Book your Christmas feast early and get free fizz!

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The leaves are turning, the nights are drawing in, and there's a fresh chill in the morning air. Summer is officially over, and that can only mean one thing: it's time to start pretending that you're annoyed by brands pushing Christmas This and Christmas That at you, even though secretly you can't wait for Christmas because, well, who can?

Luckily, we're all over it. Our super special, super delicious Christmas menu is upand we're now taking bookings for Christmas feasts for groups of eight or more.

Book early to avoid being disappointed that all the other uber-organised keen beans got in before you. Even better: book before the 1st November and get your first glass of fizz for free. The handy links below hold the key to Christmas happiness:

Book at the Rickety Press here.

Book at the Rusty Bicycle here.

Book at the Bottle of Sauce here.

*If you're too lazy to click the link but curious about how we do Christmas, think turkey burgers, buttered sprouts and pancetta pizza, sides aplenty, and sugar 'n' spice doughnuts...

Oktoberfest at the Rusty Bicycle and the Bottle of Sauce

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Get ready... this year we're celebrating Oktoberfest not once but TWICE.

Festivities hit the Bottle of Sauce first, on Friday 20th October, with the stonkingly good Heavy Beat Brass Band (who you may remember from this year's Jazz Fest) blasting out New Orleans-flavoured beats, and then the Rusty Bicycle on Friday 27th October, where Dodo favourites Hosen Brass will fill the pub with foot-stomping oompah. 

And, of course, it wouldn't be Oktoberfest without something to fill your belly... think hot dog specials, steaming pretzels and the pièce de résistance: epic quantities of beer served in (some might say inappropriately) large steins.

Better than trick or treating...

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Tuesday 31st of October: it's just your average pub quiz at the Rusty... with a pumpkin carving round! (We think it might also be Halloween or something.)

Starts 7pm – arrive early to bag a table and get your boos order in (get it??!) before the carving begins...

Retro Film Club at the Bottle of Sauce

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These days it feels like we're all constantly chasing The Next Big Thing, struggling to keep up. New TV shows to binge-watch on Netflix, new blockbuster films to spend a small fortune on seeing in the cinema, new apps to download, new social media updates to post...

Enter our new Retro Film Club at the Bottle of Sauce.

Every Sunday at 7:30pm, we'll be kicking it with a pint or two and appreciating some of the great cinema that's already out there. Every week we'll show a different cool classic film (for free!) – all you need to do is show up, sit back, and relax.

We kicked off yesterday with Golden Eye; upcoming films include Top Gun, Clerks, and The Big Lebowski, and keep an eye on the website and Insta/Twitter for details on next month's screenings.

See you Sunday...

Rusty Regulars Exhibit at the Rusty

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In celebration of the reopening of the Rusty Bicycle, we've invited one of our most regular regulars to exhibit his incredible photos around the newly refurbished pub.

You may remember local photographer Bernard Clarke's 'Rusty Regulars' series, first shown back in May during Oxfordshire Artweeks. Bernard's work really captures the spirit of the Rusty and the incredible variety of interesting people who’ve made it their local, so we're absolutely delighted to be hosting the exhibit from the 7th September – 1st October in the place it all began.

Come on down, grab a drink, and have a look around. Postcards and books will be available to purchase at the bar. And who knows, if you stay long enough you might just become part of the show...

Cheltenham Paint Festival at the Bottle of Sauce

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Attention Cheltenham: the Cheltenham Paint Festival is almost upon us! Some of the finest street artists from the UK and all over the world will be in town on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of September to paint at a number of sites across town – including the Bottle of Sauce.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to stop by the pub, grab a pint and a bite, and watch these amazing artists at work on Saturday from 10am - 4pm.

The Rusty Reopens!

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You may recall that back in August, we shut the doors of the Rusty for a couple of weeks to spruce things up.

Well, we've spruced, and our beloved little pub is open for business again. Fear not: it's the same old Rusty, but with some much-needed updates, including a shiny new Dodo-branded wood-fired pizza oven, a bigger, better bar, and more seating outside. You might also notice a few other details, like our amazing new bespoke beer taps, made from old bike parts supplied by Reg Taylor Cycles.

Check it out (or, better yet, stop by for a wood-fired pizza and a pint and admire in person!):

Pig out in the name of charity

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This year we're taking part in Macmillan's 'world's biggest coffee morning' on Friday 29th September. We'll be opening up early, at 9am, so you can pop by for a coffee and a cake (or, erm, two), all in the name of charity: we're donating 50p of every coffee and cake sold to Macmillan for their work supporting people affected by cancer.  

If ever there was a good reason to indulge on a Friday morning, this is it...

September Special: Patty Melt!

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Our September special is here! Indulge us for a moment: close your eyes and imagine that an epic grilled cheese sandwich and one of our doubletasty burgers got together and had a baby, and that baby featured a beef patty, swiss cheese, onion jam, dijon mustard, pickle, all on grilled sourdough... 

Now open your eyes, wipe that drool from the corner of your mouth, and get yourself down to your Dodo pub of choice before this special disappears from the menu!

Rickflix presents... a day of outdoor cinema for the whole neighbourhood

We're so excited to be hosting a popup street cinema opposite the Rickety Press on Cranham Terrace on Saturday the 12th August, with a day of film, food and drink for the whole neighbourhood.

We're kicking off at noon, with deck chairs, popcorn, and ice cream aplenty (plus all the usual Dodo offerings!) to keep you well-fed and comfortable throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

As for the films... we've narrowed down a shortlist of classics, from Forrest Gump to Fantastic Mr Fox, but we need your help to decide which four to screen; make sure you vote online HERE to weigh in!

See you there...

Rusty Refurb: August 2017

Our beloved Rusty Bicycle is getting a much-needed refurb. We'll be shut for ten days while a shiny new wood-fired pizza oven gets installed, the garden is overhauled, and everything gets a lick of paint and a bit of an update. But fear not: the Rusty's soul will remain intact – the pub you know and love isn't changing, it's just getting a little spruce, and we'll be back soon!

Rusty Summer Street Party 2017 (plus refurb news!)

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We threw our second ever Rusty Summer Street party on Saturday 29th July. Like last year, we closed off a section of Hurst Street, rolled up our beer truck stage, and settled in for a day of live music, beer and food.

Luckily the weather cooperated and we had glorious, hot sunshine all day.

Ha, just kidding! In classic British summer style, it chucked it down – but people just pulled out their umbrellas, zipped their jackets up, and carried on. And it was pretty wonderful. We were treated to the sweet sounds of Rusty favourites including Sian Lloyd-JonesJohnny Payne & The Thunder, Death of the Maiden,  Little MammothsLittle Brother EliJoaquim & the Smoke Machine, and Zaia. We drank a bit more beer than we should have. We ate burgers and pizzas outside, even though to be quite honest it was a bit chilly and damp. And we loved every minute of celebrating with this neighbourhood that we're lucky to be a part of.

And now we're closing our doors for ten days, while our beloved Rusty gets a much-needed refurb. In the meantime, relive the street party magic: