The Rusty Summer Street Party 2017

It's nearly here! The Rusty Bicycle Summer Street Party is back on Saturday 29th July. As we did last year, we're closing off Hurst Street between the Leopold Street and Magdalen Road junctions and rolling in our beer truck stage for a day of live music, food, drink and general merriment for the whole neighbourhood...

To keep your ears happy and your toes tapping, we've got sets from Rusty favourites including Little MammothsLittle Brother EliJoaquim & the Smoke Machine (plus more acts TBA!). Oxford's own Zaia will round the evening off, playing chill reggae with a soul/folk/rock twist. 

And if you get hungry or thirsty, just grab your craft tipple of choice from our outdoor bar, pick up your favourite pizza to enjoy outside at our pizza hatch, or savour a Dodo burger, served on the street all day. 

Here's all the important info:

When? Saturday the 29th July, from 12pm.

Where? Corner of Hurst Street & Magdalen Road. 

What? Food, drink, live music, good times. 

Who? This is a celebration of and for the whole neighbourhood – all are welcome.

See you there! 

Do'doughnuts are here to stay! (And more summer menu news...)

Do'doughnuts are BACK by popular demand... and they're here to stay! National Doughnut Week was such a success that we're adding doughnuts to our menu, so you can enjoy them whenever you fancy.

Speaking of which... yep, there's a new menu coming, all spruced up for summer, including delicious new pizzas that'll transport you to Italy in one bite, fresh salads, burger updates, and more goodies to see you through the season. There's only one thing left to do... get yourself down to one of the pubs and try something new!

Wimbledon 2017

Ah, Wimbledon... the surest sign that summer's begun! We love sitting back with a glass of fizz (or a couple of pints) and strawberries and cream while we watch other people exert themselves, so we're showing the matches in all three pubs this year. Best of all, whenever Murray plays, jugs of Pimm's and Dodo lager are only £10, so you can ease the inevitable tension with a drink or four... 

Outdoor cinema at the Rickety Press!

This August we're doing a popup street cinema outside the Rickety Press, with film, food and drink for the whole neighbourhood. More details will be announced soon, but in the meantime, we'd love your ideas for what to show! Swing by and drop the names of your favourite films in the suggestion box at the bar (remember to keep it family friendly!)... or share your ideas on Facebook here.

And don't forget to mark your calendars, too: it's happening on Saturday 12th August.

Pingbledon Championship at the Bottle of Sauce

You think Wimbledon is competitive? Forget Centre Court – come on down to the Bottle of Sauce for Pingbledon, our 32-seed knockout ping pong championship, to see the real athletes in action. There will be beer, sweat, tears, and probably more beer as our highly skilled entrants* compete for the honour of lifting the much-coveted 2017 growler trophy.

Make sure you follow us on InstagramTwitter or Facebook to get updates about the tournament... 

*Well, highly enthusiastic, at least.

Cocktail alchemy at the Bottle of Sauce

As part of this year's Cheltenham Science Festival, we're thrilled to be hosting a special series of demonstrations by scientist Dr. Suze Kundu at the Bottle of Sauce. Suze will be showing off some cool tricks that harness the power of science to produce a bit of cocktail magic, and answering some age old questions... like what difference it actually makes to shake, not stir, a martini. 

We will, of course, also be serving up some of the cocktails behind the bar, so you can sample the results of all that experimentation after you've learned something new.

The demonstrations are free to attend – just get yourself to the private dining room at the Bottle for one of four lecture slots on Saturday 10th June: 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, or 21:00!

Jericho Street Fair: Saturday 10 June

Saturday 10th of June: it's the Jericho Street Fair! Festivities will be ongoing all day on Canal Street, just around the corner from the Rickety, with stalls and children's entertainment (including a bouncy castle!) from 12 noon to 4.30pm, plus live music till 9pm. 

We'll be serving up food all day at the Rickety, so you can grab a bite to eat and soak up the street fair atmosphere. See you there!

Save the date! 29 July: it's the one and only Rusty Summer Street Party!

After the success of last year's Rusty Bicycle Summer Street Party, we're ramping up for an even bigger and better bash this year to celebrate the wonderful East Oxford community that makes the Rusty so special.

As before, we'll be closing down a section of Hurst Street, rolling in our beer truck stage, and making sure there's live music, booze, and food aplenty. It's important to us that this is a community event – we are a neighbourhood pub, after all – so if you have any ideas or thoughts just drop us a line, or pop into the Rusty to say hi.

Stay tuned for more details, but mark your calendar now: It's all happening on Saturday 29th July from 12 noon.

Happy father's day, fathers! Have a pint on us...

This Father's Day, all dads get a free pint of Dodo lager or craft ale when they order brunch (or a lunch main) – our way of saying thanks for everything they do for us, great and small.

