Hundreds of years of students and dons have created a food and drink scene in Oxford that’s replete with deliciously quirky old pubs and cafes. But beyond that there’s a healthy restaurant culture, too. Here are the answers to all your questions about restaurants in Oxford near you.
Plenty of great restaurants cater to locals, students and visiting tourists alike. Here are a few of the top restaurants in Oxford based on customer reviews:
Oxford’s best cafés – like their restaurants, pubs and bars – serve hundreds of students every day. Sure, these students may be studying at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, but they still have budgets to stick to. As a result, the local cafés and coffee shops generally keep their menus down to earth and affordable. Here are two of the best:
It’ll come as no surprise that Oxford’s traditional pubs serve great British cuisine, but you really don’t want to take how good they are for granted. This is a city with some of the best proper pubs in the country.
Oxford might be known for its writers and scholars, but its cooks have turned out a few notable dishes in their time too.
New College Pudding, Banbury Cake, Oxfordshire Sausages (Oxfordshire Skate), Oxford Bishop and Frank Cooper's Oxford Marmalade number among the dishes and foods that originated in Oxfordshire. You’ll still find them at the occasional restaurant in Oxford and beyond, so get scouring those menus.
Brunch is the most important meal of the most important part of the week - the weekend. Lazing and grazing is the only way for some weekend mornings or to kickstart a slow weekday. Right now, London loves brunch. And there are so many options, from super meaty to Antipodean (and lets be honest, they do lead the way). New Yorkers say we don’t do brunch properly, but really it’s just that we don’t do it like them. Brunch for us is more breakfast style; you’ll never see pasta on a brunch menu. And that seems right to me.
Cuddle up with Thai food and a movie or head out for a prix fixe meal and candlelit conversation? Here’s some ammo for your next date-night decision.
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