First a “Punk’s Not Dead” theme, now a real “Flogging a Dead Horse” effort to squeeze an eighth Oxford post out of one pub crawl.
But I like pouring over the lessons learned, even if it’s from barely 3% of Oxford’s pubs;
- Eight busy pubs, suggesting there’s plenty of life left in the traditional pub yet in prosperous cities like Oxford, despite the emergence of Brew Dog, Pint Shop and some keg bars. They were busy on my last mid-week visit, too.
- It is possible to find younger people enjoying pubs and not using their I-Phones.
- It requires some skilled pubmanship, as demonstrated by Mrs RM and Pub Curmudgeon, to secure a table in a busy pub, but sitting is infinitely preferable to standing in a pub.
- There’s plenty of life left in Boring Brown Bitter yet, with Pedigree, 6X and Palmers the pick of some good quality beer in Oxford. If in doubt, drink what Paul Mudge is drinking.
- The cask beer range in Oxford hasn’t changed that much in 25 years, but you do see keg in the more unlikely of places, such as the new Hook Norton place.
- If in doubt, go for Siren.
- Beer & Pubs Forum folk are capable of organising a good pub crawl and avoiding difficult political chat. Next test of that in Wolves on April 4th..
- Despite not seeing a single pub cat*, Pub Curmudgeon is capable of looking quite contented (see top).
- I really want a Sam Smiths pub in Cambridge.
*though there was a lovely pair of Blue Staffies in the Turf, now Mudgie reminds me.