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A fascinating family-run pub serving good French food

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Built in 1869 for workers from Oxford University Press, 'The Bookies' featured in the first episode of Inspector Morse, and more recently in The Hairy Bikers’ Pubs That Built Britain series. Its quirky decoration includes a train set on the ceiling and a barrel of ‘help-yourself’ monkey nuts. The menu offers snails in garlic butter; seared sea bass with French beans and crushed new potatoes; and a range of sweet and savoury crêpes.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12–11
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2, Sunday 12–7
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5.30–9, Sunday 12–7

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Main course from £10.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From St Giles into Beaumont Street. At lights right into Walton Street. 6th left into Cranham Street. At end left into Canal Street, pub on left.

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