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.

Details:
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.

Win Oxford International Film Festival tickets!

The second edition of the Oxford International Film Festival is nearly upon us! 

The festival will take place over a three day weekend from the 5th to the 7th of May at the celebrated Phoenix Picturehouse in the heart of Jericho... just around the corner from the Rickety.

The kind folks at the festival have given us some tickets to give away, so make sure you're following the Rickety on Twitter and keep an eye out in the days leading up to the festival for your opportunity to win! 

Common People tickets + afterparty at the Rusty!

Attention Oxford: Common People tickets are now on sale at the Rusty Bicycle! Just ask at the bar to purchase yours. Common People is a grand weekend out in South Park from the creators of Bestival, with a fabulous line up this year – check it out here.

To top it all off, we're hosting an after party at the Rusty on both the Saturday AND Sunday evening. Join us for pizza and live DJs from 10pm until late late late... 

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May.

Drag yourself out of bed by noon, get 25% off brunch

We've been feeling a little guilty* lately about how many hangovers we may or may not have been responsible for over the years, so we've decided to give a little something back to those of you who are suffering the morning after the night before.

We all know the best way to beat a hangover is with brunch**... so members of our HANGOVER CLUB now get 25% off brunch before noon on Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holiday Mondays.  

How do I join this wonderful, wonderful club? we hear you ask. Well, it's simple: just enter your email address in the signup form; you'll get a confirmation email from us. Show your confirmation email at the bar to collect your card, and voila! You're in the club.

Now all you have to do is drag yourself out of bed before noon...

SIGN UP HERE!

*Not at all guilty.

**Trust us, if a bottomless Bloody Mary and a Boss Man (that's Kelmscott sausage + dry cured bacon + black pud + portobello mushroom + roast tomato + beans + hash browns + sourdough toast + eggs) doesn't sort you out, nothing will.

 

Our new spring menu is nearly here!

Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's great that the weather is warming up and it's no longer dark at 4pm every evening and there are beautiful flowers blooming everywhere, but we all know the most exciting thing about spring is our NEW MENU. 

Yep, that's right. NEW MENU!

Look out for fresh additions to our selection of burgers, pizzas, bowls and sides, from the Cobb salad (roast free range chicken, avocado, smoked bacon, gorgonzola, egg, tomato, lettuce + green goddess dressing) to our twist on the classic Hawaiian pizza, featuring San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, honey roast ham, charred pineapple, jalapeño + basil.

Check it out – available from the 11th April at all Dodo pubs:

Cheltenham Jazz Fest at the Bottle of Sauce

Every year Cheltenham plays host to one of the country's best-loved jazz festivals – including an eclectic mix of more than 90 free performances in streets, pubs, and clubs all over town.

As you know, we never miss a chance for a knees-up, especially if food, booze, and outstanding live music feature, and we're getting into the spirit of things with two major (free!) events at the Bottle of Sauce over the festival weekend...

FRIDAY 28TH APRIL: Join us for DJs, red hot live jazz and prohibition swing until the early hours! Featuring the legendary Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band at 9pm – not to be missed if you know what's good for you...

SATURDAY 29TH APRIL: Our epic NOLA House Party kicks off at 12pm, with jazz, blues and booze flowing all day and all night.

The line up includes Mr Wilson's Second Liners, Kansas Smitty's House Band, a DJ set from Cat in the Hat, plus secret pop up acts throughout the day. We'll also be serving up delicious po'boys, with a special New Orleans cocktail menu.

We can't think of a better way to spend your early May bank holiday weekend, frankly!

Entry on both days is FREE, but note that once we're at capacity it's strictly one in, one out, so make sure you arrive early.

What we're listening to this month...

SO... we were going to record a DJ set from our epic Gold Cup Blowout party in Cheltenham last month and post it here for all to hear.

However, we were having so much fun on the night that we totally forgot.

So instead, we're just going to share a set we love by Netherlands-based DJ and producer Bas Roos. This guy is Leo's absolute favourite DJ at the moment and well worth a listen.

Pop your headphones in, press play, and enjoy.

p.s. if you're a DJ and you want to play at the Bottle of Sauce, upload a set to SoundCloud and tag us on social media so we can have a listen!