Oxford Restaurants and Cafés
Community-owned pub offering locally-sourced seasonal food and drink, real ales and a specialist gin menu. A great place for a warming drink after a bracing walk on Otmoor.
2 Hayfield Road
Recently refurbished by the folks who run The Duke of Cambridge and The House.
Good house burgers, and nice lager. Ale apparently also well kept (my co-consumer informs me). Nice location and a lovely place... read more
30 St Clements
Characterful Youngs pub with street-front beer garden, coal fires, various games and decent grub. Toilets upstairs, hence not wheelchair-friendly. Has Wi-Fi.
The Angel & Greyhound is one of two Young's Brewery pubs in Oxfordshire; the other is The King's Arms. This... read more
17A Beaumont Road
We paid a visit last Saturday on my birthday and I have to say the food was really good, as was the service. Really recommend... read more
28 High Street
Excellent Sunday roasts (this weekend it was pork or beef), and many meaty mains. The lamb shank looked like about a quarter of... read more
7 George Street
Zeitgeist-seizing craft beer and pizza bar, formerly The Grapes Victorian boozer.
Let's face it, The Grapes was probably due a few quid spent on it. It was a bit grubby, with a fairly stubborn odour, and... read more
11 Oxford Road
Gastropub and 9-bedroom hotel, handy for the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace and Oxford Airport.
Visited mid-week for a meal for two and received a warm welcome. The food was high quality and the portion sizes were just... read more
91 Old High St
Large, popular pub with gorgeous rear garden. Opened in gastropub incarnation in 2008 (by Chris and Abi, Raymond Blanc-trained and formerly of The High Table on the High Street). Live music and events (see website). Click here for a complete history of the pub. And check out their Christmas Day menu!
Visited for Sunday Lunch on a beautiful sunny day. There were 4 adults and one baby - I called ahead to book and check if they... read more
Family-run pub with accommodation in central Thame, specialising in gluten-free food (extensive and exciting menu which lists ingredients, knowledgable staff, guests are even welcome to see the kitchen to admire the lack of cross-contamination!). Also offer accommodation, and have live music on Saturdays. Plus Sunday roasts, specials board, senior citizens' meal deals and kids eat free (t&c's apply). They even stock gluten-free beer! And if you stay there you might meet the resident ghost.
London Road, Wheatley
Kids, garden and expansive menu of cheap grub. Vegetarian and vegan choices clearly marked on the menu (no mention of gluten-free on main menu though there may be a separate one).
1 Lime Walk
Traditional pub. Mon - Fri set menu: two courses for £6.50 lunch and £8.50 dinner
I had a delicious meal yesterday early evening in The Britannia. Alex behind the bar was lovely and friendly, and the blonde woman... read more
1 Iffley Road
Upmarket but relaxed pub with decent food and a hire-able upstairs (with staffed bar).
I have to confess I was a little suspicious of the new management of the Cape- solely because they call us “Dialy Info” on... read more
17A Beaumont Road
Pleasant Headington Quarry pub with a large back garden. Serves Indian and Bangladeshi food.
Have recently visited The Chequers Inn as heard it was now under new management. As a local I used to enjoy visiting but over... read more
Punt Station: 01865 515978. Earlyish closing in the restaurant: once you're there, the kitchen will stay open for you, but you do need to get there by about 8.45pm. It's as well to book.
We came here to punt on a Wednesday afternoon at around 5pm. I definitely believe it is the best place to punt. The scenery is... read more
59a Cornmarket Street
Properly historic pub, popular site for plotting and intrigues since Shakespeare's wife dallied with the landlord. Now a gastropub (Jan 2011).
I went to The Crown for a family Sunday lunch and it was an all-round lovely experience. Even though it is so central, it is... read more
Situated in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, 15 minutes from the centre of Oxford. Excellent access to both Redbridge and Seacourt Park & Ride. Available for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, meetings and corporate functions. Part of Greene King's 'Old English Inns' group.
Have visited The Dog House Frilford Heath twice recently for lunch with a group of friends and both times enjoyed really good... read more
Slightly surprising combination of beautiful country pub, Carvery and full lavish Indian & Bangladeshi menu. Watch the sunset on the patio with a cold pint or a shisha pipe, as you wish. Additional cuisines available on different days: Sunday carvery, Monday burgers, Tuesday pie night, Wednesday fish and chips, Thu & Fri steaks. Plus tapas and full Indian menu available all the time. 10% off food for RAF personnel.
