I'm sure I've been in here in the past decade and a bit. Nonetheless,
A. Broom reports that this is now the White
The Gloucester Arms
Friars Entry, Oxford
The Reverend James GBP 2.20 (1999-11-05)
Dark, warm, five ales on tap (good condition), hairy.
They've stopped doing Royal Oak. I think it's a disgrace. An old review
of the Harcourt Arms mentioned that Oxford's Goths congregated here on
Wednesday nights. This is no longer true. They now (1999-11) come here
on Tuesday nights. The pub advertises "alternate R & B/Goth/Industrial".
Surprisingly unobtrusive heavy metal nights on Fridays. On Saturday they
advertise "The Usual". No, I don't know.
There's a sign up saying "This way to the biggest beer garden in the
universe" through a fire door. It actually leads out to the universe,
which I think explains it. Next to that there's a good long alcove with
signed photos of actors on the wall. I think one of them is of Ian
Richardson, but it isn't visibly signed. There's a false-colour one of
It's the best pub for quite a long way round with the possible exception
of the Grapes. The name? Same origin as Worcester College's previous
incarnation as Gloucester College: the monks of Gloucester Abbey.
A barman was quite keen that a fresh-faced youth of my acquaintance get a
proof of age card after spending quarter of an hour waving ID cards
around. They're quite keen on that sort of thing here.