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CAMRA North
Oxfordshire Pub
of the Year
2009, 2006,
2003 and 2002

Real Ales at the Rose & Crown

Apart from the regular offering of Ramsbury Bitter (3.6% abv) and a pump which always offers a real ale from Wye Valley Brewery, all the other real ales change all the time, so it's always worth a visit to see what's on offer from the six remaining handpumps. Look along the bar or check out the list on the blackboard.

With around 40 different ales on sale every month - most of which are from quality microbrewers from all four corners of the UK - there is always a great choice. Beers from the West Country (Skinners, Coastal, Teignworthy, Cotleigh, etc.), the Midlands (Cannon Royall, Holden's, Black Hole, Slaters, etc.) and the North East (Abbeydale, Kelham Island, Saltaire, etc.) are often seen on the bar at the Rose & Crown - but there are always surprises for even the keenest real ale drinker or CAMRA member.

The quality and choice of the pub's real ale is recognised with it winning the CAMRA North Oxfordshire Pub of the Year award four times in seven years (in fact every time the pub has been eligible to enter).

Traditional Cider and Foreign Beer

To give discerning drinkers even more choice, the Rose & Crown offers traditional cider - usually two ciders and one perry (along with keg ciders Stowford Press and Pheasant Plucker) - ask at the bar for details of current selection.

Unusual for rural Oxfordshire is the draught Hoegaarden Witbier and Leffe Blonde. There is also usually a third, often more unusual, foreign beer on draught which is often very rare in the locality (or even regionally) - recently this has been Köstritzer Black Lager from Thuringia, Germany; Schlenkerla Smoked Beer from Bamberg in Franconia, Germany and Brooklyn Lager, imported from New York, USA. Currently that beer is Shipyard Brewery American Pale Ale.

A selection of Belgian bottled beer is often available. Ask at the bar for details.

English Fruit Wines and red/white wines

The Rose & Crown sells a good range of traditional English fruit wines - such as Elderberry, Raspberry, Sloe, Damson and Cherry.

Lovers of the grape are not forgotten either, with a good range of red, white and rose wines from France and the New World.

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