260 Abingdon Road
Saturday live music, garden at front with benches. Sky Sports and ESPN.
Would thouroughly recommend a visit. Extremely good value food and drink. The staff are efficient and incredibly friendly. We... read more
49 St Giles
This long, narrow pub is where Tolkien, C.S Lewis and other Inklings used to drink for 30 years or so. You will occasionally hear it referred to as the Bird and Baby. There has been a pub on this site since 1650. Small conservatory at rear is available for private functions (though avoid the undersides of the tables, or you will discover what 360 years of sticky beer residue does to your trousers).
Ate here in December. Best service we've encountered. Young staff, knowledgeable, personable and efficient. Beer was good... read more
16-20 Market Street
158 Cowley Road
Coffee lounge which transforms into a pan-Asian buffet (self-service, eat-as-much-as-you-like for a set fee) for lunch and dinner. Free wifi.
On Friday 19th it was my daughter's birthday so we went out for lunch with her. As soon as we got in the door, we had a lovely... read more
North Hinksey Village
Large, busy gastropubstaurant in semi-rural location. Outdoor seating on terrace and amongst pine trees; picnic hampers available in summer. Salsa evenings and other events (see website).
We came to The Fishes to celebrate my birthday last Monday. It was a hot day, and the terrace was full, but otherwise the restaurant... read more
11 Church Street
Ssshhhh... The Fleece is a hidden gem! Fantastic food, superb selection of wines, excellent coffee and, even better, the service... read more
13 Shirburn Street
Charming riverside pub serving, among other things, draught Perry - a locally-brewed pear cider. Also draught apple cider. Presents Foxstock folk festival over the August Bank Holiday.
Without quite reaching the heights (or depths) of the gastro prefix, this comfortable pub puts some serious dedication into its... read more
Lovely country pub 4 miles south west of the city. Sunday roasts, good disabled access, unusual terraced garden.
The service was mixed - a couple of members being really polite, but also a couple being uncommunicative or acting as if we were... read more
Lovely country pub 4 miles south west of the city. Sunday roasts, good disabled access, unusual terraced garden. Private dining area available for up to 12. Dog-friendly. Part of the Heroic Pubs chain from September 2017. Exceptionally well-labelled menu showing gluten-free and dairy-free options.
39 Plantation Road
One of Daily Info's favourite pubs (used to be our local before we moved). Cosy and friendly, with lovely vegetarian food and nice barpeople. The pub is so nice, and the food so good, that even non-vegetarians are moved to seek it out. The pub quiz (Sundays) includes the tie-break: draw a cartoon of the landlord and his dog.
Tucked away in the depths of Jericho, this vegetarian's haven boasts an impressive menu of veggie burgers, hotdogs, salads... read more
8 North Parade
Nice place. Truly huge sandwiches. Do have a look at the menus, which are most entertaining.
These people have a secret beer - called the Gardener's Arms - and it is the best of the best. This is a reason to go there and... read more
Only pub in lovely tiny village accessible via the 'Devil's Backbone' footpath over the lake at Hinksey Park, Abingdon Rd. Hosts a monthly quiz on Tuesday nights, Saturday steak specials and regular Friday night jazz. Also has guest rooms.
Went to the General Elliot yesterday for the Beer and Cider Festival - lovely pub to spend the afternoon in and not too far from... read more
5 Sandford Road
Seems to be very popular, good food.
35 New Inn Hall Street
A lively coffee, craft beer, cocktail & canteen bar.
Bright but cosy, lively but low-key, George Street Social is an intimate venue with good food and a nice atmosphere. Downstairs... read more
2 College Lane
Greene King pub, one of two in Littlemore. Outdoor Aunt Sally pitch, and excellent climbing-frame fort in nice little garden. Good homecooked food which is remarkably reasonably priced, and altogether a nice spot for a pint.
Popular outdoor summer venue (right on the river, heatlamps available), much frequented by students. Warning: may get busy around times of rowing events!! Has 12 hotel rooms if you don't feel up to staggering home. Guide dogs only.
Have just spent two nights here and the setting is ideal for walking to the centre of Oxford. However the rooms were £130 per... read more
200 Abingdon Road
Café, bar and restaurant serving fresh food off a weekly menu.
The Towing Path
Riverside pub with large beer garden next to the River Thames, just over a mile south of Oxford City Centre. Homemade cakes and cream teas, local beers, limited home-made hot meals (check our opening hours). Converted Barn overlooking Iffley Meadows available for hire. Cards now accepted subject to a minimum £10 spend. Customers can also set up a card tab.
