King's Arms

Oxfordshire - Oxford

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: II

40 Holywell Street

Tel: (01865) 242369


Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Oxford

Station Distance: 1100m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Oxford) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Two of three small rooms at the rear of the Kings Arms contain lots of old fittings, but the front bar/rooms have been heavily modernised. Encased by a part wood/part glazed and heavily bowed partition wall there is the small back bar, which was 'Gentlemen Only' until 1971. The room, which may have been two small rooms in the distant past, has old dado panelling and a very old bench at the rear. Separating the bar and a tiny snug is a wood and glass partition which almost reaches to the ceiling and has a doorway and three sliding windows in open position, two of which form hatches for service. The bar has a bar counter at least 70 years old; the bar back shelves which are a mixture of old and new.

The snug has old dado panelling with bench seating attached and a baffle. Up three steps is 'The Office', which appears to have been brought into use at a later date, has a modern 'window' cut into the wooden partition wall 'for supervision'. At the front of the pub are four rooms, three of which are now opened-out, the fourth has some decorative plasterwork on the ceiling. The dado panelling and bar counter date from alterations in 1971.

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