The Marx Brothers enjoyed a Day at the Races, and I propose we try an afternoon at The Fishes, one of Oxford's most popular gastro-pubs, and perhaps more crucially, an establishment blessed with a garden large enough to banish memories of stuffy old pub back rooms.
We're planning this one quite a bit in advance, in the hope that the weather may be kinder to us than at present, and I've suggested an afternoon meet as I'm reluctant to splash out on pricey pub grub (I also wasn't overly impressed with the establishment's 'picnic hamper' last time,) but obviously, those who fancy a mid-day chow are welcome to come earlier, or simply order food when they arrive (meals are served all day).
It's a lovely setting, with plenty of shade for the fairer-skinned and the opportunity to unfold a rug or two if we all want to arrange ourselves, bedouin-style, around a central eating area. If people decide to sit at separate tables, maybe work up some 'tag' system, whereby if you've had enough of one group after a while, you go and present yourself to another, and ask for volunteers to swap? Or you could go head off and start your own 'I don't like anyone' table, and see if anyone's feeling equally anti-social. Might be an interesting paradox. We aim to meet all requirements.
Should there be a better than even chance of rain, everyone can throw their hat into the ring and offer alternative suggestions, including just staying inside the pub. Let's keep the walkie-talkie channels open.
Pub website: http://www.fishesoxford.co.uk/
Pub location: http://www.fishesoxford.co.uk/find-our-north-hinksey-restaurant/
Pub menu: http://www.fishesoxford.co.uk/gastro-pub/