Eating Out In Oxford
Eating Out In Oxford
Eating out, one of the great pleasures in life and Oxfordians are fortunate to have plenty of great places to enjoy the pleasure of great food for all meals. From the oldest coffee chop in Europe, the Queen’s Lane Coffee House, open since 1654 to the newest eating places in the Westgate Mall.
Here’s some of the best places for each meal of the day and for pretty much any size of pocket.
The Nosebag, at 6-8 St. Michaels Street has been serving great value home cooked food for as long as pretty much anyone can remember. Ostensibly a coffee shop but serving food prepared and cooked on the premises. Open most days from 09:30 to 22:00
Patrons can get good food through the day and into the evening; their breakfasts are famous. Just £6.95 buys their full English breakfast, an honest full breakfast with no gimmicks, just the old favourites served with toast. Vegetarians are catered for with the Vegan Breakfast consisting of Homemade spicy baked beans, vegan mozzarella, avocado and a round of granary toast. Granola junkies can get their fix with berries and Greek yogurt – but it’s the Full English Breakfast that gets my vote!
The Breakfast Club, located at 303, The Westgate is, as its name suggests, a place for breakfasts – but only until midday when the menu changes, but the name remains.
If it’s breakfast, then this is the place to be serving The Breakfast Club’s take on the Full English with the Full Monty at £10.95 with all your favourites. Their breakfast menu goes much further than the traditional fry up. There’s five different ways to enjoy egg benedict, pancakes and waffles and all sorts of breakfast on bread. If, like me, breakfast is your big thing then this The Breakfast Club is next door to heaven.
Oli’s Thai, is at 38 Magdalen Road and serves, as its name suggests, Thai food. With a cosy ambience and staff who have a reputation for being helpful and friendly this busy place serves up the kind of food that’s ideal for lunch – light but full of flavour. It is always worth making a reservation for lunch or dinner because it is usually very busy, but they do try to keep a few places for walk-ins. One caveat, this is not a place to take kids and they don’t seat groups with kids during lunch or evening sessions. You can eat here at lunch or dinner for less than £10 from a short daily menu.
Fans rave about the compressed belly pork which is served in “Oli’s Sauce” a flavour filled soy-based sauce and duck, chicken and aubergine curry which is reported to have very tender duck falling off the bone. Vegetarians are well served by the menu.
http://www.olisthai.com Reservations by phone only: 01865 790223.
The Covered Market, on Market Street is not just a single location but many. There’s a plethora of places to try giving a great opportunity for varied tastes and, for those who enjoy it – grazing opportunities.
Pie lovers should head for Pieminster for delicious pies with a myriad of fine fillings and belly filling accompaniments.
Tasty and filling Thai food can be found at Sasi Thai who have hot dishes for less than £6. The staff will help you explore the menu.
After your main course try an ice cream or sorbet from iScream. Only Guernsey organic milk is used in their ice cream. For the heavily sweet toothed, iScream sell a range of luxury chocolates from Europe’s exclusive chocolatiers.
The White Rabbit, 21 Friars Entry, in the centre of Oxford, is an independent pub run by a people who believe in pizza and a pint. Their head chef is an Italian who really knows how to work with genuine Italian ingredients to create some breath-taking pizzas. Real ale lovers will find plenty to enthuse about with ales brewed within 25 miles of the pub.
There’s a lively atmosphere enjoying the thin crispy base pizzas thought by many to be the best in Oxford.
For toppings on the pizza you can choose from typical Italian or American style – but there’s no pineapple in sight!
For the gluten intolerant, all pizzas can be made with gluten free flour for a small supplement.
Pierre Victoire, at 9, Clarendon Street is for the foodie who wants to enjoy traditional French food in an informal environment. Unlike so many restaurants, this one has staying power, opened in 1996 and still going strong.
Price shock can be controlled by choosing from their Prix Fixe menus which costs around £25 for three courses. Some of the specials are also included in the fixed price menu which is a welcome bonus.
Because the place is very popular it is worth making a reservation beforehand.
OK, not a meal, but always a welcome treat! Try The Missing Bean at 14 Turl Street. Whenever you go it is likely to be crowded as they serve some of the best coffee in Oxford. The company has its own roastery over at Magdalen Road, so you can be sure of the freshest coffee and some unusual beans and blends to try out.