The Original Swan (Arkells)
Oxford Road, Cowley, Oxford

One of the more respectable pubs in this corner of Cowley, it's been 
redone since the new brewery took over in December, with new signs and 
writing outside, and ostensibly new carpets and wallpaper within. Arkells 
2B and 3B on tap, BBC1 on the television. Don't know how they react to 
asking to remove the sparkler.

There was a hen night the night I came. Man appeared dressed as a fireman. 
Left before he... [insert your own fireman joke]. (21.viii.1998)

Gordon Woods adds:
The landlord is Andre, who used to be a barman at the Marsh Harrier. Can 
be v. noisy.