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Penny Black, Bicester

Almost 4 years on and nothing has changed. The two banks of handpumps are still duplicated and even worse they were three GK beers on with Old Speckled Hen joining the Abbot and Ruddles so that reduced the choice to three. The Doom Bar clip was turned round (no disappointment) reducing the choice to two which left Hook Norton Old Hooky easily available in this area and Shepherd Neame Spitfire Amber which I have not tried for some time so settled for that. Guess had run out although the clip had not been turned round. As per my previous posting I was left with Hobson's choice. Old Hooky it was. I also ordered fish and chips and lo and behold they had run out of fish. Can I recommend this place? NO!

19 Mar 2019 11:50

The Black Horse Hotel, Thame

Formerly a down-market pub attracting the younger element and not sorely missed. Was closed for a year or so but reopened late 2017 as a White Brasserie gastropub, part of chef Raymond Blanc's empire. On entry the bar is to the right with a lounge area to the left both of which are dog-friendly. Beyond that there are two areas set up for dining and which were quite well populated on a cold winter's Monday night although the drinking areas were almost empty. For interested diners the food is well-presented and tasty with prices not far above the local average. However this site is about the beer and four ales are offered, these being the inevitable Sharps Doom Bore, the more palatable Atlantic Drift, Timmy Taylor Landlord and the consistently good locally brewed XT Four. Beer prices are about 30p per pint above the local average although there are three other pubs in the town with similar prices.
In summary friendly service and well-kept ales in comfortable surroundings but not the place for a good night's drinking.

22 Jan 2019 22:19

The Bernard Arms, Aylesbury

Not just closed but recently demolished.

6 Jan 2019 01:10

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