Shoulder of Mutton

Oxfordshire - Wantage

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

38 Wallingford Street
Wantage
OX12 8AX

Tel: (01235) 767158

Website http://theshoulder.pub

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/147162998652169

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

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An appealing multi-room, small-town pub. The great feature is a highly unusual and charming glazed-in snug immediately in front of the main entrance and with an opening to the servery at the rear. Strangely it has a (formerly) vertical sliding sash facing the entrance and running the whole width of the space: it is hard to envisage how all this would once have worked. The servery takes the surprising form of a long passage with the handpumps ranged along the back wall. It supplies a small counter in the heart of the pub and also the irregularly-shaped public bar on the corner of the plot. On the right-hand side facing the snug is a space opened up in 2002.

A wonderfully traditional small-town pub. The great feature is a highly unusual glazed-in snug right in front of the main entrance which probably had been a servery area (hence the closed-up small window and vertically sash window): small opening to the long, thin servery beyond with hand pumps, unusually, mounted against the wall. On the left is a public bar, its odd shape due the corner site: large hatch servery. Right of the snug a corridor leads to the rear yard with outdoor drinking: on the right is a room opened to the corridor in 2002; on the left is a widened space with a counter in front of the servery.

The rooms have varying amounts of match-board panelling. There are a couple of bell-pushes for table service, one in the main bar the other in the snug (we mention this because, although bell-pushes (and hence) table service were common from the Midlands northward, we know of few in the south). The doorway on the side elevation used to lead to an off-sales. At the side of the pub is a pitch for the popular Oxfordshire game of Aunt Sally (played May-Sept): to achieve the required 30 feet for throwing the sticks, players have to stand in the road!

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