As ‘outside’ hospitality is now open following COVID 19 Government guidelines, we thought we reminded you of accessible pub gardens around the UK in a previous post. One venue we listed was The Perch in Oxford:
Just far enough outside central Oxford to get away from the hustle, bustle and students you can find The Perch. It’s a is a beautiful 17th century thatched inn, set back from the river, with a beautifully tranquil garden at the back. Writer Henry Taunt wrote that The Perch had been known as “The Cathedral”, due to its landlord serving alcohol on a Sunday. A popular local saying was “First the Church, then The Perch”. Steeped in local history, the building has been through a lot of damage and rebuilding in recent years, but the garden remains the same.
The actual building isn’t accessible but the beer garden is. The main building has a large step at the entrance and many little steps scattered around an old building. You can go around and use the side gate, that is normally for staff access, if you let somebody know you’re there. This is a gem of a pub.
We haven’t visited the Perch but one of our readers, Lorraine says,
“I am a full time wheelchair user and love The Perch. The staff are very accommodating and when I visited last Summer the garden can be reached via a ramp from inside the main building which the staff are very happy to put in place when needed or the side gate. They have a disabled toilet adjacent to the other toilets accessible through a door from the bar.”
Although it is stylish and the garden is accessible we can only give it 2 BBS Ticks because we have to judge the venue as a whole. Good beer garden though.