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Looking for eating recommendations for Oxford and Bath, early May

poppyquince Apr 1, 2014 01:14 PM

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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    rrems RE: poppyquince Apr 1, 2014 08:07 PM

    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. PhilD RE: poppyquince Apr 1, 2014 09:08 PM

      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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        Palladium RE: PhilD Apr 2, 2014 06:00 AM

        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. zuriga1 RE: poppyquince Apr 1, 2014 11:32 PM

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

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          WillJones26 RE: poppyquince Apr 2, 2014 05:25 AM

          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.

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            Palladium RE: poppyquince Apr 2, 2014 06:03 AM

            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.

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              J Sheridan RE: poppyquince Apr 2, 2014 08:49 AM

              For Bath, try Menu Gordon Jones. The cooking and ingredients are exceptional. It's a tiny restaurant so you'll need to book well in advance.

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                poppy quince RE: poppyquince Apr 3, 2014 03:31 PM

                Thanks all. The Rickety Press is very appealing and the Nut Tree might be a good choice in nice weather although with so little time in Oxford on a first visit I doubt we'll get out of town.

                Any other suggestions? I have done a search, but many recs are several years old.

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