The Star is a proper Cowley Road-ish indie pub. Quite a few of these have disappeared over the past few years, but the Star is the same as ever thankfully. Some rock too, Iron Maiden and AC/DC playing during my most recent visit.
Opens nice and early in the day (handy when several places don’t, especially out of term time). It’s pleasingly ramshackle (a few less posters up than usual), dimly lit in the evening, and an older-style layout with divides creating almost, but not quite, booths. Couple of pool tables in the back room, and then beyond there is a large pub garden, with plenty of space for summertime drinking (which sadly seems an age away at the moment). IPA on tap, and the usual selection of identilagers. Can get very busy later in the evening, but earlier on for a Friday night meet-up and beer it is very acceptable.
The Star, 21 Rectory Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 1BU. Telephone: 01865 248011
Wi-fi: None found
Chilled weekend, had a walk into town, followed the city wall round a bit, and wandered through some of the more quiet streets to find our wafer to the Ashmolean museum. Looked around there, took a few photos:
Then on for a pint at the newly reopened Gloucester Arms, which was a bit barren as they’ve just taken over, but was still very rock, and was starting to fill up nicely when we went home for dinner.
Took it very easy on Sunday, feeling nice and relaxed now.
Fantastic news, it looked like the Gloucester Arms was dead and buried, and doomed to reopen as a trendy bar or suchlike. Instead the lease has been bought up, and the new owner will keep it rock. Wonderful!
Nice lazy day today, we did have every intent of a long walk down by the river, and indeed did set off on it, but rain and an evil cold breeze beat us. So we accepted defeat and headed for a nearby pub instead. Not quite as bracing and healthy as we intended, but still, got us out of the house.
Other than that we’ve chilled out, I’ve done some behind the scenes work on a couple of my blogs, and I’ll probably do a bit more. Also watched the third episode of the Sopranos, which is just fantastic. So glad I’ve bought the first series, I think we’re going to steadily work our way through the whole show this year. Fantastic thing to have in stock to watch when there isn’t anything on telly (such as tonight, which is utterly dreadful).