A hat-trick for Far from the Madding Crowd

Left to right: David Patalong, Shaun McGonigal, Lauren Magill holding baby Oliver, and Anna Llewelyn

Left to right: David Patalong, Shaun McGonigal, Lauren Magill holding baby Oliver, and Anna Llewelyn Buy this photo

First published in News

FOR the third time Far from the Madding Crowd has won Oxford’s CAMRA pub of the year.

The Campaign for Real Ale also crowned the independent pub, in Friars Entry, Oxford, the city’s best in 2009 and 2011.

Run by David Patalong and his partner Lauren Magill since 2007, the pub saw off five other shortlisted pubs to come out on top.

The judges visited each contender and judged the quality of its ale, atmosphere, food and service.

Mr Patalong said the couple have another reason to be cheerful this week, with the birth of their son Oliver last Monday.

“It’s was a great week,” he said. “And winning pub of the year just topped it off nicely.

“We just want to say thank you very much to everyone who voted for us and all our customers and everyone who has supported us.

“We have just continued to serve a wide selection of good real ales at all times and the pub has a great atmosphere.

“It’s a winning formula and we’re not going to change it.”

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9:42am Wed 12 Dec 12

online_reader says...

Has the food improved? I ate the cheapest nastiest ham salad ever there a few years back (the miserly 2 slices of thin ham were square and watery) and I haven't been back. Shame because the beer is good, but generally if I'm going into a pub these days it's for lunch too.
Has the food improved? I ate the cheapest nastiest ham salad ever there a few years back (the miserly 2 slices of thin ham were square and watery) and I haven't been back. Shame because the beer is good, but generally if I'm going into a pub these days it's for lunch too. online_reader
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4:27pm Wed 12 Dec 12

EMBOX1 says...

The food isnt terrible, but nothing particularly special. All it needs to be is good quality, preferably home made, and at a reasonable price. Certainly not Brakes/3663 wholesale stuff.

They used to do amazing Welsh Rarebit circa 2003...they can bring that back!!
The food isnt terrible, but nothing particularly special. All it needs to be is good quality, preferably home made, and at a reasonable price. Certainly not Brakes/3663 wholesale stuff. They used to do amazing Welsh Rarebit circa 2003...they can bring that back!! EMBOX1
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6:27pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

The Welsh Rarebit died with Noel, sadly.
The Welsh Rarebit died with Noel, sadly. Pavinder Msvarensy
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2:47pm Thu 13 Dec 12

slygirl says...

I had some really good nights here in 2008 ..... =^)
I had some really good nights here in 2008 ..... =^) slygirl
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