OK folks, the big day is drawing near and the 5A virgins are flapping, cramming (or not), or whatever they do in the last weeks...where are the good pubs, restaurants and other sources of quality R&R around Shrivenham?
The Fat Dog is massively overrated and overpriced. However it is very popular for syndicate nights out because it provides a courtesy minibus (which is often unavailable on the night that you have booked it). Try the Woodman in Fernham. About the same distance from DefAc but much better food and better prices.
Nice Japanese restaurant in stratton st margaret - Mt Fuji, and yes, if you think there's a lot of hondas in the car park, it does have something to do with the big Honda factory down the road. Does a great japanese buffet on sundays.
Herbs in Faringdon was pretty good, and didn't believe in closing if the booze and conversation was flowing. POW in the village does great chili and rice.
Only thing - that security fence - clearly map drawn by an idiot - got to get through 3? gates in order to go for a beer in the village, lest you try the unlit footpath down the main road.
Stay away from the Barrington Arms, unless you are looking for a bit of bother - darts tend to stop mid air, music slows to a halt......
Definitely The Woodman! Polish waitresses, gargantuan portions of top class grub and real ales too! I used to take my spaniel in there and the landlords used to let him have free roam of the place. Unfortunately, he used to end up behind the bar drinking the remnants of ale from the brass drip trays. They didn't mind but a real ale farting dog wasn't massively pleasant during the night in a tiny room in Roberts Hall. Nice!
Anyway, they have a big room out back where you can easily fit two syndicates in and they are well used to braying Majors kicking the arse out of their wine cellar. Would go back there without any hesitation.
Thereâs a Thai restaurant in Faringdon (Bangkok Kitchen) which serves up excellent food. Itâs in the old Post Office (which is a bit weird) but the food is top-notch. Plenty of space for a syndicate night out.
Expensive, but great food, hawks in cages out the back, 'dead romantic'...
If you want the fossils to feel wined and dined, in order to get them to pay off the debts incurred at Fallowfields, the Trout at Wolvercote (seen in the Inspector Morse series) is a fun 'ye olde' (but not too up its own arrse) place - the peacocks will nick your food if you're not careful. Only problem is the number of pompous Oxford Don types who strut around with their noses in the air - push one in the river/weir and feel good:
Lovely staff, you hire the whole place for the night and we had a cracking night with 20 Bootnecks and 2 of us Navy. For reasons I can't remember we found a dressing up box and before you could say "Both watches of the warfare department" we were in dresses fighting. Normal night to be honest.
Sadly that cuzzah closed down. I quite liked it but the rumour is that is was a health and safety issue which shut it down. If you have not found out by now then I would avoid the Chinese in Shrivenham like the plague.
Is it me or do the restaraunts and pubs of Shrivenham think they have captive market so make no effort whatsoever?
The Barrington Arms appears to be reopening under new management from Monday - maybe a change in emphasis?
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I may be wrong but try the stables in the college - I thought they did day 'dogsitting'.
I recommend not keeping a dog in the accomodation - mess rules say you can't, but of more interest is a few on my course who snuck dogs in then got billed for 'deep cleaning' and their dogs were 'evicted'.