Spacious, busy venue serving a good range of real ales, catering mainly for the Oxford student market. Multi-level, small separate bars (one coffee area). Some comfy sofas; walls adorned with photos of the pub's favourite visitors and other interesting paraphernalia. Unintentional eavesdropping on study-related conversation is inevitable. Wifi access available.Dogs allowed. Games: Fruit/quiz machines..
Real Fire, Real Ales, Children welcome, Food served, There are sofas & Live music events Games: Fruit/quiz machines.
40 Holywell Street
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The staff are very unfriendly. Food, ale selection and atmosphere are great, but the staff need to cheer up and learn about good customer service!
Rachel (Unverified), 12/01/11
I have just returned from this pub. The staff are unfriendly. It is one of those places that come closing time everyone is pushed out into the street within 10 minutes. So if you're looking for somewhere quiet and friendly to relax, I don't recommend it and I won't be going there again.
Luke Titley (DI User), 06/03/10
Really feel the KA has changed beyond all recognition in the last few years. What used to be a nice place to go for an atmospheric drink has now been completely overrun by huge mobs of undergrads/tourists. The pub has always been a favoured drinking spot for student and tourist alike, but for some reason the mentality of the place seems to have changed. Being the only pub in the immediate vicinity with 'late' opening - the KA is almost unbearable after 10 - impossible to even walk alongside the pub, nevermind getting in there to buy a drink. Could I suggest some better crowd control? The exterior of the KA often feels more like the worst of George St (which has admittedly improved measurably over the last few years).
When I was there four weeks ago a window was smashed - but no action taken to remove those responsible by the staff or any attempt to apologise to customers. We even had to remove the broken glass from the table ourselves. Is a shame that a nice pub (still evident at quieter times) has now become a no-go zone on the weekend. It seems that the lassiez -faire attitude of the staff (which helped make the pub a nice place to have a drink) is not really working at these insufferably busy times.
As would be expected from the KA, there is a good choice of (still rather pricey) beer and the food service is prompt and above pub-grub expectations. The provision of newspapers and ample seating are also most welcome and further highlight the multiple strenghts of the pub. Just a shame that the weekly descent into anarchy really seems to stretch the pub beyond breaking point
heronweaver (Unverified), 14/10/08
This place is expensive. They charged me the same price for a pint of lager shandy as a pint of lager which I think is strange.
Tom (Unverified), 03/07/08
Bought a pint for a friend and had a G&T myself- and the bill was £8!!!!
This place does lovely food but the price of drinks is absolutely disgraceful.
No wheelchair access either :(
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