The 2014 Pub Challenge Event

 

The 2014 Event took place on Saturday 12th July 2014. We all meet at The Plough at Wolvercote at 11:00 am.
There are a few options to get to Wolvercote. Bus from Oxford to the top of the Woodstock Road, then walk down to Wolvercote.

Bus from Kidlington to Five Mile Drive then a quick walk from here. Or get someone to drive you there.
Don't forget to purchase a bus day ticket because there are a few bus journeys to be taken throughout the day.

The route remained almost the same as the first couple of years, but with a couple of changes to the pubs.

The walking and bus directions are Here and the Pub Tick Sheet with suggested times, is Here. The photographic evidence is Here

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1. The Plough

Wolvercote

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2. The Dew Drop

Banbury Road

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3. The Victoria

Walton Street

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4. The Old Bookbinders

Great Clarendon Street (Canel Street)

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5. The Eagle and Child

Ashmolean (St Giles)

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6. The Lamb & Flag

St Giles

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7. The Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street

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8. White Horse

Broad Street

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9. The Kings Arms

The Parks

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10. Turf Tavern

University of Oxford

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11. The Britannia

Kassam (Headington)

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12. The Royal Standard

Headington

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13. James Street Tavern

Cowley Road (James Street)

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14. The Fir Tree

Pear Tree (Iffley Road)

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15. The Cape of Good Hope

Iffley Road (The Plain)

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16. The Mitre

Market Street (High Street)

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17. The Chequers

High Street

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18. The Bear

St. Aldates (Blue Boar Street)

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19. The Head of The River

Folly Bridge

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20. The Royal Blenheim

The Clarendon Centre (St Ebbes)

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21. The Crown

Cornmarket

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22. The Three Goats Heads

St Michael at the Northgate

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23. The White Rabbit

Gloucester Green

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24. The Duke's Cut

St Thomas Street (Park End Street)

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25. The Honey Pot

Oxpens Road

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26. The Kite

Oxford Station (Mill Street)

The 2014 Pub Challenge Photos
WOLVERCOTE - The Plough
The start, with a few competitors missing, already walking off to the next pub.
The start of the 2014 Monopoly Challenge is The Plough at Wolvercote. Now walk up the road to the Woodstock Road, cut through Davenant Road to the Banbury Road. Get the bus into Summertown, get off outside The Dew Drop.
Arrived : 11:00 - Drink : Hardy Hanson, St.Edmunds
BANBURY ROAD - The Dew Drop Inn
Take the bus down the Banbury Road, getting of at Bevington Road, go down Bevington Road, across Woodstock Road on through St. Bernards Road to Walton Street. The Victoria is on the corner.
Arrived : 11:40 - Drink : Old Hooky, Courage Best
WALTON STREET - Victoria Arms
Walk down Walton Street, then right down Cranham Street, turning left down Canal Street. The Old Bookbinders is on the corner of Victor Street.
Arrived : 12:15 - Drink : Sunbeam
GREAT CLARENDON STREET - Old Bookbinders

Now walk back up to Walton Street, then left up Little Clarendon Street into St. Giles and in to The Eagle and Child.
Arrived : 12:40 - Drink : Green Stuff, How Green Valley ??
ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM - Eagle and Child
Now cross the road to The Lamb & Flag.
Arrived : 13:05 - Drink : Brakspears, Nicholsons Pale Ale

A fascinating past

The Eagle and Child lays claim to a number of interesting literary connections. J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and fellow writers met here and dubbed themselves 'The Inklings'.

They nicknamed the pub 'The Bird and Baby'.

A public house since 1650, the hostelry takes its name from the crest of the Earls of Derby.

During the Civil War, the building was used as the playhouse for Royalist soldiers.

Brakspear Bitter 3.4%

A superb session beer. Amber in colour with a good fruit, hop and malt nose. The initial taste of malt and the well hopped bitterness quickly dissolves into a predominantly bittersweet and fruity finish.