Forget all the old bad reviews. The Isis Farmhouse has now got new owners who are superb and friendly. It is now the best riverside... read more
130 Godstow Road
Formerly the Red Lion, this is a new all day dining pub, delicatessen and bistro concoction brought to you by the talented minds behind Jacobs & Field. Open July 2013.
Who is Jacob? He seems to be taking over the Oxford food scene. Between Jacobs and Field (the café in Headington), Jacobs... read more
54 Walton Street
Once Oxford's only theatre pub. Now a medium-sized, average pub with outdoor seating in a suntrap courtyard. Sunday roasts.
Nestled amongst the wine cafés, independent bookstores and art house cinemas of Jericho lies Jude the Obscure, a more down-to... read more
17th Century inn, offering food and drink, open fires and ensuite rooms.
Sandford on Thames
Large pub at Sandford lock. Big patio seating area with picturesque views and a children's play area.
This was our second visit, but the first try of the menu. We very pleased with the service and the quality of the food. Food prices... read more
117 Bicester Road, Gosford, Kidlington
Sort of the same as the one in Wheatley.
40 Holywell Street
Spacious, busy venue serving a good range of real ales, catering mainly for the Oxford student market. Multi-level, small separate bars (one coffee area). Some comfy sofas; walls adorned with photos of the pub's favourite visitors and other interesting paraphernalia. Unintentional eavesdropping on study-related conversation is inevitable.
The staff are very unfriendly. Food, ale selection and atmosphere are great, but the staff need to cheer up and learn about good... read more
243 Iffley Road
The management describe their aim as "Just good food and good drink". See the Guardian's favourable review of March 2010 here. NO CUSTOMER PARKING. Wheelchair lift behind building. Takeaway cake and coffee. Open for coffee and toasties in the mornings.
I'm a huge fan of the Magdalen Arms, both for its relaxed, scrubbed-wooden ambiance and for its hearty-but-interesting line in... read more
40 Marsh Road
Cosy, village pub-like pub with free fast WiFi, large garden, quizzes every Sunday and tasty beers.
Slightly off the beaten track down Marsh Road, the Marsh Harrier isn’t necessarily the first Oxford pub that springs to my... read more
It is a very nice and ambient venue. I have eaten here once. I had the wild boar sausages with bubble and squeak and it was... read more
37 George Street
Somewhat cheesy & generic Irish-themed pub/bar. Pub grub served. Live music - every Friday there's a band and every Saturday a solo artist.
Pretty good burger fare and chips, for half the price of the other 'gourmet' burger joint on this street. Honest, no difference... read more
101 St Aldate's
Smallish, central pub serving fresh Thai and British food. Student meal deals.
I come back to the Old Tom again and again for the excellent Thai food. The menu offers a good selection, everything is tasty... read more
215 Banbury Road,
Serving breakfasts, light lunches and a la carte dining, with a fully licensed bar. British food, sourced locally. Extremely high quality fine dining style food, including tasting menu with wine pairings. Beware - the website plays music at you!
This is an exceptional restaurant. You might not guess that from the modestly priced menu and the pleasant but unpretentious decor... read more
Popular thatch-roofed 17th-century riverside pub and restaurant accessible from Port Meadow as well as by road from west Oxford; very popular in summer. Serving British pub food. While you're in Binsey, why not visit the original treacle well in Binsey churchyard? Outside bar in summer.
Miraculously this was my first time coming to The Perch, drawn out to Binsey by the Irregular Folk Summer Sessions Weekender... read more
25-27 George St
Craft ales, British beer, meat cooked over charcoal and fab bar snacks.
The tagline ‘Meat. Bread. Beer.’ plus the avid promotion of hot scotch eggs almost put me off visiting Pint Shop as I was... read more
Greene King. Traditional friendly village pub. Buzzing even on a Wednesday lunchtime. Looks out onto Wolvercote Green, the canal and Port Meadow beyond. Heated covered outdoor area for smoking or just braving the wintery elements. Serves standard Greene King ales with regular guests, imported lagers being Staropramen and Becks Vier.
Thank you to The Plough for making my gran's 99th birthday one to remember! There were 18 of us for a lunchtime meal and they... read more
68-69 Mill Street
Smart steak and ale pub, with meat smoked over charcoal, with seven ensuite rooms above. Within easy walking distance of the train station.
Eye-wateringly expensive steak restaurant (steaks start at £25 and go up to £90...).... read more
26 Market Place,
73 Church Way
Traditional Wadworth real ale pub with Casque Marque-awarded licensee and home-cooked food. Loads of other regular community-related fun events - see our Pub Events section for details.
