The Lamb and Flag has a long history beginning when St John’s College bought the building from Godstow Abbey and opened a tavern in 1695. According to this site, the pub has been owned by a few different long gone breweries, and many different landlords who used the pub as a hotel and stabling.
Sometime in the early 20th century, the property next door was purchased. It was a used the Registrar of Births & Deaths for the Oxford sub-district between 1937 and 1955 but is now part of the pub.
St John’s College regained the license of the in 1999 and in 2000 spent £130,000 renovating the pub and converting derelict upper floor rooms into post graduate student accomodation. The college uses some of the pubs’ profit to provide ‘Lamb and Flag Scholarships‘.
Split into two distinctive parts, the front of the pub is more modern in appearance with light wood panelling throughout and a large bar. The large windows provide plenty of lighting. The bar features just a small selection of the beers available.
Towards the rear are three more traditional drinking areas with a mixture of wooden and stone floors, bare stone walls and a large open fire. There is also a long and well stocked bar featuring cask ales and quality real lagers from the Cotswold Brewing Co.
There are usually around 6 ales available at any one time. Breweries featured when I visited in April 2011 were Orkney, Theakston, Salopian, Shepherd Neame, Skinners and Palmers.
Skinners Betty Stoggs and beers from Palmers are the regular beers with a house beer, Lamb and Flag, being brewed by Palmers. The ale is reasonably priced at around £2.80 a pint.
Also available are three beers from the Cotswold Brewing Co. – a wheat beer, a lager and a dark lager.
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Lamb and Flag
12 St Giles Street
Tel: 01865 515 787
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