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The Cowley Retreat

172 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE, England
+44 1865 247878
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good43%
  • Average19%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible12%
8 Apr 2018
“Great Food, nice expansive pub”
18 Mar 2018
“2 4 1 cocktails”
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Bar, Pub, British, Vegetarian Friendly
172 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect for students, food is affordable, and do happy hour with a great beer garden... what can beat that. Staff are lovely always smiling.

1  Thank LongIslandIcedTea997
Reviewed 19 April 2018

I expected classic pub rabble, but was suprised to see a great cocktail selection and happy hour (a bit upset that you have to get identical drinks to benefit from 2-4-1. Friends ordered food and it looked so good when it came out i regretted...More

1  Thank seandasheep560
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Such a great atmosphere and staff, the beer garden is perfect for when the weathers nice and the heated booths for when it’s a bit chilly, drinks are yummy and great prices

1  Thank Emma S
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Visited here on a rainy Sunday afternoon, not a lot of folks here but the beer was good and the food was very good, great 60's and 70's music playing, wait staff was friendly and helpful, will definitely go again. Has a very nicer expansive...More

1  Thank randyharvey
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The staff was attentive, the service quick and the atmosphere vibrant and fun. If you’re debating whether to go here or not, I recommend it completely as you will not regret it. I will definitely come here again!

1  Thank julihg2016
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Used to frequent this place a lot as it was one of the best meeting places on cowley road with a good atmosphere, However it has gone down hill since the last change in management. As a mother i don’t get out that much but...More

Thank micco81
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Visited last weekend with friends . Quite busy early evening . Great cocktails offers worth the effort of a visit . Great service although could do with a better range of draught ciders

1  Thank coughandcath
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 31 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
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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