ST.GILES - Lamb & Flag
Walk to the top of Beaumont Street for The Randolph Hotel.
Arrived : 13:15 - Drink : XT XPA, Betty Stoggs, Chinook
THE RANDOLPH HOTEL
Always the bridesmaid never the bride.................
Cross over St Giles and walk in to Broad Street for The White Horse
Arrived : 13:40 - Drink : Guinness
BROAD STREET - The White Horse
Continue down Broad Street on to The Kings Arms.
Arrived : 14:05 - Drink : Doombar, Prospect
THE PARKS - The Kings Arms
Turn down Holywell Street into The Turf Tavern.
Arrived : 14:20 - Drink : London Stout, Hummingbird

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD - The Turf Tavern
Then walk down Queens Lane out to the High Street and get the bus up to Headington to visit The Britannia.
Arrived : 14:40 - Drink : Turf Tavern, Goldern Newt

A 13th century Ale House with a sought after clientele of students, 'dons', and International Tourists. The service point & bars are very small and very busy at peak times. Large external drinking courtyards. Hard to find but worth effort. Offers a magnetic attraction to its customers.

HEADINGTON - The Royal Standard
Get the bus back in to town, getting of at Rectory Road in St. Clements. Walk up Rectory Road, cross Cowley Road into James Street and The St. James Tavern.
Arrived : 15:25 - Drink : Xingu, XX Mild

KASSAM STADIUM - The Britannia
The Royal Standard is across the road.
Arrived : 15:45 - Drink : Old Sodbury Mild
COWLEY ROAD - James Street Tavern
Continue down James Street into the Iffley Road, turn left to The Fir Tree which is on the corner of Bullingdon Road.
Arrived : 16:20 - Drink : Prospect, Mystery Ale ??
PEARTREE - The Fir Tree
Walk or get the bus down to The Plain and The Cape of Good Hope.
Arrived : 16:45 - Drink : Olde Trip,

IFFLEY ROAD - Cape of Good Hope
Now walk or get the bus to the top of the High Street visiting The Mitre
Arrived : 17:15 - Drink : Doombar, Hogsback
MARKET STREET - The Mitre
The Cheques is straight across the High Street.
Arrived : 17:50 - Drink :Naughty Forty

HIGH STREET - The Chequers
Go down Alfred Street to The Bear which is on the corner of Blue Boar Street.
Arrived : 18:15 - Drink :Monty Python Holy Ale

ST ALDATES - The Bear
Continue along Blue Boar Street on to St. Aldates. Walk down St. Aldates to The Head of The River which is just before Folly Bridge.
Arrived : 18:45 - Drink : HSB
FOLLY BRIDGE - The Head of the River
Tim helping a couple of ladies to the next pub ..............
Walk back up St. Aldates, turning left down Pembroke Street to The Blenheim.
Arrived : 19:10 - Drink : Seafarers, Black Cab


THE CLARENDON CENTRE - The Royal Blenheim
Walk up St. Ebbes, turning right up Queen Street, left in to the Cornmarket and The Crown.
Arrived : 19:40 - Drink : Black Dog, Village Idiot
CORNMARKET - The Crown
Continue along Cornmarket, left down St. Michaels Street for The Three Goats Heads.
Be careful of the steps, they are quite steep, apparently some one fell down them this year.
Arrived : 20:00 - Drink : Amarillo Pale Ale
St. Michael at the Northgate - Three Goats Heads
Continue down St. Michael Street, right into New Inn Hall Street, crossing George Street, then right into The White Rabbit.
Arrived : 20:45 - Drink : Sovereign,
GLOUCESTER GREEN - The White Rabbit
Walk back to George Street, down pass Gloucester Green bus station across the car park to The Dukes Cut.
Arrived : 21:10 - Drink : Village Idiot

ST THOMAS STREET - The Duke's Cut
This was the last pub visited for most people, mainly because trains to Banbury stop early in the evening.
Continue down Park End Street, left into Oxpens to The Honey Pot.
Arrived : 22:00 - Drink : ??
OXPENS ROAD - The Honey Pot
Apparently Cliff visited this pub "on the way home", so he informed me. The rest of us were asleep on the bus, going home.
Stagger back up to the station, then under railway bridge on to Botley Road, turn left down Mill Street and to The Kite and the end of the Monopoly Challenge for 2014.
Arrived : ??? - Drink : ??



OXFORD STATION - The Kite
So didn't get here this year. But another good year was had. May do something different for next year, 2015.
Arrived : Didn't - Drink : None