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Pubs in Witney, Oxfordshire*

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  • Vaults,chequers, royale oak cross keys, i belive there is somthing in the region of 25 pubs in witney so take you pick!
  • The Holly Bush. And it needs to be watched, as there will be new owners soon, apparently. Birthplace of many a band, marriage or plain crazed connections was the most welcoming and feelgood place since I moved there in 1993. What this place will look like in the future god knows, of course it could be done up in whatever fake shlum mexican/sushi bar/clean woods and scandinavian showhouse way, but would it help? the only thing that place is missing is a decent lunch bar, and that would be it. the rest of the food supply there has always been good. god luck to all involved leaving.
  • the valts ifs a good start off point on aa long nite out
  • Try the corn street crawl... The New Inn, Butchers Arms, Three Horseshoes, Chequers, Holly bush, Eagle Tavern then The Red Lion. A pint in each usually does the trick and sets you up for the night. on the way home stop at the water margin and have a 26a off the menu with egg fried rice and seaweed. if you can't eat it, leave it in the microwave for breakfast, or call me and ill eat it.
  • cross keys high street, quality pub
  • None of the witney pubs are much good go to Oxford it's better
  • The Butchers Arms may be a little pricier than other establishments but the clientele are far better company!! Not far to stagger home from either or to the nearest taxi! Nortons is good for late night drinking if you get in early enough - 10 should do it. The Cross Keys has just been awarded a late licence at weekends til one so widens the options and can safely vouch that it is no longer spotty seventeen year olds ordering ginger beer - unless, of course thats what you're after.
  • The Hollybush has an awesome Jukebox, the Eagle Vaults is full of Trendy Scum, and the Eagle Tavern and Butcher's Arms have ace ales.
  • Nortons is a load of rubbish!! All the bar staff seem to be coke heads and are very rude
  • Hush is a bag of sh#te, it's aimed at wristers who are on the pull and there Kappa slappers who don't know the firsy thing about desent music. A night there wouldn't be complete without a couple of tarted-up 15 year-old cars outside revving their engines while their occupants try to impress those inside.
  • Aged 13 ,14,15 (?) at the Eagle Vaults before the Henry Box dance - rum and black oh how we threw up...remember that Tony ? needless to say turned away from the dance by Mr Bennet (year below dance - easy mistake)
  • The Angel (Church Green, opposite Buttercross)has a good atmosphere and a real mix of people, good priced food and often features in Good Pub guides. The Eagle Vaults (Market Square) gets busy at weekends and can be quite a young crowd. Norton's (off Market Square, down the street next to Corn Exchange!) is cool at the weekends with live DJ sets playing sexy soulful house music! The Butchers Arms (Corn Street) is popular with a mix of people too. More relaxed pubs at the weekend for older people would be The Royal Oak (High Street) and The 3 Horseshoes (Corn Street) - v. civilised!
  • The Royal Oak is about the only halfway-civilised place in the centre of town! Such a pity as there are plenty of very old (probably listed) establishments which have been ruined by modern development - most notably the Angel. Out of town, try the Bell at Duck or the village pubs at Hailey and Ramsden.
  • Well, we always got into the Vaults and the keys, even the youngest of the crew got in and served :P
  • Got to be the Eagle Vaults or Cross Keys on a Friday or Saturday for a decent night, if you cannot be bothered to go into Oxford. A little more female "Talent" wouldn't go amis though...
  • The Red Lion (Barn) now has it's own web site you can find it at
  • Unfortunately Witney has a vast selection of crap pubs. All too overpacked, all full of people who are obviuosly too young and for some reason all full of people in dark blue jeans, baseball caps, whiter than white trainers and polo shirts. The Eagle Vaults or 'The Vaults' as many locals like to call it is the main attraction. If you are 15 go and get in and feel like a freak. Beware though if you are not from round these parts go in with caution. Dress up like the locals and talk trash to avoid confrontation
  • The Elm Tree is good as a local. It has a pool table, darts and a massive new widescreen TV! Nortons is home to the 'in' crowd although I prefer to think of them as 'in bred'. The Eagle Vaults is reliable for bumping into all those people you hoped you'd never see again when you left school - yes, they still seem to think Witney is THE place to go out, normally at least 8 nights a week.
  • There are loads of pubs in Witney and I have nothing against any of them but it is the patrons that get me. They are the kind of people that if you mentioned that you were planning to go to Glasgow next week they would have nothing better to do than sit around for rest of the evening and discuss the best route. If you have read Bill Bryson's 'Notes From a Small Island' you will know what I mean.
  • The Holly bush, Corn Street.
  • Corn Street once had the most pubs in a single street anywhere in England, but sadly a lot have since disappeared. The RED LION. THE HOLLYBUSH and THE BUTCHERS ARMS are favourites with the younger generation, while THE EAGLE, THE CHEQUERS, THE THREE HORSESHOES and THE NEW INN are likely to be preferred by older folk.
  • Norton's, The Eagle Vaults, the Grffin.
  • The pub called The Angel is the best in town and the barstaff who work there are excellent.

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Last updated: 2008-10-14

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