The Perch

Star Travel Rating

4/5

Review type

Things to do

Location

Date of travel

July, 2016

Product name

The Perch

Product country

Oxford

Product city

Oxford

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Reasons for trip

One of Oxford’s oldest pubs, this pub with its thatched roof has been here for over 800 years and is popular with students, tourists and locals all attracted to its edge of city location within a stones throw of the nearby River Thames.

One of fictional Inspector Morse’s pubs it is very rare that you will find it quiet, I visted on a warm summer’s day and it was packed, both inside and out, though that had no impact on the efficient and very friendly service.

My starter was a selection of local charcuterie, including home made corned beef and Oxfordshire salami served with a hinge wedge of bread and butter. I am passionate about fish and even though Oxford is about as far away from the sea as you can get in England, chose the fish of the day which was a whole plaice served on the bone with a very generous portion of Jersey royals.

An impressive wine list is available including many English wines, I chose to try a glass of Oxfordshire brandy, not that expensive at £3.95 though it will be sometime before I pluck up courage to try another one.

The Perch gets very busy, its garden being one of the more popular venues in Oxford. The area is a popular wedding reception venue in the semi permanent marquee at the bottom of the garden, so if you are after a quiet intimate venue this may not be the place for you.

Its location may take a huge chunk out of your timetable for a lunch time visit if you are only in the city for the day but there are few better places to spend an evening.

Peter Jones

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