The Rickety Press has many attributes that add to its charm: a bower of green leaves mellowing the exterior and softening the view from the windowside banquettes, a breezily chummy staff (Carole remarked on how the lattes had shrunk in size and was assured, “you want more coffee? Just say- I’ve got loads of coffee!”); an interesting menu for picky or hearty eaters a large dining area (noisy when it’s full) which looks like your parents’ dining room at home and those window cubbies.
There are posh flats opposite, tiny expensive Jericho houses inhabited by well-to-do students and retired dons, the Phoenix cinema around the corner and all manner of boutique shops and restaurants a few yards away. The Rickety Press is your neighbourhood pub where you can have a black pudding scotch egg and a bowl of rosemary salted fries on your own, read the paper or meet a friend for coffee. Or you can go the whole hog with their Sunday roast (Beef with horseradish, lemon and thyme chicken or a nut roast for vegetarians all served with proper Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, steamed greens and gravy). Otherwise you have a choice of roast aubergine green curry, the Rickety beef burger, house-smoked salmon fillet with cous-cous cucumber). The ice-creams are very good (peanut butter, chocolate and salted caramel sundae) or the elderflower and buttermilk pudding with rhubarb.
Interesting drinks and cocktails- their Bloody Mary is delicious.
It’s one of two independent pubs owned by Chris and Leo who’ve somehow conveyed an atmosphere of not trying too hard creating a laid-back welcoming atmosphere that seems to appeal to all ages. I’ve known a couple of the managers and the latest is Rosie, who only intended to earn some money before she went travelling after graduating from university (Brookes). She’s been at the Rickety for eighteen months and says she loves working there.
PS and stop press: I hate to say this but this pub- one of my favourite places- is now a burger joint. The lovely interior is refurbished with distressed industrial type high stools that do not encourage lingering and I am no longer tempted by the pedestrian menu.
67 Cranham Terrace, Oxford OX2 6DE