Oh dear our village pub has been given a makeover, resulting in an atmosphere that has all the charm of the household section... read more
40-42 Oxford Road
Greene King / Morlands pub. Recently renovated beer garden with outside bar for major events. Tea and coffee served all day. Sunday roast, including the option of gluten-free gravy and yorkshire puds.
Excellent pub, the food is always served within reasonable time, well presented and tastes great. The roast on a Sunday is... read more
67 Cranham Street
The people who brought you The Rusty Bicycle have revamped the former Radcliffe Arms. Great food (they've got a Michelin Bib Gourmand don't cha know!) and a cosy atmosphere.
Grown up sibling of Magdalen Road’s Rusty Bicycle, The Rickety Press has been a firm favourite of Jericho residents for five... read more
14 North Parade Avenue
Pleasant, old-fashioned venue with good food at reasonable prices (hence lots of business lunchers to be spotted). Lots of interior nooks and crannies supplemented by a heated & covered all-year-round courtyard, popular (and leafy, Mediterranean-feeling, and uncovered) in summer. The 'cottage' at the end of the garden is available for hire for meetings etc.
In long-standing landlord Andrew's own words, "the R&C is as renowned for what it does have, as it is for what it doesn't - no games machines, no music machines and no televisual aids!". Up until a few years ago, mobile phones were barred from the premises and it was strictly cash only at the bar, although times do change, and the R&C now has free wi-fi and accepts card payments.
The landlord is as welcoming as ever, and this is definitely a traditional pub with a traditional landlord - one of the most traditional you will possibly find, in fact. They serve pub food including pies and Sunday roasts - it's a pub that serves food, not a gastropub.
You can even take a walk through the pub on Google Street View!
This place is an Oxford classic in the most expensive part of Oxford (for those worried about prices). I've never had a duff... read more
78 London Road
Busy London Road pub. Holds live music nights every Saturday.
Shame that this time last year (2007) there was some great live music but recently the music has gone downhill when it is on.... read more
28 Magdalen Road
Smallish pub with charm, refurbished & reinvented in 2009. Sandwiches served all day. The bicycle hanging up outside is disappointingly free of rust, but perhaps this is the landlord's declaration that he intends the pub to be around for a while. Delivery available through Deliveroo.
The Rusty Bicycle sits in pride of place on the corner of the best two streets in Oxford (Magdalen and Hurst). It holds claim... read more
70 Mill St
Woodburning stove and 2 real ales: Young's Best Bitter and Adnams Broadside. Will do cocktails and shots on request. Dogs are very welcome - must be kept on a lead. Children welcome (should be kept on a lead). Big garden with massive children's play area.
We stayed in a B+B up the road, and so we tried this pub for food the Friday evening. It was so good we returned again... read more
1 Oxford Castle
Replacing The Living Room in May 2014, The Oxford Slug & Lettuce is one of 70 that the chain runs throughout the country.
They serve a large and varied food menu with daily promotions, along with draught and bottled lagers, wines, cocktails and more.
We went there Sunday lunchtime, and found it pretty empty. We were pleased to find the children's menu was only £1, which was... read more
108 St Aldate's
Open again Autumn 2012! Small, partly covered external courtyard at rear. Their Blue Room is available for venue hire.
A group of 10 of us went early on Monday. This is the first time I had been in for several years and the decor has completely... read more
5 Church Road
Pub with south-facing garden and lovely food, from the people behind On The Hoof sandwich shop on North Parade. Expect lots of homemade cakes.
Owned by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (Deborah Mitford) and situated in picturesque Cotswold village. Locally sourced real ales, cider and food. Sister venue to King's Head Inn, Bledington. Oxford 18 miles.
Nestling in a perfectly lovely location complete with cricket pitch and babbling brook and benefiting from sympathetic renovation... read more
Excellent restaurant and gastropub just outside Didcot run by French chefs. Booking by phone ONLY.
Very disappointed, after much anticipation and recommendation we joined friends for a birthday celebration. Crab salad starter... read more
Stanton St John
We had our wedding reception at the Talkhouse. Of all the venues we considered, the Talkhouse was the only one that had no extra... read more
Stanton St. John
Thatched rural pub in picturesque Stanton St. John, just beyond Headington. Also has a number of bedrooms available.
193 Kennington Road
Family-friendly pub, part of the Hungry Horse chain. Not far from the Thames footpath and may serve as a convenient watering hole for walkers.
