A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: II6 Alfred Street
A cosy pub in central Oxford. The tiny snug off Alfred Street leads to the small public bar on the corner. This has vintage fixed seating but, sadly, much of the old woodwork has been spoilt by blast cleaning at some stage. The rear room fronting Blue Boar Street is the most impressive space with interwar floor-to-ceiling panelling (but modern seating) and brass bell-pushes from the days of waiter service. In the public bar and snug the pewter counter top was replaced in 2000. The servery back fittings are modern, possibly from the 2000 refurbishment. The Bear features a prodigious collection of ties covering everything from the St Moritz Toboganning Club to Chichester Theological College – so the Victorian tradition of pubs as cabinets of curiosities lives on! The ladies' loo is accessed via a spiral staircase off the snug.
A small, cosy pub in the centre of Oxford. The Alfred Street entrance leads into a tiny snug which in turn leads to the small public bar in the angle in the streets. Sadly the old woodwork on the bar counter front, on the partition wall, and on the walls of the snug and bar have been cleaned and spoilt by sand-blasting at some stage. Old fixed seating in the public bar but that in the back room is modern. The back room fronting Blue Boar Street is the most impressive with floor to ceiling panelling from the inter-war period; also brass bell-pushes survive from the days of waiter service. In the bar and snug the pewter bar top was replaced in 2000. The bar back fittings are modern, possibly part of the 2000 refurbishment.
In glass fronted display cases on the walls of both main rooms and on the ceiling of the back room has accumulated a prodigious collection of ties which cover anything from the St Moritz Toboganning Club to Chichester Theological College! The Victorian tradition in which pubs could be museums or cabinets of curiosities lives on here. The ladies' toilet is accessed via a spiral staircase off the snug.