Into the home strait now, and along lovely St Giles for the pub I’d have recommended to any visitor before today.
I know the detail is important to you, so I should add that before that Mrs RM headed for a flat white in Blackwell’s Café Nero. It’s a good place to people watch.
Like everywhere else on Saturday, Café Nero was heaving. It was inevitable that the Lamb & Flag would be packed, but also that our group would somehow find a table for seven (unreserved, of course).
Having captured someone seemingly from the 18th century on camera (above), it’s inevitable that my shots of folk from 2018 are so blurry.
Not just dark, but also so busy I struggled to read the handpumps in both bars. But Paul Mudge knows his BBBs, and told me to go for the Palmers IPA.
As with the 6X earlier, this was a classic but overlooked family brewer beer in top condition (NBSS 3.5). What could Oxford have done with an Arkells, or Batemans, or Harveys ?
Cool and fruity, and also very cheap, say my notes. I suspect “very cheap” means £3.30 rather than £2.70, mind.
And the pub is a proper drinkers pub, free of table reservations and other fads. I’d still come here if I could go to just one pub in town.
Pub Curmudgeon has posted an excellent summary on the Oxford trip here.
As he notes, all the pubs were full, and with plenty of younger people. And they seemed quite happy with traditional pubs serving a range of cask beers not a lot wider than I remember from trips to away games at Oxford United 20 years ago.
And the keg didn’t seem much different either, unless I’d missed a crafty white back board somewhere. On the keg font facing me I noted Guinness, Becks, Peroni, Fosters Kronenberg. Which of those is craft ?