Sunday, 9 September 2012
The Jericho Tavern and The Old Tom - Oxford
Periodically, the demise of the pub in Britain hits the headlines, reaffirming how difficult it is to successfully adapt to the changing demands of the market.
The Jericho Tavern in Oxford plays host to a production of 'The Government Inspector', by the Oxford based Flintlock Theatre - a novel approach to bring feet through the door. Famed for it's first-floor music venue, The Jericho is no stranger to performances, but a play, rather than a gig, does have the potential to attract a different clientele. And with a capacity crowd of 65 watching on Friday, all able (and willing) to buy food and drink during the interval, it seems to be working.
Brooklyn Lager (5.2%) on tap and such a good performance, both play and pub should be visited.
The Old Tom on St. Aldates - a short walk from the pedestrianised Cornmarket Street in Oxford City Centre - has foregone gastro for Thai. At lunch you can buy a curry, rice, and beer for just under £10, with Greene King ales plus guests to choose from. If you're tired of the usual combos - burger and chips, sausage and mash - this is a worthwhile alternative.