Reine Deer.

On 24th October 2018 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Old Town Ale & Cider House

Originally a health food shop, which was converted to Banbury's second micropub in Nov 2017. The now landlord, previously ran the Pear Tree in Hook Norton. There were four beers racked behind the bar on our visit, which could be dispensed either directly from the cask or via handpump on the bar, depending whether you wanted a head on your beer or not. This was quite inventive and I hadn't seen this method anywhere else yet. The four choices on the day were Salopian Shropshire Gold, Loose Cannon Gunners Gold, Manning Brewers Cave Man and Clouded Minds Scintilla. I went for the Manning Brewers Cave Man, which was a very decent red ale and it was also in excellent condition. As BF mentions in his review, I also found the florescent strip ceiling lighting to be unforgiving. The landlord was very chatty and welcoming, There was also a choice of ten ciders on our visit. I would definitely call again as the landlord knows his good beers.

On 26th June 2018 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Old Town Ale & Cider House

At last, somewhere that serves a decent pint in Banbury and long overdue.
As mentioned, a micro-pub in a converted shop which has a bar at the back on the right hand side.
Unlike some micros, this place feels decently furnished, comfortable and established with dog biscuits and the odd board game kicking about.
The governor has a reputation for being a little taciturn but I found him friendly and engaging and he recognised us on subsequent visits.
Beers rotate with the four on when we visited being Bakehouse Liquid Bread, Windsor and Eton Windsor Knot, Surrey Hills Albury Ruby and Pilgrim Progress in addition to seven ciders. Everything that we tried was in good shape.
An excellent addition in a town which has struggled on the ale front for decades.

On 18th June 2018 - rating: 7
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Banbury, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Kings Sutton, 4.09 miles, 1 hr 18 min walk (show)
Heyford, 11.87 miles, 3 hr 49 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Apothecary Tap, Banbury
21st Aug 2019, 18:08
Request to mark pub as open by Quinno _ approved
21st Aug 2019, 18:08
Request to mark pub as open submitted by Quinno _

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