Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Places to eat in Oxford

Eating in Oxford

While England has a reputation for bad food, rain and terrible service (although not at Oxbridge Tours) I’ll hopefully convince you that there are at least some good places to eat in Oxford (Cambridge to follow)

Al Shami – This is in Jericho, a small part of Central Oxford out of the City Centre. Jericho is where many of the locals live and therefore has lower prices and better food. Al Shami is a Lebanese restaurant with fantastic food. A great place to relax, they do brilliant coffee and a wonderful plate of fresh local veg before a main of succulent flavorsome meat. Price is around £25 a head including a Lebanese beer and baklava.   

Branca – Has a brilliant mid-week early dinner menu. A starter and main (or main and dessert) plus a glass of wine or beer for £10.45. They also give you a large bowl of delicious bread without charging – something which is quite hard to find these days. Book in advance though – it can get very busy in the summer.

Quod – A up-market restaurant attached to the 4* Old Bank Hotel on the High St in Oxford. Does a fantastic cream tea with warm crumbling scones, perfect raspberry jam and yummy clotted cream. A must for any afternoon out.

Grand Café – Just up the road from Quod, they also do a good cream tea (although not as good). They have the edge on ambience, décor and menu as well as the history of being the oldest coffee house in England. In the evening it turns into a swanky cocktail bar with a tempting selection of beverages and a long-happy hour. Well worth a visit.

Browns – Although part of a chain, the restaurant has a lot of character and service is usually very good. Browns  do a fantastic fillet steak and have a lovely cocktail bar. It’s slightly pricey – around £35 a head for starter and main with soft drink – but worth it for a special occasion. 

All places are linked so that you can read more. Cambridge to follow.

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