The city of Oxford is famous for many reasons. It is the location of one of the most prestigious universities in the world and the backdrop for films and television series such as His Dark Materials (2019) and Mamma Mia Here We Go Again! (2018) to name but a few.
However, one aspect of Oxford that is overlooked time and time again is the food it has to offer; from beautiful rooftop bars to cosy tapas restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you visit! Whether you’re visiting for the history of the city, to celebrate a graduation or just passing through, here is a rundown of the ten best dining experiences in Oxford, UK.
Despite only opening in 2018, Victors has quickly become a firm favourite of diners in Oxford. The striking interior provides a beautiful backdrop to your meal. Perhaps the best part about Victors (aside from the friendly staff and buzzing atmosphere) is that there is food from all cuisines! There’s an array of sushi on offer, tapas style smaller plates, pizzas, burgers and gorgeous salads, therefore making it the perfect location for a larger group as there really is something for everyone! One bit of advice I would offer is to book in advance as the fantastic selection of food draws in a huge number of customers! What do I recommend? Try the amazing Wild Mushroom Croquettes alongside the Halloumi Sticks and Crispy Squid with a Kiss & Candy cocktail!
For more information, visit: https://www.victors.co.uk/venue/oxford/
Located in Cowley, Kazbar is the cosy tapas bar that we all want to unwind in after a long day! It’s relaxed, charming and warm vibe is perfect for that get together with a group of friends. Kazbar offers a plentiful tapas menu, suitable for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, there’s something at Kazbar for everyone. Not only is Kazbar famous for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, its owner, Clinton Pugh, is father to recent Academy Award nominee, Florence Pugh! So keep an eye out for the Little Women actress if you happen to pop in! What do I recommend? Anything from their Tapas de Verdura range with their famous Mojito (also recommended by Florence Pugh) will ensure that your night in Oxford will be a (mostly!) memorable one.
For more information, visit: http://www.kazbar.co.uk/
The beautiful conservatory setting is perfect for a romantic meal or drinks with friends. Gee’s, located in North Oxford, serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine with an Oxford twist! It is perfect for both lunch and dinner with the glass conservatory offering beautiful brightness to your dining experience. Their weekend brunch menu is the perfect weekend pick me up with a menu consisting of a classic smashed avocado on toast to a simple homemade banana bread!What do I recommend? The Wild Mushroom, Tarragon and Crème Fraiche Risotto is enough to make you travel all the way back to Oxford just to try it again! And if you stay for some of their famous cocktails then try the 2020 Vision; even if the year 2020 hasn’t had many highlights, this drink will be the highlight of your trip!
For more information, visit: https://www.geesrestaurant.co.uk/
The Jam Factory
The Jam Factory not only serves delicious food but doubles as an arts centre, so if you happen to be dining, check ahead to find out if there are any galleries on display! All of their food is locally sourced, therefore making The Jam Factory a highlight of Oxford and perfect for dining with some culture! The menu consists of a variant of dishes and cuisines, with delicious seafood as well as classic burgers with The Jam Factory being only across from the train station, it serves as the perfect place for a quick stop to eat without compromising on quality. What do I recommend? Try their Goats Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Burger! Or try their phenomenal brunch selection with their crafted coffees!
For more information, visit: https://www.thejamfactoryoxford.com/
A neighbouring restaurant to Victors in the Westgate centre, Sticks’n’Sushi is the perfect choice for a cosmopolitan and classy dinner. It is nothing short of an experience whether you choose to dine outside on the terrace overlooking Oxford’s skyline, or inside with the sleek and buzzing atmosphere. Greeted with heated handtowels and a plentiful menu to browse through, there is something for everyone – even non-sushi lovers, who can pick the chicken skewers and other meat dishes! It is quintessential city dining, perfect for a date night or a girls night!What do I recommend? You cant go wrong with the Mamma Mia Urumaki with their Osaka Negroni!
For more information, visit: https://sticksnsushi.com/en/restaurants/london/oxford
Look no further than The Folly for the perfect lunch spot! Right on the river, The Folly offers truly delicious afternoon tea and is perfect for families. Their homemade scones are not to be missed at this tranquil and friendly restaurant. Be sure to book in advance as getting a table by the beautiful river can often be difficult! If you really want to push the boat out – pun intended – then The Folly also offers river cruises so you can experience the beautiful scenery of the Oxford parks!What do I recommend? Try their homemade scones and finger sandwiches!
For more information, visit: https://www.no1-folly-bridge.co.uk/
The Varsity Club
The Varsity Club or TVC as many people know it, is a rooftop bar and restaurant found at the edge of the Covered Market. With stunning panoramic views of Oxford’s skyline, it becomes the perfect backdrop to enjoy a few cocktails with friends or a delicious lunch. I must give a warning that there are many stairs to climb to reach the rooftop with no alternate lift available, but once you reach the top, the view, the food and the amazing staff will make the climb all worth it!What do I recommend? Order a Pineapple Mai Tai cocktail alongside The Varsity Clubs Quinoa and Halloumi Salad and you’re guaranteed to be leaving satisfied!
For more information, visit: https://tvcoxford.co.uk/