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    Another cheapo rail offer on the go centred on Oxford http://response.pure360.com/interfac...03353134531268

    I've just booked up for a day out next Tuesday (28th) for £8 return. I've compiled a schedule of pubs but if anyone has any tips on the must do's/avoids, I am all ears. Naturally if anyone wants to join me, feel free.

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    Damn you I haven't been to Oxford for ages but I suspect that I can't get that date off, I would join you otherwise!

    The Eagle and Child - worth a half for the front interior but don't plan your day round it

    Turf Tavern - The big tick box pub in OX1

    The White Horse - my personal Oxford favourite

    Lamb & Flag - good beer and has Betty Stoggs

    Far From the Madding Crowd - very good for ale though a lot of people says it lacks charm

    The Kings Arms - decent beer but I've never been over-keen on the inside

    Not been to these but meant to be very good: The Grapes and The Royal Blenheim

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    I would say that on a day in Oxford the 'must do' pubs within the city centre are;
    Far from the Madding Crowd
    Turf Tavern
    The Royal Blenheim
    All three have a good choice of real ales. FFMC is a free house and usually has five fairly unusual ales and Brakspears. Turf is Greene King but unusually is allowed a free hand with guest ales (and the building and location is fabulous). Blenheim is a good town boozer run by the White Horse brewery as their brewery tap.

    The Crown is worth a look if time permits (often has Jaipur IPA).
    The Mitre is an historic coaching inn but the ale choice is poor.
    Both of the Wetherspoons are fairly average

    For a special treat jump on a number 7C or 8 bus and go to the Masons Arms in Headington. It brews its own beer (Old Bog brewery) and is a great community pub, but be warned it is hard to find and check it doesn't close in the afternoons.

    I hope you have a good day out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grailhunter View Post
    For a special treat jump on a number 7C or 8 bus and go to the Masons Arms in Headington. It brews its own beer (Old Bog brewery) and is a great community pub, but be warned it is hard to find and check it doesn't close in the afternoons.
    The Masons Arms now that's a good 'un, been there!

    I've asked for the 28th off, more in hope than expectation mind you!

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    I've cut my tick list down to 12 so far and all the ones you have all mentioned are still on the list so pub review websites must be doing something right! I'll make a note of the Masons Arms and see if I can fit it in but given that this is my first proper beer trip to Oxford, I will probably just stay with the town centre pubs on this occasion unless anyone joins me and wants to do otherwise.

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    The Royal Blenheim is an Everards scheme pub so there is usually one of theirs on plus about 3 White Horse brewery and about 6 guests on so is worth a visit. Agree with the other suggestions too.

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    I think the only one on my list that no-one has mentioned is the Duke's Cut so I'll use that as a reserve if I finish the other 11 with time to spare!

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    Love Oxford for a weekend away with the Mrs , a few of my favorites (much the same as Quinnos) though not been for a couple of years

    White Horse - 6 ales , Tribute , Wayland Smithy , Doombar + guests
    Lamb and Flag - 6ales , Palmers Best , Gold , Betty Stogs + guests , also has Cotswold Lager , Lager with flavour
    Turf - 10 ales , mostly GK and there own Turf summer ale + guests , bloody ackward to find
    Grapes - 4 ales 2 from Exmoor , 2 from GK on my last visit

    Was not to impressed with the Kings Arms (mostly Youngs) , the Mitre had an intresting interior but no ale , the Bear used to be good but did not visit last time
    Theres a Man with a Mullet going Mad with a Mallet in Millets !

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    Only been once, when I managed to lose fairly detailed (if not particularly legible) notes of the day in pub 10or11, of 12.
    Rather annoyed about that, and a hung-over phone around next day did not locate them.
    Good deal though Roger - date flexibility would still offer plenty of £1/£3/£5 ew tickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinno View Post
    I've asked for the 28th off, more in hope than expectation mind you!
    Well I've been (grudgingly) given it, so count me in.

    What time are you planning on being there?

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