I won’t be losing much sleep over the closure of the Cross Keys pub in Abingdon. It’s sad to see the demise of any decent pub but the Cross Keys wasn’t up to scratch really, lined up against some fierce competition. When I called in some years ago it was full of televisions and closed at lunchtime. Flats are proposed on a redeveloped site. Good idea. We need more homes.
The one good thing about a recession is that it sorts out the wheat from the chaff, but Abingdon need not worry. You are spoiled for choice with an array of good town centre pubs and restaurants. There is the White Horse, Brewery Tap, the Anchor, King’s Head and Bell, Punch Bowl, Black Swan, Blue Boar, Broad Face — thankfully reopened — and the Crown and Thistle Hotel. I find The Narrows disappointingly uncomfortable but the beer and food range is well priced as you would expect in a Weatherspoon pub. As for The Grapes opposite, well I’ll pass on that one.
But surely the jewel in the crown is the Nag’s Head on the bridge over-looking the Thames. Two years ago it was on its knees but in steps a new owner — previously at the Broad Face — and the pub has undergone a remarkable transformation. Real ales and good food with a new-look garden and friendly and efficient young staff. Not only that but the Nag’s Head is the gig centre of Abingdon with regular music packing in the punters.
As the redevelopment of the Old Gaol complex continues, even more people will be attracted to this once forgotten part of town.
The national economy is stirring again and all that’s needed now is a revival of the retail sector in the wake of the refurbished precinct.
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ALL housing benefit should be stopped and then Oxford landlords will have to bring rents down in line with wages and incomes.
12:41pm Thursday 21st May 2015
THE letter by Laura Hook about parking permits in today’s Oxford Mail (May 18) took my mind back into the past.
12:40pm Thursday 21st May 2015
ANEURIN Bevan must have had two dreams in the immediate post-war years.
12:39pm Thursday 21st May 2015
IN your article about a policeman sacked for lying that his car had been stolen (May 13), not only to his colleagues but also to the insurance company which actually forked out the value of the vehicle, you quote Det Chief Supt Tim De Meyer as stating “...there can...be no place in the police for those who do not act with integrity. Thankfully, cases such as this are rare...”