On 2 Jun 2015 23:52, "Richard Farmbrough" <richard(a)farmbrough.co.uk>
The big advantages of cafes and pubs is that people
can come and go, can
order food and drink if they wish, and don't look odd if the numbers are
small or large.
The only cafe I know in Oxford is Greens which is next
to the Bird and
Baby in St Giles, is nice, if pricey, but has accessibility issues.
I think in the specific case of Oxford (and probably more generally) I am
pretty confident it would be possible to find a nice café (although not all
will have wheelchair access). Off the top of my head, the Turl Street
Kitchen is nice (if a bit trendy) and G&D's (St Aldates) would give the
meetup a different vibe. Participants would be under a bit more pressure to
order *something* (Wetherspoons being very lax about this) but in those two
cases I've never had trouble.
Possibly university, community, religious or GLAM
space might be used
especially if an additional event was involved, but we would be very lucky
to get such a venue on a recurring basis.
Certainly in Oxford it is generally pretty easy for a student to book a
room at her/his own college, and many are without cost, although they tend
to be more lecture theatres in setup than cafés!
Harry Burt (User:Jarry1250)