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Looking for eating recommendations for Oxford and Bath, early May

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We'll be spending a couple of days in Bath and another 3 days in Oxford from April 28-May 4. Never been to either one and we are in need of knowledgeable foodie help. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks, anything welcome.

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  1. In Oxford, don't miss the Cherwell Boathouse.

    Try doing a search on this board for these cities. Just put the name of the city in the search box at the top of the page, and you should find some recs. It would also be helpful to specify your budget and any cuisine preferences, likes or dislikes.

    1. I lived in Bath but moved about four years ago so my info may be a little old. However, Allium Brasserie is a place that gets great reports in a city dominated by fairly average tourist food. The Bath Priory is very posh and Michelin starred but it is beautiful if you want a special meal. Menu Gordon Jones has been recommended before.

      I used to love a pub called the White Hart (in the village behind the station) which is very local with a pretty little outside space in nice weather. If you have a car a trip out to the Wheatsheaf at Coombe Hay is worth it on a nice day (30 mins). The King William was also very good and most Bath Ales pubs are worth a beer (but not always food).

      Martin Blunos is opening up "Blunos" soon - he has a very strong reputation and quite a history of opening great restaurants but he has been quite of late and it will be interesting to see how this one works - it would be on my "try" list.

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      1. re: PhilD

        I had a very good meal at the King William a couple of years ago. I went in the autumn, and they had a game menu on. Definitely worth a visit.

      2. The Magdalen Arms is another highly respected gastropub. We had a great lunch there awhile back.

        1. I tried the Alllium Brasserie in August and felt it was reasonable if unspectacular. However our dinner at Casanis, a fairly small French brasserie, was excellent and I would thoroughly recommend it for dinner.

          1. For Oxford, Magdalen Arms or Rickety Press. If you have a car, I highly, highly recommend The Nut Tree, north of Oxford. They keep their own pigs and have a menu of carefully-sourced ingredients.