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Food and drink in Oxford: things to know before you go

Struggling to choose your favourite cuisine or looking for something new and delicious? We’ve answered all of the most common questions on food and drink in Oxford.

Where are the best restaurants in Oxford?

Whether you’re having a family get together, celebrating a special occasion or catching up with friends, Oxford is brimming with restaurants and bars to suit every taste.

With its sense of splendour and heaps of history, Oxford’s best venues are regular chart-toppers in the culinary stakes. the following restaurants have been featured countless times in Oxford’s leading food and drink guides:

  • 1855 is the ideal venue for after work food and drink in Oxford. With a selection of wines, craft beers and smooth ciders to choose from, you can relax while nibbling on some snacks.
  • Fine dining doesn’t get finer than the Malmaison Hotel, which serves up exquisite British cuisine for those special occasions.
  • If you’re on a budget but don’t want to miss out on the fun, Pizza Express offers fine Italian food at great prices.

Where is the best distillery tour?

As gin’s sales have tripled in the last decade, Oxford is leading the charge for change. The city is no stranger to a tasty gin, with The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) making terrific-tasting gin right in the city centre. If you want a tour of some of the finest distilleries around the area, here’s where to start.

Cotswolds Distillery - Takes you through the story of gin and whiskey against a beautiful backdrop in the Cotswolds.

Ramsbury Brewery and Distillery - offers an experience for the beer lovers as well as gin drinkers. The best tour for handcrafted beer and single estate spirits.

Where can you find the best value for money restaurants for families?

Oxford has a range of contemporary and delicious food places that are great value for money and put on a great spread for the whole family.

Located in the Castle quarter, Prezzo offers fine Italian cuisine that is also value for money. With its broad menu, these palate-pleasers are conveniently located close to the shops and the castle for fun family days out.

Jamie’s Italian is close to the Oxford Playhouse and offers a more diverse menu for those feeling a bit more adventurous.

Oxford restaurants offer perfect value-for-money meals after a day treasure hunting, shopping or soaking up the city’s cultural history.

Where is the best afternoon tea in Oxford?

Afternoon tea is a great way to celebrate a special occasion, reconnect with family or catch up with friends. With Oxford’s grandeur, there is no shortage of food and drink places to dig in to afternoon tea.

In the heart of the city, we would recommend:

  • Malmaison Hotel - for elegance and sophistication
  • Cafe Rouge - for great value and delicious food

Outside the city, we would recommend:

If you want to add more luxury to your afternoon tea experience, a beauty treatment could be a perfect accompaniment.