CAMRA Oxfordshire Pub of the Year 2018 and North
Welcome to the Rose & Crown - Oxfordshire Pub of the Year 2018
The Rose & Crown in Charlbury is a traditional pub with the emphasis on real ale - along with traditional cider and perry, quality Belgian and foreign beers, good value red and white wines, and old English fruit wines.
This popular and friendly ‘wet-sales-only’ pub has been voted Pub of the Year by North Oxfordshire CAMRA for 2018 along with four previous occasions - and has since been voted Pub of the Year for whole of Oxfordshire. With up to eight real ales on offer, a seven traditional ciders/perrys, and a selection of quality craft beers on draught and in bottle - the Rose & Crown can justifiably claim to have the best selection of real ale and other quality traditional drinks in the area.
Charlbury is served by regular First Great Western trains, and the Rose & Crown is only a short walk from Charlbury Station.
The pub turns over its real ales very quickly, and serves on average around 40 different guest beers per month. Ramsbury Bitter is the only regular real ale and there is one pump dedicated to Wye Valley Brewery ales - the other six handpumps offer an ever-changing selection of ales - mostly from microbreweries - with products from all four corners of the UK.
This true community pub has been listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for over 30 consecutive years and it’s a place where local residents and visitors from all walks of life come to chat, debate or unwind in a convivial and lively environment. It’s also a place where local clubs, societies and other groups come to relax after switching off from their formal duties.
Top quality live music is very popular in the Rose & Crown, and artists from North America, Europe and from all over the UK play in the lively, appreciative, yet intimate atmosphere of the main bar and many of the musicians consider the Rose & Crown to be among their favourite pub venues. Live music takes place usually ever fortnight (check the Live Music page for the latest gig list), and the music is always free on the night - just turn up, buy a few drinks and enjoy the music.
There are regular (and very popular) Vinyl Nights and "Soul on the Wold" DJ sets, which take place in the Back Room of the pub (see Events page) – and new this year are Comedy Nights (note that there is a £5 entry fee for the latter).
The pub organises a beer festival each year - usually at the end of January - at which a much larger than usual selection real ales will be on sale.
There are two distinct drinking areas in the Rose & Crown with the main bar area and the quieter 'back room', where there is a pool table and a large flat-screen TV. There is also a pleasant outside patio area for warmer evenings and for smoking.