52 Broad Street
Open all day
The White Horse (open all day) is a managed house but still has a guest ale. Beers tend to be Tetleys, Wadworths 6X, Burton, etc. However, the guest bitter is a welcome change and tends to be changed every two weeks. On this occasion it was Youngs Ram Rod.
The White Horse has a long, narrow bar finished in a traditional style of brown wood panels and plasterwork - apparently stained by generations of smokers (watch your lungs).
The building is early Tudor and is a treat to the eyes. The White Horse is a splendid place to unwind after the intellectual rigours of browsing in Blackwell's world-famous bookshops on both sides of the pub, and probably underneath it as well.
Busy trade from students, tourists and booksellers. When crowded, the White Horse is a bit claustrophobic, but is not rude or arrogant.
On the walls are photographs of Oxford sporting clubs - from rowing to ballroom dancing (!). Viewers of Inspector Morse will recognise this as one of the lugubrious detective's most favoured haunts.
No music. Wheelchair access difficult.
Food is delivered in generous portions at the bar, all made on the premises. It is served daily 12-2:30pm, Mon-Fri 6 to 8pm. Some examples of the wholesome food are: fresh fish and chips, beef in Guinness, curries, and giant Yorkshire puddings. Vegetarian options available have been spinach, egg and stilton pie. Food is brought to the bar by dumb waiter.
It has no certificate for children.
No accommodation here.
None as yet.
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Other Pubs to try:
The Wharf House, Speedwell Street/Thames Street. 4 beers plus Belgian selection.
The Hobgoblin, St. Aldates. Up to 4 ales.
The Bear, Blue Boar Street. 4 beers.
The Head of the River, Folly Bridge. Fullers beers.
Far from the Madding Crowd, Friar's Entry, nr Borders bookshop. 3 beers.
The Old Tom, St. Aldates. Greene King
The Oxford Blue, 32, Marston St, Oxford, OX41JU. 01865 723898
The Eastgate or The Randolph
(0870 4009191 for booking)
expensive but luxurious.