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Pint Shop

Muddy says: you don’t actually have to down pints to visit here (although, be our guest…), this is in fact a family-friendly casual restaurant slap-bang in the centre of Oxford, ideal for a shopping/theatre trip pitstop.

There’s a lot of restaurant competition on George Street, in central Oxford, with its row of mega-chains, taking in Byron Burger and Jamie’s Italian. But Pint Shop – a mini-chain of just two, the other being in Cambridge –  is something a little different, with its sleek upstairs bar and vast downstairs dining room, with its stylish low-slung pendant lighting and parquet floors. It’s also much less hectic than its tourist-magnet neighbours.

As the name suggests, they’re big on beer here, with around 15 craft ales to choose from, with all the details chalked up on boards, plus there’s over 100 gins on the menu. But the food is fantastic too – brilliantly made burgers and other comfort food. With smiley service and a good kids menu, it’s ideal for a family bite, or you can scoff gourmet Scotch eggs upstairs alongside a pre-theatre tipple – the New Theatre is just opposite.

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