My boyfriend and I went in November, on the recommendation of a friend. The pub is slightly hidden away between Iffley and Cowley Road but we were told it was worth the detour. First impressions were great - the decor is really original with old cinema seats and a giant moose's head on the wall. However, we arrived shortly before 8pm and the pub was empty, not just quiet, but completely empty and it remained pretty much like this the whole evening which, despite the music playing loudly (too loudly for a conversation in a restaurant) meant there was zero atmosphere - it was just really weird. As for the food - I was interested to read the other recent review about the burgers - both of us had them - and, as with the previous reviewer, the burger was cold and dry and the 'triple cooked' chips were terrible - literally raw on the inside and not at all crispy on the outside. The barman was friendly and attentive (but then we were his only customers) which was a positive (and saves it from a 1 star). The friend who made the recommendation in the first place has since had disappointing experiences there so perhaps there is a change of management?
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February 9, 2013
Oh dear it sounds like you caught us on a bad night- there hasn't been a change in management but we are coming out of a bit of a quiet period and it can definitely be a bit difficult to whip up any atmosphere in an empty pub. I can assure you we are getting busier by the day at the moment so hopefully next time around it will be a bit more lively.
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I've spoken again with the chef about the chips- mostly we get really positive feedback about them so when we hear something negative we do our utmost to address the issue. I know we've recently changed the potatoes we were using so hopefully such a disappointing experience won't happen again.
On the plus side, I'm glad you found our staff friendly and attentive, it's important to us to be positive, flexible and helpful at all times. Thank you for taking the time to review The Oxford Blue, we do hope you will return and give us another chance to impress you!
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