The White House on Abingdon Road, Oxford

Nestled in the middle of a beautiful neighbourhood, just a few feet away from the historic Oxford city center, is this lovely pub. 

The White House pub has a unique history and its story dates back to the 1538, when Oxford University’s Brasenose College had acquired it.

However, the pub believe it or not was originally a farm and was owned by Abingdon Abbey until the dissolution of the monasteries. 

The first pub was recorded on the site in 1798 and probably had a different name then! The present pub however, which dates from the 1890’s was built to designs by Henry Thomas Hare, who also designed Oxford Town Hall. How amazing is that?! 

If you stop by at the pub and want to know more about its amazing history, you might be ever so lucky to speak to one of its regular patrons Phil Doubtfire, who used to manage the pub some years back. After painstakingly tracing the site back to its roots, Phil decided to give the historic pub, which was known as the Folly Bridge Inn from 1980, it’s original name – The White House. 

Today the pub thrives with interesting and colourful occupants and managers Ali and Drew. 

The White House pub is a wholesome family pub with plenty of interesting activities including an exciting quiz night, live bands, function rooms for rent and more. The pub is also a child and pet friendly environment.

For those coming from afar, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts located close to our pub. White House View Guest House is the closest one, located on White House road. On Abingdon road itself, you can find Sportsview, Newton House, Green Gables and more.

For more history about The White House Pub and other pubs alike, visit: South Oxford Community Centre Pub History Guide