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Oxford Pubs & Restaurants & Nightlife

The British are not noted for their culinary skills and, as a result, have embraced the best cuisine from all over the world as their own! Visitors to Britain can therefore choose from a remarkably rich variety of tastes and, happily, this is especially so in Oxford. But many of Oxford's finest restaurants are located away from the centre, so you will have to be prepared for a short walk or bus/taxi ride to make the most of what is on offer.

With the exception of the new pubs that have opened recently in George Street, you will probably find that most of the pubs in Oxford's centre are centuries old and full of character. And many have entertained some of Britain's most famous writers, politicians and celebrities, from William Shakespeare to Tony Blair. (And, of course, Inspector Morse! Sadly, Oxford's only brewery was closed in 1998 after more than 400 years of beer production. However, the Morrells brand lives on and is still hugely popular in Oxford. In recent times, the familiar Varsity, Graduate and Oxford Blue labels have been supplemented by such fine brews as 'Old Don' and 'Pickled Proctor'.

 

Oxford Restaurants

Pierre Victoire
Good quality French food served in rustic surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere. The lunch menu is available every day at very reasonably prices, but the menu no longer changes daily and the portions can be a little on the small side.
9 Little Clarendon Street, 01865 316616

Brown's
Almost an Oxford institution, Brown's is at its best during afternoon tea or on Sunday lunchtimes, when traditional roast dinners are available (but get there early to avoid disappointment!) There is a good variety of meat, fish and pasta dishes and, of course, the house speciality - Steak & Guinness pie. Advance bookings are not taken, but the well stocked cocktail bar should help to pass the time!
5-11 Woodstock Road, 01865 511995

 

Oxford Pubs & Nightlife

The Kings Arms
Established in 1607 as a coaching house, and named after King James I, this is one of Oxford's most lively pubs. Popular with both tourists and students, it serves an extensive range of Young's real ales, wines and whiskies. The food is good, plentiful and reasonably priced and there is a no-smoking room at the front. The walls are adorned with pictures of locals, past an present - see if you can spot the picture of the Queen Mum with handbag in one hand and a pint of Young's Best Bitter in the other!
40 Holywell Street

The White Horse
This narrow pub is situated opposite the Sheldonian Theatre, nestled between two entrances to Blackwell's famous bookshop. Though a bit cramped, it has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and is well known for attracting some of the University's more eccentric characters. A good selection of real ales is available and, for those that are interested in such things, it was a favourite pub of the TV detective 'Inspector Morse'.
Broad Street