The Best Pubs in Oxford

Oxford, also known as the “City of Dreaming Spires”, is a city that sits within central southern England, and boasts beautiful architectural landmarks from as early as the 12th century.
Oxford is visited by millions of people every year, and given its historic buildings, grand library’s and 38 colleges within Oxford’s medieval town centre, we aren’t surprised by this figure!
As tourists flock to Oxford for weekend’s away and UK holidays, it’s inevitable that Oxford needed a ‘best pubs’ list. With its medieval background, the pubs in Oxford are beautiful to look at and offer amazingly hearty food!

The Rose and Crown -
14, North Parade Avenue, Oxford, OX2 6LX
The Rose and Crown has a very extensive history, dating back to 1863. The land that the pub sits on was split into 42 lots, all of which were sold at auction. 2 of these lots were purchased by a servant, Daniel Stokes, in 1836, where 1 lot was turned into a cottage for him and his family to reside. The other lot was left unused until Daniel Stokes built a public house in 1863, and named in The Rose and Crown 4 years later.
This pub offers a variety of different food, perfect for the whole family; from blue cheese, apple and walnut baguettes, to a full English breakfast and scampi and chips.
A favourite with the locals is the Rose and Crowns ‘share a pint’ meal which is simply a pint of sausages with chips and English mustard. How amazing does that sound?!
The Rickety Press -
67 Cranham St, Oxford, OX2 6DE
Round the corner from the Rose and Crown, you’ll find this little gem, the Rickety Press. Open every day of the week, with a take-out and delivery service, this pub has the opposite feel to its neighbouring pubs.
Dodo Pubs began in 2009, in East Oxford, with their first pub The Rusty Bicycle. Due to its popularity, Dodo Pubs purchased a run down building, the Rickety Press, and opened a gastropub. Over the years, the Rickety Press won many Michelin Bib Gourmand awards but the owners decided that a gastropub wasn’t their vibe and turned it into the modernised pub that it is today.
It’s a very modern pub that primarily serves breakfast, burgers and pizzas, but oh my, do their burgers look to-die-for!

The Old Bookbinders Ale House (
17-18 Victor Street, Jericho, Oxford, OX2 6BT
The Old Bookbinders Ale House in Oxford is situated just outside of the city centre, making it the perfect pub for a relaxing evening away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This pub is a family-run venue, and the Sadones family have kept to their ancestors roots by keeping the historic design and feel of the building, dating back to Yesteryear.
Not your average pub, the Old Bookbinders Ale House is proud to offer French-bistro inspired food accompanied by real British ale! They don’t have a large offering for food, but they pride themselves on offering quality over quantity, and often change their menu to mix things up a bit!
The White Rabbit (
21 Friars Entry, Oxford, OX1 2BY
Open seven days a week, The White Rabbit is one of Oxford’s favourite pubs. The White Rabbit is situated behind the Playhouse Theatre making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before a night at the theatre.
The White Rabbit pride themselves on offering true Italian produce and have weekly deliveries of the best ingredients imported from Italy! The White Rabbit pub is brilliant if you’re into pizza and beer. They’re selection of pizza is very large with the option of having a gluten-free base, too!
The beer that they sell are from independent local brewers, and they have A LOT to choose from, from fruity IPA’s to Dark Ale and gluten-free pale ale made in Oxford itself!
Turf Tavern (
4-5 Bath Place, Oxford, OX1 3SU
Turf Tavern sits in the heart of Oxford. Surrounded by its many medieval colleges and universities, and historic museums, this pub is in a prime location for having a warm, hearty meal after a day of sightseeing.
Turf Tavern is a pub in the Greene King chain, and is well known for its dynamic food and generous portions making it the perfect place to enjoy a family meal. The diverse range of food that the Turf Tavern has to offer means that anyone can attend and enjoy a great meal. The Turf Tavern offers light snacks and salads, steaks, burgers and the classic British pub food, sausage and mash, and steak and ale pie.
Royal Blenheim (
13 St Ebbes Street, Oxford, OX1 1PT
The Royal Blenheim sits within the same vicinity as the Turf Tavern and is surrounded by medieval culture. There’s plenty to do and see, all within walking distance of the Royal Blenheim. If city culture is your thing, the Royal Blenheim is the perfect place to wind down after a day of seeing the sights.
If sitting back with a beer is your thing, the Royal Blenheim has been voted one of the top four cask ale pubs in Oxford - what an achievement!
The Royal Blenheim offer a diverse range of foods, with a great variety in their vegetarian and vegan options, too.
Oxford’s pubs come in abundance, pair that with the historical buildings, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy a lovely day, weekend away or holiday in Oxford.
If hearty pub food is your thing, then we’d highly suggest testing out at least one of these lovely pubs. They’re great to wind down in after a day of sightseeing!

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