January 2015

Hello and welcome to our first in a planned series of monthly Blenheim posts on upcoming events, interesting occurrences and other news from the pub, the brewery and so on.

The past few months have been eventful, here are some highlights.

  • We completed our hunt for a new chef very successfully and Duncan has settled into our team very well, launching his new menu at the beginning of December, bringing his own touch to our mains as well as expanding our snack menu (which can all now be enjoyed as a very filling sharing option with 3 for £9.99 or 5 for £15 for any items).
  • We are back in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the sixth year running, which we think is a solid endorsement of the handover from our previous landlord in February of 2014, with Chris taking over the reins after several years of good service to the pub! 
  • The pub was filmed for a series coming out in the new year. We won’t spoil any of the details, but several regulars of the Royal Blenheim Chalk and Cheese Quiz are strongly featured. So watch out for “Quiz Knights” on Sky in the new year.
  • This month we also played host to Mabel Day 2014 along with various other pubs around the city (they like their real ale, these sword dancers) This year they didn’t scuff our ceiling although they did eat all our bacon butties, so it was a mixed success. In any case, we were delighted on the bar for the unusual Sunday morning entertainment, and hopefully we will see them again next year.
Coming up soon:
  • The first quiz of 2015: Wednesday 7th January at 8.30pm. The theme is a round up of 2014, one of the answers will be cheese, it’s £1 per person to enter and there will also be a cheese raffle for a big bag of cheese from Oxford Cheese Company.
  • Rugby. Here are our major fixtures (I will endeavour to update this as I get more info):

Guinness Pro12

Glasgow Warriors vs Llanelli Scarlets

Friday 9th at 7:35pm on BBC Wales

Aviva Premiership

Gloucester vs Saracens

Friday 9th at 7:45pm on BT Sport 1

Aviva Premiership

Harlequins vs Leicester

Saturday 10th at 3:15pm on BT Sport 1

Aviva Premiership

Newcastle vs London Welsh

Sunday 11th at 2:00pm on BT Sport 1

Guinness Pro12

Benetton Treviso vs Ulster

Sunday 11th at 3:00pm on BBC1 Northern Ireland

Guinness Pro12

Ospreys vs Newport Gwent Dragons

Sunday 11th at 4:00pm on S4C

European Cup

Group Stage

Saracens vs Munster

Saturday 17th at 1:00pm on BT Sport 1

European Cup

Group Stage

Harlequins vs London Wasps

Saturday 17th at 7:45pm on BT Sport 1

European Cup

Group Stage

Toulouse vs Bath

Sunday 18th at 4:15pm on BT Sport 1

European Cup

Group Stage

Ospreys vs Northampton

Sunday 18th at 5:30pm on BT Sport 1

European Cup

Group Stage

London Wasps vs Leinster

Saturday 24that 1:00pm on BT Sport 1

European Cup

Group Stage

Castres vs Harlequins

Saturday 24th at 2:00pm on BT Sport 2

European Cup

Group Stage

Northampton vs Racing Metro

Saturday 24th at 3:15pm on BT Sport 1

European Cup

Group Stage

Bath vs Glasgow Warriors

Sunday 25th at 1:00pm on BT Sport 1

European Cup

Group Stage

Clermont Auvergne vs Saracens

Sunday 25th at 4:15pm on BT Sport 1

 

We also have S4C, BBC Alba, BBC Scotland etc. so if you’d like to know if we can accommodate your rugby needs, please just ask and we’ll do our best.


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