by Stephen Tall on September 12, 2012
I’ve lived in Oxford for 17 years, so one of the questions I sometimes get asked by friends who are visiting is: which restaurants would you recommend? The following is my personal list of the best. Of course a lot depends on the occasion — intimate dinner a deux, family get-together, bunch of old friends etc — but the following are (I think) good for all occasions…
97 St Clements Street OX4 1AR. 01865 200111
Order the pork shank for the tenderest joint of meat ever.
24-26 George Street OX1 2AE. 01865 838383
Chain-schmain. The food is fantastic. Truffle chips mmmmm…
Magdalen Arms (British)
243 Iffley Road OX4 1SJ. 01865 243159
I love the relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere here.
Oxford Blue (British)
32 Marston Street OX4 1JU. 01865 460215
Amazingly fresh food.
77-79 George Street OX1 2BQ. 01865 727465; 80 Cowley Road Oxford OX4 1JB. 01865 203357
Yeah yeah, but I don’t care what you think on this one. Few places cook chicken better, and none are better value.
25 Walton Crescent OX1 2JG. 01865 310066
Great place for meze-sharing with friends.
111 Walton Street OX2 6AJ. 01865 556111
The smart-set Jericho option.
Pierre Victoire (French)
9 Little Clarendon Street OX1 2HP. 01865 316616
Cheap, cheerful, tasty.
Old Parsonage (British)
1 Banbury Road OX2 6NN. 01865 310 210
If you want to impress and are happy paying to do so.
The Nosebag (British)
6-9 St Michael’s Street OX1 2DR. 01865 721033
Huge-, home-cooked dishes. The only problem is finding a seat.
86 St Clements Street OX4 1AR. 01865 247093
Some fantastic speciality dishes.
Tapas Cerveceria Bar (Spanish)
10 Little Clarendon Street OX1 2HP. 01865 516688
Generous portions with a great garden when it’s warm enough.
Atomic Burger (American)
96 Cowley Road OX4 1JE. 01865 790855
Quirky and fun: kids of all ages will love it.
36-37 St Clements Street OX4 1AB. 01865 243003
Always fresh and a lot more homely than Loch Fyne.
103 Cowley Road OX4 1HU. 01865 722 955
I just love their Aubergine alla Mario.
Santorini (Greek / Middle Eastern)
126 Cowley Road OX4 1JE. 01865 241260
Marsh Harrier (Posh pub grub)
40 Marsh Road OX4 2HH. 01865 775937
My local. Mouth-wateringly good.
And a trio of places I’ve not included…
Brasserie Blanc: to be fair, it’s a decade or more since I last went, so it may have changed. But there’s a reason I didn’t go back: see above, but more so.
Brown’s: it used be the must-go-to place, but has been over-taken by cheaper/better and cheaper, better places.
Oh, and one that is meant to be excellent but I’ve never managed to go to so just don’t know: Cherwell Boathouse.