Food and drink in Oxford

  1. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire, south-east England

Raymond Blanc’s 2-Michelin starred restaurant is in a beautiful country house, and dinner here is quite incredible. It’s surrounded by beautiful grounds, including a two-acre vegetable garden that produces over 90 types of vegetable and 70 kinds of herb, which take centre stage on the plates served inside. Well worth the journey from central Oxford.

 

  1. Oxford Kitchen

Considered one of Oxford’s finest restaurants, Oxford Kitchen specialises in delicious modern British dining.

 

  1. Cherwell Boathouse

For something a little more unusual, try dinner in an Edwardian boathouse! In summer you can dine out on the deck as people punt to and fro on the river, while in winter you can get cosy inside. The cooking is traditional hearty British fare.

 

  1. 1855

You’ll find this classy wine bar in the Oxford Castle Quarter, built within what remains of the city’s Norman Castle. Excellent wines, craft beers and locally sourced food, from rare breed pigs to Cotswold cheeses, make this a delicious place to spend an evening.

 

  1. Vaults Garden Café

The Vaults is a charming spot in the vaults of Oxford University’s Old Congregation House (built 1320) and as you might expect from a vault, it has an impressive medieval vaulted ceiling! Outside is even more impressive, as you can tuck into afternoon tea while taking in the beautiful architecture of the famous Radcliffe Camera.

 

  1. Gee’s Restaurant and Bar

Dine surrounded by nature in this magnificent Victorian conservatory, once used for the fruit, flowers and plants grown by the Gee family, the local ‘nurserymen’. Now it’s the perfect setting for a bit of traditional British food, whether it’s brunch, Sunday lunch or afternoon tea.

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