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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 in the city's Jericho area, 'The Bookies' featured in the first episode of real ale-loving TV detective Morse and more recently in The Hairy Bikers’ Pubs That Built Britain series. Its quirky decoration includes a train set on the ceiling, a barrel of ‘help-yourself’ monkeys nuts and things French, courtesy of Gallic patron Michel. The menu offers Burgundy snails in garlic butter; shredded duck pâté; fillet of sole roulade with spinach in cream and champagne sauce; fillet of pork in port, lime and garlic sauce; and a range of sweet and savoury crêpes. There are six real ales on offer. Well-behaved students, children and dogs are more than welcome to this delightful corner pub.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Mon, Tue L, Wed L
  • Opening times: 12-12 (Tue-Wed 4pm-mdnt Sun 12-11)
  • Lunch opening: Thu-Sat 12-2.15, Sun 12-7.30
  • Dinner opening: Tue-Sat 5.30-9.15, Sun 12-7.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Morland Old Speckled Hen, Bookies Best

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Jun


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


  • Children welcome


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant

Getting here

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

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