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The Cowley Retreat

172 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE, England
+44 1865 247878
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  • Excellent19%
  • Very good45%
  • Average21%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible12%
30 Dec 2017
“Very quiet ! ”
13 May 2017
“Very nice for Sunday afternoons in the sun”
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Bar, Pub, British
172 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE, England
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Great pub, however we found the manger rude, unfriendly and pedantic. The Other staff were great. We were really put off by how miserable the manager was.

Thank jackie4529
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Was mortified by rude unkind behaviour of bar man I think named Calvin. Refused to serve us as we had supposedly “waved” money at him, this was not the case. It was very embarrassing other customers also expressed their discomfort with one gentleman telling him...More

Thank Specsgirl83
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Visited last Thursday with friends . Very Very quiet .... Probably because it was between holidays and students were down . Friendly staff , good range of beers ,

Thank coughandcath
Reviewed 2 November 2017

On numerous occasions the bar man called Calvin has been very rude and has given the worst customer service. He refuses to make my drink because he wanted to make a new drink, which was new on the menu and said that I was ‘boring’...More

1  Thank Imogen W
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

We visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon and sat outside in the garden. Very relaxed athmosphere and great food.

Thank Astbre
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Visited tonight with friends . Very busy lively place but plenty of room to sit and chat . Great music and atmosphere . Friendly staff and good range of drinks

Thank coughandcath
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

This place is excellent, good food and drinks. Moreover, the staff (Saul) was incredible with us, very pleasant and polite. Good prices. We will come in another time.

1  Thank Carlos B
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I visited on a Thursday evening and The Cowley Retreat was bustling with students. I suspect this is because of it's reasonable pricing (for a pub in Oxford), and it's good beer garden. A good pub except it could do with a bit more seating,...More

1  Thank Dale C
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We needed to be in Oxford the night of the six nations Sat 18th March but are not local. We also wanted to watch the six nations.... We emailed this pub and they kindly reserved a table for us. They let us know by email....More

1  Thank Rhi3
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

This place is really popular amongst students, so I would not recommend to have dinner there - but drinks and lunch is better. It is always full on the evenings!

Thank Gry b
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub, British
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 01:30
12:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 172 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 247878
The Cowley Retreat can be found in the middle of the busy Cowley Road.We offer a fantastic range of Draught beers & Ales, wines and in house cocktail menu. Ideal for a catching up with friends for a quiet drink, or for your weekend warm up.We offer a promotions on cocktails throughout the week.Coming soon....Early next year we will be launching our brand new food offering. Containing a range of great value classic British food.
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