I used to live in Abingdon so visited often but now live further away so don't get back as often as I'd like.
I took the opportunity to stay here a while ago and was very impressed with the quality of the room. I had room 2.
Due to this being an old building the rooms have lots of character and can be on different levels but the quality of the room was in my view excellent. Location-wise you are in an ideal place to access the town and all it has to offer. Restaurants are 2 minutes away if that on foot, and the food here is a good reason not to venture far. Sunday lunch is excellent and popular so book early. The Beef and Horseradish sarny is also a favourite. The wife loves the Fish Finger Butty!! Parking at the pub can be limited depending on what time you arrive but Abingdon has 3 car parks that I can recall; two of which are a 3 to 4 minute walk and the multi storey car park is maybe 5 to 6 minutes away on foot. The car park on West St. Helens Street is an easy walk via Coopers Lane which runs through the town house and apartment development behind the pub. For the beer loving historians amongst you this is where the Morlands Brewery used to be and some of those buildings are still there; converted for living space.
Abingdon is built on the river Thames and 5 minutes will get you there with some lovely riverside walks. If you take Coopers Lane you will end up a stone's throw from St. Helen's church; a church has been on this site for over 1000 years. Abingdon is one town that claims the title of the oldest continuously populated settlements in Britain, at least 6000 years. Check Wikipedia info at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abingdon,_Oxfordshire
The pub itself is lovely; a real fire for those winter evenings and lovely wood, stone and brick decor. The juke box always has an excellent mix and the bar has just about everything you could want; the standard beers plus quest ales on top of the usual optics and mixers. My liver would testify to the fact that I've never been short of options (not big or clever I know :-). I've put 4 out of 5 for value because there are cheaper pubs in town but going elsewhere always tends to be a stop on the way to the 'Tap because this is the best in my honest opinion, and has been for a long time!
I could wax lyrical for ages but I'll finish on the fact that I love this pub for all of the above but mainly the people. Matt and JD are the best people you could meet and the staff are a happy, good looking bunch. The regular punters are also friendly and I completely understand why the Brewery Tap is a little community in itself. The theme to "Cheers" is now running through my mind!!
A must visit if you're coming to Abingdon!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grade II listed pub with superbly renovated en-suite accommodation in the former 'tap-house' for Morland's brewery. In the 'Good Beer Guide', known for great food and a multiple nominee for CAMRA's SE Oxfordshire pub of the year. Town centre location, off street parking, secret beer garden! Available for functions and events. ... more less
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