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Far from the Madding Crowd (Strathclyde Pension Fund)

We believe this building is NO LONGER a pub

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Salopian - Blackwater Art NouveauExcellent1
Windsor Castle (see also Sadler's entry) - Sadler's Lady BisonExcellent1
Six Bells - Christmas CrackerExcellent1
Coastal - Morning MistExcellent1
Altarnum (formerly Penpont) - Stormer IPAExcellent1
Great Oakley - Tiffield Winter BrewExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Oyster CatcherExcellent1
Holden's - Shag BossGood1
Towcester Mill (formerly Whittlebury) - Nomad MirageGood1
Salopian - Sleigh RiderGood1
Vale - Long Dark NightsGood1
Grafton - Green Duck Brewing Co. - What's A Duck DooGood1
Cottage - MGAGood1
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Turkey SurpriseGood1
North Yorkshire - Dizzy DickGood1
Kelham Island - Fairytale of New YorkAcceptable1
Hopping Mad - HopnotchAcceptable1
Bird's - Natural BlondeAcceptable1
Wood Street - SassafrassAcceptable1
Backyard - Kris KringleAcceptable1
Six Bells - Big Nev's Glittery BallsAcceptable1
Nightjar (formerly Slightly Foxed) - Howlin' Fox Acceptable1
Elgood's - Cambridge BitterAcceptable1
North Cotswold - ShagweaverAcceptable1
Abbeydale - White XmasPoor1
Rudgate - Brew No. 5 Belgian Golden AlePoor1
Freeminer - BitterNot Tried0
Goffs - GuinevereNot Tried0
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & WarthogNot Tried0
Castle Rock - MistletoeNot Tried0
Spire - Sovereign Escort IPA Not Tried0
Tower - Winter SpiritNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Redwood Colorado American IPANot Tried0
Titanic - WreckageNot Tried0
Broughton - Dark DunterNot Tried0
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Far from the Madding Crowd, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Visits Details

