Best Pub Food in Oxford
Oxford is a fascinating place to visit with many historic university spires and buildings, and lovely walks (and punting) along the River Thames. You’re bound to need food whilst you are exploring the city, so we hope you’ll find a pub that you fancy from this selection of the best ones:
It is in a gorgeous setting right by the Thames, with a lovely pub garden that everyone can enjoy. The Perch say that they are a refuge for everyone, and they always welcome families with muddy boots, children and dogs!
The pub is famous around the world, as it was one of the pubs shown in the Inspector Morse TV series.
They serve great British classics like pies, casseroles, home-made bread, pickles and preserves, hedgreow desserts and a delicious ploughman’s lunch.
On Sunday the menu features traditional roasts such as British Grass-fed Topside of Beef, Slow Roasted Belly of Pork with apple sauce, and Nut and Lentil Roast with beetroot and horseradish relish. All roasts are served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy.
The menu features starters such as Grilled Tomato Gazpacho, Tomato and Basil Bruschetta with Avocado and Parmesan, and Chargrilled English Asparagus with Jersey Royal Cream and Herb Salad.
All of the fruit and vegetables that The Punter Kitchen uses are sourced locally, and you can buy them for yourself from Pickle and Lime on the Botley Road in Oxford.
The Jericho Tavern
There is something for everyone at the bar - a seasonal range of craft beers, cask ales, ciders, perfectly poured cocktails, wine, gin and more!
The Old Tom
The pub is situated right in the heart of Oxford - just near the Carfax Tower, which is at the centre of the city.
The food served at The Old Tom is the very best of traditional Thai food, cooked using the finest quality Thai spices and ingredients:- tempura batter, seafood, noodle bowls, roast duck, green curry, jasmine rice, spring rolls and much more.
The menu has a selection of burgers, lots of different types of fries (chilli, cheese, sweet potato, buffalo), chicken pieces, nachos and hot dogs. If you fancy something sweet there are waffles, vegan brownies and ice cream shakes.
This pub, with an American theme and cool atmosphere, is right next to the Ultimate Picture Palace, so it’s handy for a bite to eat before catching a film.
The Magdalen Arms
It is open from Tuesday evening to Sunday evening each week - they serve a lunch and a la carte menu each day (no lunch on Tuesday) and a special dinner menu on Sunday.
The menu is traditional hearty food, such as Gloucester Old Spot Schnitzel, stuffed whole globe artichoke, a Spanish sharing plate or saddle of lamb. There is a special Sunday roast menu each weekend.
There is an innovative ‘heat at home’ shop in the pub where you can pop in and ask to take any dish from the menu to heat and eat at home (depending on availability of course).
The Abingdon Arms
Alex, head chef at the Abingdon Arms, prides himself on creating hearty home-cooked meals using local, fresh produce.
The A La Carte menu has starters such as Organic baked brie in filo pastry with honey and walnuts, in-house smoked duck breast, and Long sliced Wye Valley Smoked salmon, served with radishes, capers, lemon and toasted bread.
Don’t forget the puddings - you can choose from delicious treats such as Plum, Mango and Cherry Crumble with vanilla ice cream, Chocolate Brownie with Cherry Garnish, and the magnificent Plum and Poached Rhubarb Clafoutis with raspberry pavlova ice cream (it’s recommended you share this one!)
There are loads of tables outside so you can soak up the wonderful Oxfordshire countryside whilst you eat.
The White House by Tap Social
It serves delicious food made from seasonal local produce, serves coffee which is locally roasted, and stocks Oxford-brewed craft beer.
So if you’re looking for somewhere in Oxford for a coffee, meal or drinks with your friends or family, The White House is the perfect place. There are cosy log-burning stoves to gather around in the winter, and a great beer garden for the summer.
On Sundays, you can choose from delicious roasts such as beef sirloin, pork belly with crackling, and herb-crusted cod.
Jude The Obscure
There are TVs throughout the pub so you can watch all the best live sport action, and they have a regular pub quiz, which is said to be the best pub quiz in Oxford!
Jude The Obscure’s menu has traditional pub food, with small plates, sharers, sandwiches and toasties, fish and chips, pies, and classics such as steak and chips, or ham egg and chips.
It has a great heated beer garden (where you can take your dog and children) which also has TVs so you can enjoy the sports action outside too.
Food is served every day from 11am to 9pm at Jude The Obscure.
I hope this selection of the best pubs has given you food for thought when you’re looking for a pub to eat in whilst visiting Oxford!
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