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The Harcourt Arms, Oxford - pub details

Harcourt Arms
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Address: 1-2 Cranham Terrace, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6DG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 27269) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Oxford (0.5 miles), Islip (5 miles)

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Backstreet Fuller's pub where a quiz was taking place on our Thursday evening visit. I never feel particularly comfortable walking into a quiz, as you can't really enjoy a normal conversation whilst everybody is trying to listen to the questions. Nevertheless, we sat at the bar and I enjoyed a London Porter, which I rarely see on cask. London Pride was also on, along with Gale's Seafarers & Dark Star Hophead & Revelation. Decent place. But, I'd rather visit when there's no quiz!
blue_scrumpy - 13 Apr 2019 08:12
Some of the punters of this pub behave as colour prejudiced. It is frequented mostly by Jewish community who sometimes engage in singing Zionist songs. They pester Asian punters particularly those of Middle Eastern origin. They have a rat looking long nosed longish haired security man who pesters these punters by racially profiling them and haunting them, searching under their seats and treating them as if they are terrorists.
Johanes - 19 Jan 2014 03:05
A group of us went along on Friday, thinking it might be a pleasant pre theatre stop. Sadly no! My girlfriend (an English Lit grad so can term a phrase) described the "bountifully bearded" bar steward (yes thats intentional) as performing "service with a scowl"!! Why work in a pub if you don't like interacting with the public? Rude, impatient and enough to dissuade our reattendance. Enough to persuade me to write a review though, even though I haven't before, in the hope you'll read and avoid giving such a badly represented place your hard earned.
FrankSwift - 22 May 2013 12:46
I suppose all pubs have to move with the times to a certain extent, but I sometimes wonder about the people who decide what's best for the customers. For many years, the Harcourt drew a loyal crowd of regulars (and visitors) from across the world because it so typifies Oxford and what it means to be "in" a pub: a real fire, well-kept ales, an experienced landlord. An atmosphere of calm prevailed with pleasantly dim lighting, table tops worn by generations of pint pots, and the gentle hum of conversation among friends.
Fast forward to late 2012 and the image has been shattered. The fine quality post-war interior with its wood panelling has been painted over in battleship grey, much of the seating has been ripped out or entirely or replaced with pseudo-retro alternatives, even a glitter ball now hangs incongruously behind the bar. A true classic no more ....
Rarelyseen - 16 Dec 2012 17:59
Not living in Oxford anymore I hadnít been here for a couple of years but had fond memorys of it. I gather it has changed hands since then and Iím sorry to say it has gone down hill a lot. A friend and I visited a few weeks ago and were left depressed by the whole experience! The usual assortment of old and young local drunks make up the punters and couldnít have been less welcoming. Conversation seemed to consist of fart gags and specualtion about which member of staff the landlady is ďfavouringĒ. We felt very uncomfortable and left after one watery ale. It cant seem to decide whether itís an old mans pub or an artistic persons front room and the fact that it was virtually empty on a Friday evening means it will probably go the way of so many local boozers. A pity because it used to be a cosy place, but I wonít be returning for another couple of years.


jcosby - 4 Oct 2012 12:14

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