Fire at The Perch

2007-05-14

in Daily updates, Oxford

Fire at the Perch Pub, Oxford

The Perch, one of Oxford’s best pubs, suffered from a fairly severe fire on Wednesday. Based on the look I had at it today, the external damage is limited to the roof. Inside, things might be a lot worse. Apparently, the fire started in one of the chimneys. Thankfully, nobody was injured. A similar blaze took place thirty years ago, so it seems likely that rebuilding will occur.

The nicest thing about The Perch is the location. To get there from northern Oxford, you need to walk across the Port Meadow and then up along the canal for a short ways. At night, you are likely to see some of the Port Meadow cows or horses along the way. During the day, patrons can sit outside in a grassy area surrounded by willow trees. When each of my parents visited Oxford, we made a visit to this pub. I have also been there with a good collection of friends over the last year and a half.

Despite the high probability that the pub will eventually be open for business again, I doubt it will occur before I depart. One more reason to visit Oxford in a few years, I suppose.

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Anon @ Wadh May 15, 2007 at 8:36 pm

That really is a great shame. The Perch was a perfect spot for a summer pint.

Anon May 15, 2007 at 11:31 pm

Any word on rebuilding?

Milan May 18, 2007 at 5:18 pm

I haven’t heard anything so far.

Alex May 31, 2007 at 8:08 pm

Where oh where will we take the dog now?

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