• 8 Hollybush Row
  • OX1 1JH


  • Morrells Varsity £1.90
  • Guinness Stout £2.20
  • (17.iii.1999)
Colin Batchelor, 18 October 2003

This, by the way, is now the Honey Pot.

Juliet Kemp, 11 April 2001

Rather nice, I thought. In a very quiet sort of way. It is Nu Morrells, but not excessively so, and the landlady was very friendly. And there's a blue stuffed elephant in the corner under the fag machine.

Pete Gillin, 11 April 2001

The [Everards] Perfick was certainly nice, 4.5% and a good hoppy flavour, despite the silly name and cartoony badge. I've never had it before (only Old Thingum and that one with the tigers) but it seemed quite reasonably kept. According to the sign, they have one guest on all the time. I didn't try the Oxford Blue. There was a spare pump, too: I'd guess they normally have more than one Morrell's on, wouldn't you? I'm afraid I didn't get the prices: £5.15 for a £2 house double, a bottle of Pepsi, and a pint.

As for the rest of it, there was the traditional crap glued to the wall, but it wasn't too obtrusive; it had that dim red lighting which I approve of; the landlady was friendly; the were clientele the standard three old men, plus a girl with an absurd amount of eye make-up and a long zebra print coat reading a book; and there was a good selection on the juke-box, which is apparently free on Sundays. All in all, it seems a decent enough low-key boozer for a relaxing sup or so.

The chess table is still there, and the telly was so unobtrusive that I didn't notice they had one.

Colin, 17 March 1999

For a long time, especially over the autumn of 1998 when Botley Road in general ground to a complete halt, it lay closed and I for one thought that it had closed completely. Fortunately it hasn't.

It has changed landlordship from the couple who ran it before, and it is now in the hands of a man in a moustache who puts on Varsity as well as Oxford bitter, but has unfortunately removed the magnificent wee stove there used to be at the southern end. Less of a family (and I don't mean this derisively) feel to it now than there was before.

There is now a surprising number of mirrors, and allegedly-old posters that weren't up before the refit in February, not to mention a presumably standard-issue Morrells chess table. Being able to borrow chessmen from the bar to play on the table is however a better bet than in the [Rendezvous]? round the corner by Sainsburys.

The television has been moved from its previously less obtrusive position above the bar, to the northwestern corner.

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