Drinkers are shocked to learn that The Grapes in George Street has now closed and may never reopen.

It was just weeks ago that members of the Oxford branch of real ale group CAMRA presented staff with a certificate to celebrate its inclusion in the Good Beer Guide 2022.

Popular with theatre goers and real ale drinkers, the cosy pub with a long bar goes back to the 1800s.

This pub was established by 1808 and may originally have been called the Bunch of Grapes.

It was rebuilt in its present form in about 1894 and and once had 'swinging front doors likened to a Wild West saloon'.

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In recent years, the pub has changed hands quite frequently.

Bath Ales were in charge in 2012 and revamped the pub.

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It was renamed Beerd Oxford in 2015. And then its name reverted back to The Grapes by August 2017 when it was given a refurbishment, and theatre photos and memorabilia were removed from the walls.

Then in 2019, West Berkshire Brewery took charge, and went ahead with a £70,000 refurbishment, improving the bar area and created new wooden booths for seating.