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The Kings Arms

40 Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3SP, England
+44 1865 242369
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Poor food, disinterested staff

Very disappointing visit. Came here for lunch with a friend/ colleague before visiting the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
reviewer64Uk
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UK
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Relaxing atmosphere for a drink and snack

We called by for a drink on our way back to Keble College (where we were staying for the night) and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marion D
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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40 Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3SP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very disappointing visit. Came here for lunch with a friend/ colleague before visiting the excellent Tolkien exhibition. Lunch was really mediocre and the staff not interested in their jobs. Barman totally unfriendly. Why we stayed I don't know, shouldn't have bothered.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We called by for a drink on our way back to Keble College (where we were staying for the night) and were drawn into the pub as we passed by for a drink - a summer evening, people sitting outside, smaller rooms inside, a great...More

Thank Marion D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of our favourite pubs to visit. Sat in the back room and had a nice couple of drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Really really worth visiting. Loads of different rooms and good drinks. Only minor negative is the aloof manner of the barstaff, but...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I selected, “The King’s Arms” because I wanted a good collegiate atmosphere without crowds . This establishment has a great feel to it. It was established on September 18, 1607 during the reign of King James Stewart, thus the name. The building is spacious with...More

Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

We walked into this old reputable the brainiest pub in oxford, at the corner of Holywell and Parks Street. It was a weekday, after noon, and apart from a few stragglers at some tables,there were few customers. The bar was manned, but the bartenders manner...More

Thank Ashok P
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Been visiting Oxford for many years and this is a regular stop if I’m still hanging around there come lunch time. Have to admit the food isn’t as nice as it used to be a few years ago. Not sure if this is because they...More

Thank Trebor_Skcigem
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

We have some American friends who love English pubs. On their next visit to England we will be taking them to Oxford so on this visit we thought we would start our research of Oxford pubs which we are not familiar with. Although the outside...More

Thank Anthony A
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We are long time KA patrons but haven’t been for a while. So 2 friends and I decided to go for dinner and a sweet ale. We had a cheeky scotch egg first which was wonderful. Then started on the pies we’d ordered. They were...More

Thank Oxfordpieandaleman
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Called in for a quick pint as the Natural History Museum cafe was packed with no available seats. Good refreshing pints in a nice warm atmosphere. Didn't eat here but the food looked nice enough. My partner did have a 'legendary scotch egg' which he...More

Thank MsCultureVulture
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

In the past, I have found the King's Head be hard to beat for location, decor or atmosphere. But on my last visit for a midweek lunch I found the food a serious disappointment: under-cooked vegetables and a steak pie - billed as a speciality...More

Thank william U
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Absolutely - plenty of space & the staff make a real fuss of them. Dog water bowls & treats available from behind the bar when you order your drinks. Haven't come across a more dog friendly pub.
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