The Royal Oak, just across the road from the venue, is very good. But it’s not very big, so if you all go there it will be a very tight squeeze. I suggest instead that you spread yourselves out among the following hostelries.
Near the venue
- The Royal Oak, 42-44 Woodstock Rd
- Rose and Crown, 14 North Parade
- Duke of Cambridge, 5-6 Little Clarendon St
- Angels Cocktail Bar, 55 Little Clarendon St
- Raoul’s Bar, 32 Walton St
- The Rickety Press, 67 Cranham St
- The Old Bookbinder’s, 17-18 Victor St
- The Gardener’s Arms, 39 Plantation Road (vegetarian) (don’t go to the pub of the same name on North Parade by mistake!)
- Jericho Tavern, 56 Walton St
- The Victoria, 90 Walton St
In the city centre
A personal selection.
- Eagle and Child, 49 St Giles
- Lamb and Flag, 12 St Giles
- White Horse, 52 Broad St
- King’s Arms, 40 Holywell St
- Turf Tavern, 4-5 Bath Pl (claims to be the oldest pub in Oxford)
- Bear Inn, 6 Alfred St (also claims to be the oldest pub in Oxford…)
- The Jam Factory, Hollybush Row (near the station)
On the rivers
These two pubs are a lovely walk away, across Port Meadow. The Perch is in Binsey, near the south end of the meadow, and The Trout in Godstow at the north end, both close to the River Thames.
You can hire a punt from the Cherwell Boathouse, and punt about 45 minutes upstream to the Victoria Arms on the Cherwell. If you don’t want to punt, and the weather is dry (so the ground is not too muddy), you could also walk up the east side of the river: go through the University Parks, cross Rainbow Bridge, and turn left along the riverbank; cross Marston Ferry Road with care, and continue another 100m along the footpath on the other side. Note that the Parks close at dusk.
- The Victoria Arms, Old Marston
All three of these pubs also serve good food.