Pub-flavoured gig and DJ venue where the Gloucester Arms used to be, opened Dec 2012. Promises to make "the best pizza in Oxford". Also has cinema screenings!
Opening hours: Daily, midday - midnight. Food served: Sun - Wed: noon - 9.30; Thu - Sat: noon - 10pm.
Real Ales, Food served & Live music events
Facebook Friars Entry (Gloucester Green end)
Daily, midday - midnight
Telephone: 01865 241177
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Reviews of The White Rabbit
As someone on a gluten-free diet*, pizza is one of those rarities that is often craved and seldom enjoyed. Supermarkets have, of course, attempted to create and market a substitute - but even the best are only pale imitations (quite literally - the reliance on rice flour tends to leave gluten-free food looking rather anaemic).
In this context, the White Rabbit's offering was genuinely impressive; gluten-free pizza with a thin and crispy base, that didn't look too different from the 'proper' pizza that they were serving.
Perhaps surprisingly for somewhere so close to the centre**, the White Rabbit was rather empty when we went for lunch; at one o clock, there were plenty of tables available. The clientele were mixed - almost ostentatiously so - with a young family occupying one corner, and a couple of students hemmed in by tourists with conspicuously large cameras. You might have been forgiven for thinking you'd walked into a focus-group.
The menu was, broadly speaking, Italian; a mixture of antipasti, salads, and pizza (as a side-note, the doughballs, which we didn't order, have the option of being served either savoury, with garlic butter, or sweet, with nutella (!)). All of the dishes were reasonably priced - with nothing on the menu costing more than £9.50, and most hovering around the £6 mark.
The pizzas had a generous number of topping combinations (far more extensive than the menus at the familiar pizza franchises) - and it's worth mentioning that vegetarians are very well catered for. As someone who has, for years, had to order salads when friends have suggested we go for pizza, it's quite refreshing to see salads that sound not only tasty, but filling; the "White Rabbit Salad" boasted baked goats cheese, roasted peppers, and a 'balsamic dressing' in addition to the greenery.
With a combination of friendly and speedy service (at the White Rabbit, you order over the counter, and the food arrived at our table within about 15 minutes), it's well worth a visit. If there's a gluten-free eater in your life, the best selling point is that the pizza was really, genuinely tasty.
* For medical reasons; I'm not a middle-class hypochondriac. Although, having said that, I am immensely grateful to those middle-class hypochondriacs whose discretionary income means that places like the White Rabbit now serve gluten-free pizza.
** You'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere more central; hiding away in Friars Entry, the White Rabbit sits about a minute from Gloucester Green, and about two minutes to Cornmarket.
Jack Lint (DI Reviewer), 04/11/14
Interested in the open-mike night here but irritatingly this pub has no website - just a Facebook page. Can't find out anything useful about it.
IM (Unverified), 12/08/13
Though the pub's name is evidently taken from Alice in Wonderland, it's quite refreshing for Oxford to have a modern city centre bar which doesn't market itself based on being a traditional, ye olde drinking-hole where famous Oxfordians may or may not have perhaps once drunk. The White Rabbit's simplicity, in regards to its décor, menu and atmosphere, is cool and welcoming.
Anaïs Higgins (DI Staff), 13/05/13
A friendly pub where you can usually find a seat. The bar and food prices are very reasonable indeed. The menu is short and sweet but does it well - freshly baked pizzas, tasty garlic dough balls - the soups and stew sounded good too.
Visually the pub offers a good mix of fresh, clean decor and old features, with plenty of cosy nooks and crannies.
Exactly what the centre of Oxford needs!
jo_* (Unverified), 11/01/13
The Gloucester Arms is dead: it's now The White Rabbit. It is a new music venue, has cinema showings and they are selling food again. I had a sample of the garlic bread and it tasted excellent. I'm not in a position to give a full review of the pub because I've only been there once and still adjusting to how different it is to what my favourite pub used to be. I don't mean to sound horrible, it is a nice family-run place, but you'd never believe it's the same pub.
The Dancingman (DI User), 24/12/12