The Chariots of Fire, Mill Road
Pub: Free House
- In limbo since March 2002, due to repeated vandalism, and de-licenced
in June. Little more than a burned-out shell.
- Usually stocks two real ales
(e.g. on a visit in November 2000, Milton "The Fire" and a seasonal from Everards).
- The staff are happy to remove sparkers and sometimes ask before pouring ("with or without a head?").
- The trial offer of £1.50/pint seems to be over, sadly!
- The place is "youth-oriented" but still friendly to all-comers.
- Closed as the Durham Ox on 7th October 2000
and sold to the owner of the adjacent Varsity House, who initially intended to convert it to a cybercafe.
After a quick refurb, it reopened at the end of the month as Chariots of Fire, with a small bar operating.
- The Durham Ox at is was:
- After years of only having Whitbread beers, in 1999 had Everards and Ridleys as guest beers
- A small, friendly, underrated locals' boozer
- Pinball machine & ancient Christmas tree
- Was nearly sold as part of the redevelopment of the area for student housing c1996 but planning permission wasn't obtained
- Sold off by Whitbread to the landlord years ago - in 1999 Neville celebrated his 30th anniversary there
(not all of that time as owner)
- No Frills Drill Still in Mill Road
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