Cosy canal-side pub which appears in several Inspector Morse episodes.
13 Shirburn Street
The Fox & Goat
Friendly pub serving local beers and fresh locally produced pub grub.
The Fox and Goat has the appearance of a quintessential English country pub. While there’s a decent range of Oxfordshire ales... read more
7 George Street
The Grapes is a traditional pub that has been the purveyor of good times for over 100 years.
Pub, restaurant and B&B. Focuses on seasonal produce, fresh Dorset fish and real ales.
3A St Michaels' Street
Interesting split-level pub with an older clientele than the local student crowd. Its most interesting feature is its beer from a Yorkshire micro-brewery. Also seem to do nice food. Menu is clearly marked for vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Good pub. Cheap, interesting variety of beers. Focus is not on food - go here for a few drinks pre- or post- dinner.... read more
16 The Green
Sunday carvery and large beer garden. 'Modern British cuisine' featuring local produce, fresh fish & veggie options, all cooked to order. Gluten free options / food intolerances / allergies all catered for. Large groups catered for; pre-ordering service available to businesses at lunch.
Events such as quiz nights, live music, race nights etc held at fairly regular intervals and advertised outside the pub and on the Three Horseshoes facebook group.
Had lunch there today. Excellent food, reasonable prices, and friendly welcome.... read more
63 Church Way
The conference room seats 30 people. The day delegate rate is £28 per person, and includes tea / coffee, biscuits, choice of menu for lunch, room hire, OHP screens, flipcharts, pens, pads and bottled water. Ensuite rooms and restaurant are also available for hire, as well as ample parking facilities.
Family-owned hotel with 9 rooms. Oxford centre 2 miles.
Just came back from lunch at the Tree Hotel in Iffley... absolutely delicious! The chicken tikka masala was to die for, as... read more
195 Godstow Road
Rambling riverside pub in the attractive village of Wolvercote, an hour's walk across Port Meadow (or a 10-minute drive from Oxford centre, up Woodstock Road and turn left). Peacocks, extensive outdoor seating, pretty bridge joining terrace to a private garden on the other side of the river. VERY popular in summer, especially with students taking visiting parents. Reopened March 07 after refurb.
I recently visited the Trout Inn at 17.30 for an early evening drink and a meal to celebrate with my wife. I found some... read more
4-5 Bath Place
Old pub with two busy bars and 3 outdoor courtyards (with braziers in winter). Once numbered among Dylan Thomas' Oxford haunts. Real ales and friendly staff.
The Turf hasn't been reviewed for a long time. Admittedly it's a tourist trap, but nonetheless: I went in, for lunch... read more
Old riverside pub in rural location, popular as a halt for walkers and people in boats and punts. Big garden rolling down to riverbank. Quizzes and occasional live music (including folk sessions).
Visited the Vicky for the second time today, great food which we ordered from the specials board and fantastic recommendations... read more
90 Walton Street
Self described "Anti-gastropub". Beautifully refurbished in Feb 2008. Heated terrace with umbrellas at front.
This cosy little pub, right down the end of Walton Street, is just the sort of place that Jericho needs to keep hold of as everything... read more
11 Abingdon Road
Picturesque Cumnor pub with an enormous garden.
12 St Andrew’s Road
Old, rambling traditional pub with an impressive range of free-range pies. Often frequented by medics from the nearby hospitals, yet retaining very 'local' feel.
Not been for a while and hardly ever before during the warmer months but had a great time here recently. Had an excellent burger... read more
One of the many elements to love about Oxford is the circle of lovely villages that surround the city. And within each of these... read more
126 Godstow Rd
Community-owned Free House which has a good range of well kept local ales. Regular live music events and sessions including the Oxford Jazz Kitchen Jazz Jam. BT sports as well as Pool, Darts and Aunt Sally. It hosts the local Farmers Market every Sunday Morning. Food served from 10am - 9pm on Sundays.
Beautiful place, a nice beer garden, a conservatory when it's cold, good beer, superb front-of-house staff and grossly let down... read more
52 Broad Street
Tiny, popular, characterful pub in the heart of town. Mulled wine at Christmas.
This is what I call a real pub. Some of the best real ale in the county with friendly staff. The food is very good and excellent... read more
Pretty rural pub serving Thai food.
Friars Entry (Gloucester Green end)
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!
Delivery available through Deliveroo.
As someone on a gluten-free diet*, pizza is one of those rarities that is often craved and seldom enjoyed. Supermarkets have... read more