So whether you're a dad yourself, or you want to make sure yours knows how much you appreciate him (or both!), make sure you pop into one of the pubs on Sunday 18th June for a spot of brunch and a beer...

Dodo Pubs at the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th June is the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival. We'll be there with our double tasty woodfired pizzas – stop by and say hi! And there's a fabulous array of talks, tastings, and other entertainments and exhibitions on all weekend... we can't wait, we're getting hungry just thinking about it.

9th - 11th June
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham GL50 1SD
Tickets to the festival can be booked in advance here, or purchased at the gate.

p.s. If you can't make it down to the festival, or you need your pizza fix ASAP, remember you can always get 50% off selected pizzas at any of our pubs during lunchtimes, Tuesday - Friday, every week.

Cheltenham Jazz Fest at the Bottle of Sauce

Well, it happened: the Bottle of Sauce's very first Cheltenham Jazz Festival weekend!

We hosted two days of events at the Bottle, and from the rousing sounds of the legendary Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band on Friday night to the jazz, blues, and booze-infused bliss that was Saturday, we loved every minute.

There was music (oh, there was music). There were dangerously delicious New Orleans-inspired cocktails. There were po'boys. There was more music. Particular highlights included the Kansas Smitty's House Band, a DJ set from Cat in the Hat, and the indescribably delightful experience that was Mr Wilson's Second Liners, complete with tie-dye T-shirts, playing nineties club classics in the style of a New Orleans funeral procession. 

Some of us are still nursing our tender heads - the telltale sign of a successful party - but we'll leave you with this video of Mr Wilson's Second Liners doing their thing to induce envy amongst those of you who didn't make it out and nostalgia in those of you who did...

Rusty Regulars: local photographer captures the spirit of an East Oxford pub

Ever since we first opened our doors in 2009, we’ve wanted the Rusty Bicycle to be a neighbourhood pub first and foremost — a place that reflects the vibrancy of the surroundings and the people who make up this little corner of East Oxford. 

Eight years on, we’re proud to be at the heart of a wonderful community, including a devoted core of regulars, a number of whom are the subject of a new exhibit and book by local photographer Bernard Clarke.

A longstanding regular himself, and a resident of Hurst Street for more than twenty years, Clarke has observed firsthand how the pub has transformed the area and become a gathering place for the community. 

Clarke took up photography about seven years ago, after he retired from teaching. He describes himself as an enthusiastic amateur, always looking for the next project. He saw a perfect opportunity in the pub he’s come to know so well. Everyone has a story here, and his expressive portraits capture the culture of the Rusty and the incredible variety of interesting people who’ve made it their local, from young families to retirees. 

In the intro to the book he has produced alongside the exhibition, Clarke writes:

'Ever since the day in 2009 when it emerged from the moribund and unlamented Eagle Tavern, the Rusty Bicycle has had a steadily transforming effect on a quiet part of East Oxford. The name sums it up, unpretentious and a bit quirky – like an old friend.'

Now, he adds:

'"The Rusty" is always busy, but in a warm, buzzy, friendly, rarely rowdy way – weekends overflow with young children and their families having treat pizzas and burgers; alternative Tuesday evenings heave with erudite quizzers; Saturday morning chess players manage to ignore the breakfasters; and the rest of the time, there is always a steady flow of drinkers being served by the young, delightfully friendly staff.'

Clarke’s photos will be on exhibit during Oxfordshire Artweeks, alongside work by his wife Anthea, a weaver, and others. Pop along:

When? 20th - 29th May | 12pm - 6pm; Thursdays 12pm - 8pm

Where? 133 Hurst Street, Oxford, OX4 1HE

More info on the exhibit is available here. And if you fancy a pint after, the Rusty is just across the road...

National Doughnut Week, Dodo-Style

The most underrated date in the UK calendar is back, and we cannot bloody wait!

In celebration of NATIONAL DOUGHNUT WEEK 2017, we'll be serving up some of the fluffiest, most delicious little deep fried balls of joy known to man.

In true Dodo style, there will be a selection of three suitably outrageous toppings to take them to the next level. This truly is a week to be celebrated...

Get in on the action: Monday 15th through Sunday 21st May only!

The bRUNch of champions

It's race time in Oxford again, and we're getting involved...

Support us and all the other good sports running in the 5k Fun Run on 6th May, or the classic Town and Gown 10k on the 14th... then join us for a well-earned bRUNch (see what we did there?) at the Rusty or the Rickety afterwards.

From Rhubarb Pancakes to classic Eggs Benny we've got something to revive every runner (and spectator... it can be hungry work watching other people exercise). PB (that stands for perfect brunch, right?) guaranteed!

p.s. don't forget to join our Hangover Club to get 25% off brunch before noon all year round. Details HERE.