For the uninitiated, the Alternative Tuck Shop is hidden away on Holywell Street almost opposite New College. The shop is small, so probably only suitable for grabbing a bite while on the go, but don't let that put you off. The menu is packed with lots of options to choose from, with tasty-looking sweet treats and a varied drinks selection to tempt you. I opted for the chicken satay ciabatta while my companion went for his usual – the avocado and melted cheese ciabatta. Despite there being quite a few people in the queue ahead of us, service was quick and friendly, and both our lunch orders, plus a Ribena, came to £7.75, which isn't to be sniffed at, especially considering the generous portion size. My chicken satay was very satisfying: crunchy nuts (including a whole almond!), a spicy sauce and bite-size chunks of chicken alongside a simple refreshing salad, all held together in a soft ciabatta roll made for a delicious meal. The thoughtful touch of wrapping the sandwich in cling film before placing it in the paper bag kept me stain free and the sandwich fresh. My companion described his ciabatta as pleasant, the creamy avocado worked well with the tangy melted cheese and the lemony dressing on the salad finished off his sandwich perfectly. Overall, two happy and well-fed customers. Alternative Tuck Shop, I'll be back to sample more of your delicious filling combinations very soon.
I love ATS. The best sandwiches in Oxford by a country mile, and fantastic service. I go once or twice a week and have done for over a year. Try the chicken satay on olive, or the chicken tikka and mango chutney panini. You won't be disappointed.
Cannot overstate how much I love this place. The staff are always extremely friendly and nice, and the food is cheap considering how good it is.