01 Jun 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Fairly quiet in the early evening – I was surprised to note that this pub is no longer listed in the Good Beer Guide.
Altarnum (formerly Penpont) - Stormer IPA5.20ExcellentA US-style IPA. Golden-coloured. Lots of ‘tropical fruit’ hop flavours.
Windsor Castle (see also Sadler's entry) - Sadler's Lady Bison4.60ExcellentPale golden in colour. Citrussy US hop tastes. I know I’m a sucker for this sort of thing, but this was really lovely.
Rudgate - Brew No. 5 Belgian Golden Ale4.40PoorDescribed as a ‘Belgian Golden Ale’. Amber-coloured. Strange malt and yeasty tastes – I didn’t like it very much I’m afraid.
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Bitter3.40Not Tried
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & Warthog3.80Not Tried
Freeminer - Bitter4.00Not Tried
Goffs - Guinevere4.10Not TriedCame on to replace the Rudgate Brew No. 5
26 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly busy at the start of lunchtime on a Saturday.
Cottage - MGA4.00GoodAmber brew with lots of sweet toffee malt flavours but little else. My score 15/20.
13 Dec 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Winter Beer Festival in progress here with ales from handpump and cellar.
Great Oakley - Tiffield Winter Brew4.80ExcellentReddish brown winter warmer style with toffee malt dominating and hints of berry fruits in the finish. My score 16/20.
Six Bells - Christmas Cracker4.20ExcellentDeep golden in colour with a good balance of biscuity malt and slightly spicy hop that works well. Full flavoured with a warming finish. My score 16/20.
Kelham Island - Fairytale of New York4.20AcceptableMahogany coloured bitter with dry citrus hoppiness and a little dry maltiness. Dry citrus finish. My score 14/20.
Wood Street - Sassafrass4.70AcceptableA rather harshly hopped strong golden bitter with dry citrus hop and a dry finish. My score 14/20.
Tower - Winter Spirit5.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Redwood Colorado American IPA5.40Not Tried
Titanic - Wreckage7.20Not Tried
Broughton - Dark Dunter4.80Not Tried
22 Sep 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Autumn Beer festival, a steady stream of punters arriving.
Mighty Oak - Oyster Catcher4.00ExcellentBlack stout with good roast malt flavour and some hop for balance. Dry, roasty finish with coffee notes. My score 16/20.
Coastal - Morning Mist4.20ExcellentAmber beer with a distinct vanilla flavour. There is some hoppiness but the dominant taste is vanilla. My score 16/20.
Grafton - Green Duck Brewing Co. - What's A Duck Doo4.20GoodThe answer is waddle not hop. Golden bitter with a sweet cereal malt character and little hoppiness. Sweet, fruity and biscuity finish. My score 15/20.
Nightjar (formerly Slightly Foxed) - Howlin' Fox 3.50AcceptableDefinitely 3.5% from pumpclip. Very pale with a sharp hoppiness bordering on phenolic. Not really to my taste. My score 13/20.
Hopping Mad - Hopnotch3.60AcceptableAmber in colour, fairly sweet and malty but little hop bitterness to speak of. Fruity finish. My score 14/20.
Bird's - Natural Blonde4.00AcceptablePale bitter with moderate hop character and a dryish finish. My score 14/20.
16 Dec 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Winter beer festival in progress with additional ales from the cellar as well as from the pumps.
Salopian - Sleigh Rider4.80GoodPremium amber bitter with good citrus hop character and reasonable malt balance. My score 15/20.
Backyard - Kris Kringle4.30AcceptableQuite a bitter beer with a little fruity hoppiness. Dryish bitter finish. My score 14/20.
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & Warthog3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Mistletoe5.20Not Tried
Spire - Sovereign Escort IPA 5.00Not Tried
11 Jun 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Salopian - Blackwater Art Nouveau4.00ExcellentWell balanced hoppy pale ale with good citrus hop flavour and a good malt base. My score 16/20.
01 Jan 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Quiet on New Year's Day despite other nearby pubs being closed.
Elgood's - Cambridge Bitter3.80AcceptableTraditional bitter with more malt than hop flavour. My score 14/20.
North Cotswold - Shagweaver4.50AcceptableDryish amber bitter, fairly hoppy with a dryish finish. My score 14/20.
17 Dec 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Winter Beer Festival in progress. Got off to a quiet start on a snowy Friday lunchtime but numbers soon swelled with pre-christmas groups.
Towcester Mill (formerly Whittlebury) - Nomad Mirage4.20GoodAn amber coloured malty beer, quite sweet with fairly low hopping. My score 15/20.
Vale - Long Dark Nights4.30GoodDark red/brown beer with a fruity flavour and a dryish malty finish. My score 15/20.
Six Bells - Big Nev's Glittery Balls4.40AcceptableAmber bitter with a dry, bitter character with an astringent hoppy finish. My score 13/20.
06 Mar 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
North Yorkshire - Dizzy Dick4.80GoodNow 5.0% according to the pumpclip. Strong golden bitter with well rounded hop and malt flavours. My score 15/20.
Holden's - Shag Boss4.20GoodInteresting complex golden ale that starts off quite bitter and hoppy, then biscuity malt comes through towards the finish. My score 15/20.
11 Dec 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Winter Beer Festival in progress.
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Turkey Surprise4.00GoodVery strong citrus hop taste to this pale bitter. Dry, hoppy finish. My score 15/20.
Abbeydale - White Xmas5.20PoorVery bitter with little other balancing flavours and a rather earthy finish. My score 11/20.

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About the Far from the Madding Crowd

The pub sign. Far from the Madding Crowd, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2BY.

Down an alleyway, Friars Entry, off one of the main shopping streets, this is a modern bar style pub. Newish feel to it. Good beer line up and a good mix of guest beers. Oxford Drinker CAMRA magazine August / September 2015 reports the pub being converted into a Caribbean themed restaurant for Turtle Bay.

We have visited this pub 14 times, seen 42 different beers and tried 31 of them.

Map location

Postcode: OX1 2BY