At the tail end of Bicester High Street, from the exterior this Hogshead looks like one of the prettier pubs in the immediate area. The inside is however a throwback to the heady days of the mid 90's and is reminiscent of the now virtually defunct Firkin chain, with basic wooden furniture and a slightly shabby feel. The pool table was relegated to the smaller of the two bars, as the larger room was quite popular considering it was a Saturday afternoon. There was also an room at the back which plays host to live music along with a garden which, on our visit, played host to a dozen tipsy regulars playing some sort of game which involved throwing large sticks at a mattress. Special mention must also go to the jukebox, which will keep you amused for hours if you're a fan of rock. Ultimately this is a simple, unpretentious place to spend an afternoon and we can imagine it getting pretty lively on weekend evenings.
84 Sheep Street, Bicester, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6LP
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How to find the Hobgoblin pub
From the train station, exit left and then after a few minutes take the first left (North Street). Carry on over the roundabout onto Sheep Street and you'll soon see the Hobgoblin