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I have just been in The Pub this evening. It is very nice traditional pub with nice furnishings and atmosphere was calm but it was replaced by friendly staff. Probably, it is just one real pub in Summer-town so it might be often busy. Definitively, I will go there again if I got a chance.
supermario (DI User), 20/04/13
My friends and I met up at The Dewdrop Inn last week as we wanted to eat somewhere in Summertown. I checked the menu while I was waiting for my friends to arrive and thought we could eat here another time also - it was very reasonably priced and there was a big choice of food on the menu. We decided to stay and were very satisfied. Food was cheap and very good. All of us without exception enjoyed our meal. The staff were friendly and the pub itself was nicely furnished. I will go back as I would like to try some of the other dishes on the menu.
Chele (Unverified), 11/08/10
I visited this pub for a few pints and a meal on 21st April 2010. Very deceptive - much larger and nicer on the inside than you'd think from the outside. Nice furniture, decor, comfy seats, etc. Very well kept beer - Courage Best + 2 guest (Timothy Taylor's Landlord and Hook Norton Old Hookey at time of visit - the Old Hookey was excellent). Very good range of food, and value for money (the Beef Penang Curry was very tasty - although watch out, it's very hot!). The pub's part of a small group/chain, so a little bit 'standardised' I suppose, but well done and reliable. I'll certainly visit again when in the area - proably during the World Cup, to watch footie on the TV. I walked down to the pub (in Summertown) from the Travelodge at Peartree - but got the S3 bus all the way back). Give the pub a visit - I think you'll be very pleasently surprised. Some of the earlier reviews are harsh, and dated. It seems that things have changed for the better. Cheers!
Fluffy (Unverified), 23/04/10
Recently went for a meal here - we won't be going again. The food tasted like plastic and the steak my partner had tasted off, to say the least. The staff were very rude and seemed to have little idea of what was going on. One of the worst pubs I have ever been to. 1/10.
Excellent, well kept Timothy Taylor Landlord bitter.
Bert (Unverified), 22/04/08
As my glass of draft coke stopped far short of the top of the glass, I asked if it could be filled up. I was told that as I didn't want ice it was tough, that's how it came.
Food was less than average.
Refreshers Addict (Unverified), 21/02/08
Further to my review beneath - I visited again recently with my father and boyfriend and we had one of the best and most reasonably priced pub meals I've had in a long time. I went for the "pie of the day" - chicken and bacon in this case - which was delicious, well filled and obviously home-made. Vegetables were a little watery and unimaginative but not bad. My father had a steak and kidney pudding which he pronounced one of the best he has ever had - meltingly tender meat and unctuous gravy. My boyfriend went for the burger, which was also excellent. Most of the mains were priced around the £9 mark - very reasonable for the quality and area.
We will definitely be visiting again.
Katy (Unverified), 01/12/07
It has certainly improved since the smoking ban. Going in used to take about 5 years off your life expectancy. It normally has an ok selection of beers. But there is still something deeply unsatisfying about the place - maybe it is the gloominess created by a combination of very few windows and brown walls!
Dan, Eynsham (DI User), 21/09/07
Despite reading the bad reviews on this site, I dropped in here because it was the only pub nearby. I was pleasantly surprised - it is nothing special, and fairly commercial, but the service was polite and friendly, there were plenty of comfy sofas and a large garden, and a vaguely decent wine list although only the usual lagers/commercially-brewed beers. Obviously there are also no longer the smoke problems mentioned by previous reviewers.
Katy (Unverified), 17/08/07
An ex pat now living in France I "dropped in" to the DEW DROP INN and had a great few days there, the staff were very friendly and the food brilliant, the beer was great and absolutely no complaints
mich from penns (Unverified), 24/07/07
An awful, awful pub. They have just renovated the place, but it is now worse than ever. The staff are rude, the place is full of smoke (even in the non-smoking area!) and the beer / wines are mediocre at best. To be honest, the only reason we ever go to the place is because we visit the excellent restaurants in the vicinity - Portabello & The Greek Taverna in paricular. And the Dew Drop is the *only* pub in town :( I agree with an earlier post - given the locality and the quality of nearby establishments, this should be one of the best pub venues in Oxford. Sadly, it fails to deliver.
Daniel Brown - no need for anonymity in this case! (Unverified), 11/02/07
I have been going to this pub for many years....only because as a local, there was no where else to go.
A truly awful place, that has progressively got worse - the greatest shame is that it could be so good (think location/size/abundance of intelligent locals).
Finally, it is the most female un-friendly pub I have ever been into. All my girlfriends over the years have quickly and resolutely decided that it was not somewhere they wanted to go!
I don't know who the brewery is now, but for goodness sake, they should get a grip - get staff who better reflect the clientelle, are welcoming and actually want to do the job with some humour and relish.
I don't know why the reviewers on here have such a downer on this pub - it's friendly, has a decent range of well-kept real ales, does good food, and has a reasonable-sized beer garden, as well as some seating at the front (if you don't mind drinking while breathing in traffic fumes). There is a small and smoky public bar, as well as a larger lounge area, one end of which is no-smoking. Currently being renovated - I'm hoping it's not being turned into a 'trendy wine bar'
Mike (Unverified), 20/11/06
Possibly only survives because there is nothing else around.
Anon (Unverified), 21/08/06
To be honest, the worst, most unfriendly pub I have ever drunk in. We were kicked out because some kids, who we have never seen in our lives, were drinking about 300 metres down the road, not given an explanation and then threatened with a glass and an ashtray by some one who was drinking with the manager! As a young professional women, I found this totally unacceptable. I am 24 years old and have drunk in just about every pub in Oxford and have never encountered such rude behaviour in my whole life. This pub is really best avoided if you want to have a good time.
Jenny (Unverified), 05/08/06
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