Friars Entry (Gloucester Green end)
Telephone: 01865 241177
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Interested in the open-mike night here but irritatingly this pub has no website - just a Facebook page. Can't find out anything useful about it.
IM (Unverified), 12/08/13
Though the pub's name is evidently taken from Alice in Wonderland, it's quite refreshing for Oxford to have a modern city centre bar which doesn't market itself based on being a traditional, ye olde drinking-hole where famous Oxfordians may or may not have perhaps once drunk. The White Rabbit's simplicity, in regards to its décor, menu and atmosphere, is cool and welcoming.
The menu, which features mostly pizza, with a nominal pasta dish and a couple of soups too, was slightly lacking in vegetarian options. Only the soup of the day and one pizza were meatless, however, I imagine the chef would be happy to remove a meat ingredient from a pizza if asked. I eavesdropped on a couple nearby asking to share one pizza but have it split with 2 different toppings on each half, and this request was happily accepted and delivered.
There's a good wine list, but only a few are available by the glass and the bottles are not cheap so this could be slightly limiting for wine connoisseurs. There is also a good selection of local White Horse ales, as well as your usual mixers and soft drinks.
The food is basic but comforting, and served satisfyingly quickly. The pub setting means you can have a more relaxed meal, ideal for sharing or chomping down on a quick bite, all while having an affordable, flavoursome and filling hot dinner. As it stands it's unlikely to become a foodie destination but for the lowlier amongst us looking for a good value dinner that hasn't come out of a freezer pack it's spot on.
The dough balls come highly recommended, they are a very tasty pub snack delivered piping hot in their basket with a pot of garlic butter filled to the brim. There is also a variety of Kettle Chips, notable mainly for including the slightly addictive new sour cream & onion flavour.
Situated near 3 of the town centre's theatres and 2 cinemas, The White Rabbit is excellently placed for a pre-show meal or post-show drink. The atmosphere is very convivial, and although run by (very friendly) trendy indie boys in beanie hats, there is a really pleasing mix of Oxford people, from young to old, individuals to couples, and large chattering groups.
The pub also runs an open mic night Tuesdays, and hosts events regularly, from music to play readings. With plenty of reasons to return, The White Rabbit is fast becoming the city centre's new ‘local'. As far as I can see the only danger is that everyone else looking for somewhere independent for a drink and a bite in the centre finds it too.
Anaïs Higgins (DI Staff), 13/05/13
A friendly pub where you can usually find a seat. The bar and food prices are very reasonable indeed. The menu is short and sweet but does it well - freshly baked pizzas, tasty garlic dough balls - the soups and stew sounded good too.
Visually the pub offers a good mix of fresh, clean decor and old features, with plenty of cosy nooks and crannies.
Exactly what the centre of Oxford needs!
jo_* (Unverified), 11/01/13
The Gloucester Arms is dead: it's now The White Rabbit. It is a new music venue, has cinema showings and they are selling food again. I had a sample of the garlic bread and it tasted excellent. I'm not in a position to give a full review of the pub because I've only been there once and still adjusting to how different it is to what my favourite pub used to be. I don't mean to sound horrible, it is a nice family-run place, but you'd never believe it's the same pub.
The Dancingman (DI User), 24/12/12