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Food and restaurants in Oxford

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Pub
“Check out the flea market outside the Magdalen Arms pub on Iffley Road - it takes place on the first Saturday of each month (except some winter months) from 9.30am until lunchtime. There are interesting objects for sale and details can be found on the pub website. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“A friendly smile, beautifully hand made food, and delicious cocktails are waiting for you at Oxford’s best tapas bar. So come on in, sit back, and soak up the atmosphere. We will be here waiting to make you a drink.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Thai restaurant with a small daily changing menu. Highly rated, and tends to be booked up several months in advance. But there are rumours of a couple of unreservable tables, so patrons turning up early on the night they wish to dine may be lucky.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Cafe
“Situated on the cosmopolitan Cowley Road along with a vast array of restaurants of all cuisines, something for everyone. Short walk from bus stop at St Clements. Lively nights and busy days. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pub
“The Turf Tavern (or just "the Turf") is a popular but well-hidden historic pub in central Oxford, England. Its foundations and use as a malt house and drinking tavern date back to 1381. The low-beamed front bar area was put in place sometime in the 17th century. It was originally called the Spotted Cow but the name was changed in 1842, likely as part of an effort to extinguish its reputation as a venue for illegal gambling activities. The pub is frequented primarily by university students (of both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University). It is located at the end of a narrow winding alley, St Helens Passage (originally Hell's passage), between Holywell Street and New College Lane, near the Bridge of Sighs. Running along one side of the pub is one of the remaining sections of the old city wall. Due to the illegal activities of many of its original patrons, the Turf sprang up in an area just outside the city wall in order to escape the jurisdiction of the governing bodies of the local colleges. The Turf Tavern is also where former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a Guinness World Record for consuming a yard glass of ale in 11 seconds in 1963. Local legend also has it that former U.S. president Bill Clinton, while attending Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, infamously "did not inhale" during an evening of carousing at the pub. Additional celebrities and public figures who have dined or drunk at the tavern include Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Blair, CS Lewis, Stephen Hawking and Margaret Thatcher. It also served as a hangout for the cast and crew of the Harry Potter movies while the nearby colleges were used as locations throughout the filming of the series. It was also featured in the show Inspector Morse. The pub inspired The Lamb and Flag, a fictional drinking establishment featured in Jude the Obscure, author Thomas Hardy's final novel. It is also reportedly haunted by "Old Rosie," the ghost of a young woman who allegedly drowned herself in a nearby moat after her lover failed to return from the English Civil War. The Turf is still a frequent gathering place for the Rhodes community in Oxford as the site of Turf Tuesday every week during term.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Take a walk over Port Meadow towards Oxford from Godstow. Half-way to Oxford you will come across a countryside restaurant with a beautiful beer garden. A must visit! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tourist favourite for reasonable price / quality food. Beautiful location positioned by the river”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gee’s Restaurant offers locals and visitors a uniquely rustic, Mediterranean dining experience set in an iconic Victorian Glasshouse…Enjoy a house cocktail at the marble topped bar, dine in the light-filled conservatory amidst olive trees and plants, choose from a daily evolving seasonal menu inspired by the regional dishes of Spain and Italy, cooked on the wood fire oven and charcoal grill…”
  • 20 locals recommend

Cafes

Cafe
“Situated on the cosmopolitan Cowley Road along with a vast array of restaurants of all cuisines, something for everyone. Short walk from bus stop at St Clements. Lively nights and busy days. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Cafe
“I like this little museum, it has a nice cafe and if you find tricky to understand modern art look at their website what's on page and join one off their talks or tours. I find they really interesting”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cafe
“Laid-back cafe/bar with leather sofas and terrace garden, plus a blackboard menu and cocktails.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Store
“This is a drive away but on route to the M40 London bound. Located in headington, this serves an excellent brunch with locally sourced ingredients. its sister pub (also serving brunch) is located in Wolvercote - a 15/20 min drive in the other direction.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cafe
“A super friendly, laid back vegan and vegetarian cafe serving delicious breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices for great sized portions. Take away options available. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“where cinema becomes a memorable experience for a broad range of people.....atmosphere, comfort, location and, for those who like a drink, the bar.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The Folly restaurant occupies a unique riverside position in the heart of Oxford, a stones throw from the Westgate centre but beside the beauty of the River Thames. Our restaurant provides simply served, excellently cooked dishes crafted from the freshest seasonal ingredients. The restaurant's terrace floats on the waters of the River Thames as she runs gently under Folly Bridge. Inside we give a warm welcome throughout the year and offer relaxed drinks and dining from Sunday lunch to Saturday cocktails and everything in between.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“Good place for scones, cream and jam. Also does nice simple lunch. Sometimes large groups of tourists arrive and take ALL the tables. Beware.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“Its friendly, with locally sourced food and a lovely conservatory out back. Great place to meet and/or chill”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bakery
“Really local independent bakery which specialises in wellness and health. Delicious baked goods and excellent breads. Try the turmeric milk.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
“Amazing french bread in a little bakery owned by a passionate and dedicated baker.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great coffee and even better bakery, go here for cakes, fresh bread, quiches, scones and other treats”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Hamblin Bread is a brilliant (if pricey) bakery. It also does really good pizzas, and super-expensive but brilliant cheese. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
“Lovely for lunch, just a few meters off the beaten track - but enough to keep it tranquil ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
“This is one of my favourite spots to grab a coffee and pastry. Everything is delicious and the decor is very Skandi! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
“Large selection of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and drinks at a very good value”
  • 2 locals recommend
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