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May 15, 2013 06:01 PM

Fine Dining in Oxford

Traveling to Oxford soon and need a fine dining establishment for a celebratory meal. Historical a bonus! The celebration will be on a Sunday, don't know how many restaurants are typically closed on Sundays. A mighty thank you for any suggestions!

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  1. My immediate thought is that you're out of luck- Oxford itself doesn't have anything worthwhile that fits the bill. You would have to go out of town. The restaurants in Oxford itself tend to be pretty casual, and the higher-priced places are the kind of restaurants parents take their student kids to when they visit and the food generally isn't anything special, for the price.

    My second thought is: what's your definition of fine dining? I'm sure Le Manoir would fit! But if "soon", not sure you can get a table and it is of course not in town.

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    1. re: Palladium

      Yes, that is on a list I found on the 'net...

      These all seem to be in Oxford? Thanks for the rec, I'll look into it further...we have a few weeks yet!

      1. re: Lambowner

        A lot of those are definitely out of town. Some of those I've never heard of, so assume they are no longer around. Gees, The Old Parsonage and Quod are the kind of "parents treating students" places I mentioned. I had lunch at Quod once- I wouldn't have called it fine dining.

        The Cherwell Boathouse is in Oxford, and may not be a bad choice. It's a white tablecloth kind of place, though like I said, it's Oxford, so will be pretty casual. (I'm pretty sure I've gone there in jeans and a ratty fleece.) But it's a great location, and if it's a nice day, it would be glorious.

          1. re: Palladium

            Though the Cherwell Boathouse is casual, it is definitely upscale, the setting is lovely and food excellent. I think it would be a great choice. It's a bit out of the center of town, so a taxi may be needed.

            1. re: rrems

              Lovely! That looks really promising.

        1. re: Palladium

          Thanks for all the suggestions. Just to report back, we ended up at Cherwell Boathouse for the celebratory dinner and it was a lovely setting. The food was very good, the beef carpaccio with "ice lettuce" (a very different vegetable and very new to me, pictured) and sea bass and lamb. We also dined at Gee's (whole plaice fish), Al Andalus for Tapas, White Horse Pub for Sunday dinner and Fire and Stone Pizza for a Cairo pizza. The only regrettable meal was at Jamie's Italian Kitchen (Jamie Oliver) which was deficient in nearly every way, although the setting is flashy.

          However, by far the most fabulous meal we had was at the Old Parsonage where my sole meuniere (pictured) was better than I've had in France and the lamb was the best according to my DH. We went back for cocktails and tea on the fabulous patio and would not hesitate to stay in the 30 room hotel in the future.

          Two places were highly recommended to us but we didn't make it and hope to come back some day to check them out: The Nut Tree in Murcott and The Feathers in Woodstock, both apparently Michelin Starred.

          1. re: Lambowner

            Feathers isn't Michelin starred. Might have been sometime in the past

            1. re: Lambowner

              Oh, The Nut Tree is excellent. We've been there a handful of times (and always get lost trying to find it!) and are never disappointed. It is a bit out of the way, but that has meant that we have been able to get a table without booking ahead.

              I will have to re-think my previous opinion of The Old Parsonage, from your review. Maybe we'll try it next time we look for a place to eat in town.