Originally the Ferry Inn, the pub was later renamed the Victoria Arms and was bought by OPT from Morrell’s Brewery of Oxford in 1959 in recognition of its place in Oxford’s heritage.
At the time beer was delivered by footpath or boat. The remainder of the jetty for the foot passenger punt ferry across the River Cherwell between Old Marston and north Oxford can still be seen today.
With beer, water and supplies coming via footpath or boat the pub had closed and was derelict, without water or electricity. The Trust found a great partner with their first tenant, Fred Elkins, and soon transformed the building into a pub and tea-rooms where Oxford students would punt up from the University Parks and colleges.
In the past 60 years the pub has been transformed with sweeping riverside lawns and new tenants in the family-run brewers Wadworths of Devizes. The Victoria Arms featured in the Inspector Morse television series a number of times, including the final episode.
Now affectionately known as the Vicky Arms, it is a perfect spot for a drink and meal, whether you walk, drive or come by river on a punt in the summer.