- Brewery: Bass
A winding building of some antiquity (an account is mounted on one of the walls), this is best seen from above and behind from [Regent's Park College]?. It seems very keen to sell itself as the pub where J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and the bloke who wrote "The Sword in the Stone" met, and called themselves the Inklings.
The conservatory at the back is popular and covered in tiles. The main problem with this pub is actually getting in and finding a seat, unless you turn up early, because it's usually packed to the gunwales.
After the refurbishment that followed the division of Allied Domecq's estate between Bass and Punch Taverns, it looks much the same, but slightly shinier, much like Bass' other two town centre flagships The Bear and The White Horse. The real ales on offer are now the standard Adnams, Bass, Ind Coope Burton Ale, and I think Greene King IPA. All of the food may contain traces of nuts. (10.ii.2001)
As a result of the new management direction, board games are no longer available.
The are rumours that if you sit in the corner nearest Greens Cafe, you can reach their free wifi signal which is left on all night.