La Cucina is an Italian trattoria restaurant on London Road. It's a pretty central little place and next door there are a few more restaurants. The menu is mostly made up of classic dishes that are fairly cheap and of good quality. First there are small tapas-style breads (crostini) with olives and/or garlic, pesto and artichokes. Everything cost less than 4 GBP. We also had bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms and roasted goat cheese that cost between 4 and 6 GBP. The pizzas cost between 6-9 GBP and there's a good selection, and white pizza without tomato sauce, which are very good. Then there tenderloin, grilled salmon, seafood risotto or vegetable, and some pastas. The wines are also a good price, most are Italian.
It is a lovely coffee bar, comfortable, situated at the entrance to the covered market in Oxford. The cellblock where the Cafe Puccino's installed its terrace used to be the playground of artisans and jewelers in medieval times. Now I think there only a jewelry store. The terrace is heated, and it has good room to inside this old house that has been restored. They serve light food that is a little pricey but Oxford has almost London prices, a victim of its fame and the many tourists. The paninis are very good and also make fresh juices. A lot of noise inside there is a very lively place. Puccino's has other cafes in London and Brighton.
Fishers is a restaurant with fish and seafood on London Road, just off Oxford to London. From downtown, is a 10 minute walk when you go on Magdalen Bridge. It is one of the best fish restaurants according to the Times. The menu is big, with traditional fish and chips and bouillabaisse, mussels, snapper, trout , etc. You can also order oysters, half a dozen to 8.50 and they are from Ireland. The first cost 6 or 7 pounds, seafood tray 22 pounds, and can be shared between two, lobster to 18.50, and 11.50. The three course menu is £ 20 per person, with fish of the day. The décor is nice, good atmosphere, a place for the whole family.
On Oxford High Street, one of the main streets in Oxford city centre, is Bonjour Cafe. It's in a building that housed an old pub, and in fact has been serving people food and drinks since the eighteenth century! We only stopped because we were hungry, but this place surprised us by the variety of dishes it offered. All about the bread, pizza, paninis, sandwiches, specialty breads ... but Spanish inspired recipes, as well as Italian and French, which are very tasty. At the sweet level I was slightly disappointed but I had a salad and a ricotta and spinach pie which was very good, the bread also was very good. Prices are similar to those in London, 3 or 4 pounds for a salad, the same for sandwiches. It's a convenient location, with a few tables, and you eat fast because there's so much to do in the city.
The White Horse in Oxford is on London Road, rather, the exit of the city center, going toward London. Since later you enter the center, where it's very difficult to park and circle around, it's a good idea to park outside and then try to go into the center by taking a bus. The place is open until 11 pm and it's a big old house that was converted into pub. The house was built in the early 20th century, and is made of wood. Before, there was a pub that had been there since 1841. There is wi-fi access. The inside is like a classic English pub, which aren't exactly known for having bright, cheery décor. It's a place to have some beer, or maybe a little bit of the limited selection of food they offer. Although it's very cheap to eat here, and there are some good deals. There are 2 White Horse locations in Oxford, the other one is in the center and is the most famous.
We went for lunch at Bella Italia restaurant in Oxford, which is within walking distance of Cornmarket Street. The decoration and furnishing is nice, with old copper pots hanging, framed old photos, etc. But the person ve greeted us was the worst. It seemed at first like he was in a hurry, but it ended up taking us over 2 hours to eat our food and drink our coffee! The place had two rooms. He told us we had to eat in the first one and placed us under the AC. He made a comment like ¨This is what you get¨ which I obviously did not like. Then my pizza was ready, and it took a long time before I got it. I had to eat it lukewarm. In the end, these chains depend a lot of the waiters, and in this case the experience was bad. It was about 15 pounds for a complete meal, and there are offers during the week.
If you go to London it is definitely worth visiting Oxford. Seeing this place will take you just abou the entire morning. There are trains from Paddington which leave every 45 minutes for 13 pounds. The trips takes about 45 minutes. One time there is enough but maybe the most important things to see are "Christ Church College" which is where they filmed the Harry Potter movies (the dining room and patios are awesome) and "college" in general (the "trinity" is a great sight to see). Although the best is Oxford itself, the air we breathe, the parking lot of bikes everywhere. Among "Christ Church College" and "trinity college" is a charming pub "Turl Pub" on a small street perpendicular to "Turl Street." The pub has tables outside on sunny days and is perfect to have a pint in the sun. They also serve lunch and have a big menu, with typical food such as sandwiches, burgers and other things but it is fairly priced (for 10-15 pounds you can have a meal), and it is a good place to eat at a fair price.
The High Table is the restaurant of the hotel Mercure Eastgate. It operates independently and one can eat or have tea at any time without being a hotel guest. It is one of the nicest restaurants in the city, a 17th century house renovated with a comfortable décor. There is a lounge with a selection of wines and cocktails, and a more formal lunch. They serve breakfast and lunch until 6 and also "afternoon tea", a selection of small breads and rolls served with tea or a glass of champagne. Dinner is served until 9pm. They eat dinner quite early! Prices are fair, between 7 and 10 pounds a person, and you can eat things such as scallops with cauliflower or clams, for a 2nd plate there is duck, sirloin, and costs between 15 and 20 pounds per head, and desserts cost around 6 pounds.
This site is great. It is a typical pub in terms of food and service (you have to order at the counter, you take your drink yourself and a fast waiter serves your food). The selection of beers is great: London Pride and Discovery are recommended to those ve like soft but flavorful beers. In fact, Head of River belongs to a chain of famous breweries in the south of England (they also have hotels and hostels) called Fuller's. The dishes are very generous, with large portions including garnish, salads and potatoes. The best part is the large pub garden: a space with about 40 wooden tables looking out onto the River Thames (which flows through Oxford) next to Folly Bridge. Watching sunset during a spring evening from the garden with the sun at half mast and the swans and geese swimming towards their nests: priceless.
This pub, located in the city of Oxford, is situated very close to the Ashmolean Museum. It can be recognized by the name on the front, which is also often associated with the coat of arms of the Earl of Derby. Besides its pleasant and cozy interior, it is known for being the place where writers such as JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis (among others) met to discuss their writings and have a good time. In fact, this is also the place where the literary group called The Inklings, met. As for dining, the value is very good. I visited this pub twice. On my first I had a loin of Scottish salmon on a bed of puff pastry and onions, accompanied by a salad and potatoes. On my second visit I opted for the Cumberland sausage and mash. In both cases the food was outstanding. So, if you pass by this famous university town, I recommend that you stop by this pub, either to eat or to have a pint in the same room where Tolkien and Lewis met with their colleagues.