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Formerly a much-loved traditional greasy-spoon cafe - now under new management, and sporting a wide selection of local and home-made produce - including their very own home-cured bacon! They serve 'Earthy breakfasts, brunches, light lunches, snacks and afternoon teas home-made every day between dawn and dusk'.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-3.30/4pm, Sun 9am-3.30pm. Wheelchair friendly.
52 St Giles
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Now under new management, St. Giles Cafe has re-invented itself, the reviews below apply to its previous incarnation.
Daily Info Staff (DI Staff), 17/06/13
Ah, how I love the St. Gile's Cafe.
No sycophantic fawning here, just plain and simple, order what you want, pay, eat. Enjoy the down to earth realism that is the finest bastion of actuality amongst the corporate coffee shops and panini-pushing lifestyle eateries that propagate like fruit flies on the wilting banana that is our city centre.
Long may it continue.
Mine's a tea and toast.
Blunderbus (Unverified), 06/08/12
I found this cafe to have the most unfriendly, arrogant approach to customers in Oxford. No service, no interest, no communication. To be avoided.
Food Critic (Unverified), 02/08/12
Blimey! No one has mentioned the chips....
Egg, bacon and chips in this place can transport the innocent to a different metaphysical state. A true wonder of high English cuisine. A special place that needs to be kept secret and special.
It closed about a year ago and some of us laid flowers at the door believing that it had closed for good. But no! It reopend. Same off-brown decor, same nouveau-sullen staff, same vile ketchup dispensers (remove the lids before using). It was like a miracle.
No throw-back to the 70's or 60's this - SGC has the true feel of an earlier, forgotten time, of "women hunched over cups of tea in endless ABCs". An Oxford gem.
Pulax (DI User), 14/02/12
Finally visited this clean & historic cafe in St Giles, central Oxford on the first day of half term which I had been meaning to for some time having grown up in Oxfordshire & been vaguely aware that Oxford-linked luminaries such as CS Lewis, Tolkien, Auden & definitely late religious poet Elizabeth Jennings had all dined here as well as (except maybe for the latter) drinking in the next-door pub the Eagle & Child.
Restricted finances meant I could only afford a hot chocolate; however was very reasonably priced @ £1.70 & had a friendly atmosphere with young families visiting. The black & white pictures which I imagine have been on the walls for a couple of decades add to its authentic feel. It seems to be ongoingly popular with local workers seven days a week & I hope to revisit it presently - if finances permit may even eat something there. To me the history associated with the cafe & its ongoing popularity added to its appeal.
mishmash36 (DI User), 14/02/12
I had a perfectly adequate bacon sandwich and coffee here last week. The ketchup was cheap and nasty, the bread white and smothered with margarine, the waitress unsmiling. An archetypal English cafe experience wholly recommended to locals and visitors alike. No, REALLY: enjoy it before it turns into S*****cks.
HB (Unverified), 27/02/11
Heaping plates of yummy, greasy food; good prices. Escape from the posh-crap places.
martin (Unverified), 27/10/09
I went in there on Friday morning and it was very appetising and the staff were very friendly. I haven't been there before and I will definitely be going back.
Sarah (Unverified), 25/05/08
Recent refit hasn't improved their friendliness. We had breakfast on a Saturday morning. We were just finishing our coffees when the chef asked us to leave. He said that they were busy, but there wasn't a queue. We hadn't been dallying. We weren't slow. I won't be going back.
will (Unverified), 04/11/07
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