Thursday, 22 August 2013

3 Days in Oxford

Location: Oxford, UK
FoodieOnTour Oxford

With the long weekend approaching, I've been getting several requests for restaurant, pub and bar recommendations. You may be a visiting tourist, an Oxford local with guests to entertain, or simply someone with a weekend all to yourself, either way, here is a little something to help...

My ultimate long weekend in Oxford!

I've purely focused on central Oxford here (with a Foodie angle), but if you'd like any recommendations for outside the city, please contact me via email, Facebook or Twitter.


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Breakfast: Turl Street Kitchen
16-17 Turl Street
Phone: 01865 264 171

One of Oxford's finest, stop by from 8am to get plenty of coffee down your neck and fuel up for the day... bacon sandwich, granola, smoked salmon, soft boiled eggs, porridge, pastries - fill your boots, or, you know, your belly!

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Sightseeing: Oxford Covered Market, then Oxford Castle
Oxford Covered Market, The Market, Oxford OX1 3DZ.

Phone: 01865 250133
Oxford Castle, 3 New Rd, Oxford OX1 1AY.
Phone: 0844 693 0659

After breakfast, take a browse around the historic Oxford Covered Market before heading over to Oxford's very own Norman Medieval Castle. The Market itself has been around for over two centuries and has local traders selling cookies, cheese, sausages, fresh fish, deli goods, clothing, jewellery, luxury chocolates, homewares and plenty more to take your fancy!

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108 St. Aldate’s
Phone: 01865 241185

Somewhere I haven't tried yet but am very keen to, as I've been hearing very good things! Fancy a Hoisin Glazed Hotdog with Chilli Pickle, Chinese Cabbage & Hand Cut Chips? Or maybe a Pulled Pork & Cheddar Bap with Coleslaw & Hand cut Chips? Otherwise dive into a sharing plate of Whole Baked Camembert with Onion Marmalade & Crusty Bread... *drool*

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St. Aldates
Phone: 01865 276150

After lunch, take a walk down St Aldates to Christchurch College, where you can explore the Hall and Cathedral beore taking a leisurely stroll through the beautiful riverside meadow. If you have a little more time you can also check out the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

FoodieOnTour OxfordDinner: The High Table
71-73 The High Street
Phone: 01865 248695

I've had some stunning dishes here with some beautiful wines - an elegant dinner venue to finish the day in.


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Breakfast: St Giles' Cafe
52 St Giles'
Phone: 01865 554200

What better way to start the day than with a full English and a decent cuppa - and you won't get better in the city centre than at this historic cafe. Previously a greasy spoon, St Giles' Cafe has since been transformed into a delightful venue for breakfast, lunch and supper.

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Sightseeing: Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont St
Phone: 01865 278002

After a good brekkie, head down the road a few hundred yards to The Ashmolean Museum for some culture. A really good museum to lose yourself in for a couple of hours or so, with a lovely roof terrace for drinks if you get thirsty!

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Lunch / Afternoon Tea: The Randolph Hotel
Beaumont Street
Phone: 01865 256 400

Once you've worked up an appetite walking round the museum, pop over the road to The Randolph Hotel for lunch or a traditional Afternoon Tea, maybe even a cocktail in The Morse Bar, named after the hotel featured in many episodes of Inspector Morse.

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Sightseeing: University Parks
University Parks
entry via Parks Road

Walk off all that cake in the big, beautiful Oxford University Parks... if you fancy a little tipple afterwards, then follow in the footsteps of Inklings C S Lewis & J R R Tolkien by having a pint or two at The Eagle & Child

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9 Little Clarendon St Jericho
Phone: 01865 316616

Gorgeous little French restaurant, serving traditional bistro dishes - perfect little intimate setting for an evening meal - and damn good food too!


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University Church
1 Radcliffe Square
Phone: 01865 279112

If the weather is good, take breakfast in their gardens overlooking the Radcliffe Camera. Serving breakfast from 8.30am, Vaults & Gardens cater well for different demands, serving Full English, Mediterranean, or Vegetarian Breakfast, alongside other choices.

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Pitt Rivers Museum, S Parks Rd Oxford OX1 3PP. 01865 270927
Natural History Museum, Parks Rd Oxford OX1 3PW. 01865 272950

Visit one of Oxford's most popular museums, Pitt Rivers or the Natural History Museum before quenching your thirst with a drink or two at the infamous Turf Tavern. Dating back to the 13th Century and hidden down a winding passageway, The Turf is a favourite amongst local scholars and is rumoured to be the place where Bill Clinton "did not inhale". Stop en route to take pics of the beautiful Bridge of Sighs.

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40 Holywell
St Oxford
Phone: 01865 242369

Serving up high quality 'pub grub', you can refuel with a Posh Fish Finger Sandwich, Chilli Nachos, proper Fish & Chips, a Traditional Ploughmans or a hearty Jacket Potato.

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Sightseeing: Magdalen College & Deer Park

High St
Phone: 01865 276000

After lunch, head on over to Magdalen College to see what life is like as an Oxford University student. With a 550 year history and Award winning gardens, PLUS an actual deer park, there is plenty to see and photograph.

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Spare Time...? Punting!

If you have ANY time left and the weather is favourable, you can always take to the river to enjoy a spot of punting. Meander down the river then moor up alongside one of Oxford's riverside eating/drinking venues, such as the Isis Farmhouse or The Victoria Inn.


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