Pubs and Bars in Oxford

Oxford’s history is a gloriously prismatic thing, full of the characters and creative minds that have called the city and its colleges home. One should thankful to Oxford’s special blend of historic tradition, student life and English pub culture, the beautiful city has, over the years, become home to numerous unmissable and unique pubs and bars, from quirky free houses dating back centuries to contemporary, chic cocktail bars in extraordinary settings.

The Bear Inn has the proud distinction of being Oxford’s oldest surviving pub, whose history can be traced back as early as 1242. Classy, elegant and old-fashioned, The Duke of Cambridge epitomizes the classic cocktail bar and is the perfect destination for post-dinner drinks, or to simply unwind on a Friday evening in a beautiful setting. Owned by St John’s College – who also own the Lamb and Flag pub across the street – The Eagle and Child has deep roots in Oxford’s history.

Stunning, awe-inspiring, magnificent: these are only some of the words that come to mind when first confronted by Freud, one of Oxford’s most popular cocktail bars. Located in the old Frank Cooper jam and marmalade factory, a beautiful early 20th-century brick building purpose built for the company’s jam producing needs, The Jam Factory has since been converted into a contemporary restaurant, bar and art gallery. Located in Oxford’s trendy Jericho area, The Old Bookbinders is an excellent example of the traditional Oxonion pub – cosy, quirky and welcoming.

One of Oxford’s newest additions to the pub scene, having only been established in 2009, The Rusty Bicycle has nevertheless established itself as a quirky neighbourhood staple and is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in Oxford for a pint and a meal. The Trout Inn is a well-known and well-loved historic pub located in Oxford’s Port Meadow, a large area of common land filled with flora and wildlife just a few minutes walk from the centre of the city. Located down a narrow, winding alleyway, The Turf Tavern is initially tricky to find, but well worth the effort.

The Jam Factory

The Jam Factory

Restaurant, bar and gallery, the Jam Factory has become a safe haven for the fresh food lovers and art enthusiasts of Oxford. Whilst lending its walls to a diverse range of artists and building its reputation as a gallery space in its own right, we also run a variety of art classes and play host to various artistic groups
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The Bear Inn – Oxford

The Bear Inn – Oxford

The Bear Inn is home to a rather impressive (if somewhat random) collection of ties – visitors from all around the globe have contributed their neckwear. A great place to unwind, take off your own tie, and enjoy looking at everyone else’s!
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The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms

The famous Kings Arms was built in 1607 and is still standing in its original position. We're quite possibly the brainiest pub in Oxford, known for having the highest IQ per square foot of anywhere in the world!
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Turf Tavern – Oxford

Turf Tavern – Oxford

We serve delicious, freshly prepared food, all day, every day
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St Aldates Tavern – Oxford

St Aldates Tavern – Oxford

We offer a great range of real ales and craft beers, plus an impressive choice of bottled beers, wines and spirits. Freshly cooked, homemade food is served every day, including a delicious array of specials.
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The Eagle & Child – Oxford

The Eagle & Child – Oxford

The Eagle and Child lays claim to a number of interesting literary connections. J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and fellow writers met here and dubbed themselves ‘The Inklings’. They nicknamed the pub ‘The Bird and Baby’.
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Turnpike – Yarnton

Turnpike – Yarnton

The Turnpike is a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu.
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The Swan Inn – Swinbrook

The Swan Inn – Swinbrook

Situated alongside the attractive Windrush River and very much at the heart of the local village community in Swinbrook, The Swan has a rich history associated with it.
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The Rusty Bicycle

The Rusty Bicycle

The Nag’s Head – Abingdon

The Nag’s Head – Abingdon

Whether you pop in for a quick drink, or a meal with friends, you can be sure of a warm welcome from owner Mark Brock and his friendly team of bar and restaurant staff..
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Kazbar

Kazbar

Despite its Moroccan name and souk-like ambience – waxed ochre walls, old lanterns and brightly coloured cushions – Kazbar is essentially a tapas bar, and a very good one at that. Just beyond the medieval city centre, it’s a cosily romantic venue to spend an evening with friends or lovers.
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White Horse Oxford

White Horse Oxford

Fans on the Inspector Morse (and latterly Lewis) trail will find no better venue than the White Horse, squeezed between Blackwell’s bookshop and opposite Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre. Tiny, one-roomed, with photos of college teams and famous visiting drinkers, it couldn’t be anywhere else but Oxford.
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The Bullingdon

The Bullingdon

A cocktail bar with over 135 yrs of history, 40+ cocktails, a selection of wines, craft beers and artisan coffee available to take away. Open from 4pm daily.
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