Nothing lasts forever and that’s certainly the case with Oxford pubs.

Here we feature some popular pubs that have closed over the years.

One or two - like the Lamb & Flag and the Eagle and Child - will make a comeback but others are gone for good.

One of the city's historic pubs - The Grapes in George Street - shut suddenly at the end of last year and has not yet reopened.

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Oxford Mail:

Drinkers were shocked when staff at The West Berkshire Brewery pub in George Street placed a note on the door to say it would not be reopening.

The note at Christmas told drinkers: “It is with great sadness that I inform you The Grapes is closed. We will not be reopening.”

The West Berkshire Brewery, near Newbury, which took over the pub lease in 2019, went into administration, according to Companies House.

It is not the only well-known pub in the city to have closed in recent years.

The Mitre in High Street shut in 2019 for a major refurbishment of Lincoln College student accommodation above the bar.

Oxford Mail:

But the pub never reopened, and now it looks set to become a branch of Italian restaurant chain Gusto.

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The Mitre is thought to be the city's oldest pub and drinkers have criticised the move.

The Eagle and Child in St Giles also remains closed.

It is understood that it will cost more than £1m to renovate the pub associated with acclaimed writers CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien and this could take another two years.

Oxford Mail:

While there have been numerous disappointments for drinkers, it is not all doom and gloom.

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A community interest group has taken over the running of the Lamb and Flag on the opposite side of St Giles to the Eagle and Child and it is expected to reopen later this year.

Oxford Mail:

Drinkers have already been invited to a number of private sessions to try out the pub, which has been redesigned inside.

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This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

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