The Church House Brasserie (Greene King)
North Bar, Banbury

This Banbury ironstone building was built at the turn of the century.  
It's a bit like Frevd's (the former Church of St Paul in Jericho, Oxford) 
but better done.  The main hall has a huge wooden screen covered in 
shelves covered in bottles, blackboards and so on.  There are industrial 
quantities of tat, urns and umbrellas on the surfaces.  The beergarden is 
white, geometric Mediterranean.  Martians.

Standard Greene King beer on cask, Bombay Sapphire gin, at least half a 
dozen single malts, and restaurant-oriented wines.

Speaking of restaurant-orientation, the more intimate (seats about two 
dozen) Bishop's Room is where there's a carvery on Sundays 
(straightforward, operates itself), and normal restaurant service for the 
rest of the week.  This is somewhat slower, and I get the impression that 
they aren't allowed much leeway by higher management.

(Fieldwork 2003-05,06)