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Magdalen Arms

243 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
01865 243 159
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Ranked #111 of 484 restaurants in Oxford
Cuisines: English
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I recently spent the day in Oxford with a friend of mine who grew up there. As many people know the city has something of a dearth of good, independent places to eat, so we were really keen to try this place based on some good reviews by food critics. Unfortunately I'll never know how good their food is! My... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

One of the best places to eat in Oxford! The staff are always friendly and the menu is very varied - I've never not enjoyed what I've ordered. Would highly recommend!

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Oxford
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The food was good. Delicious in fact! However, service from shift manager was awful! Rude and mocking customer choice of clothing loudly at the bar for all to hear. Free drink offered, not excepted, would think twice about going again.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had the lamb - really great food. However the service was surly and the food took ages with no apparent reason, the pub wasn't that busy! They add the service charge to your bill which always annoys me - I should be the one judgeing how much tip I leave! Wish the waitress wasn't so miserable!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I've eaten here I don't know how many times since the dive of a pub was born again in its present incarnation in 2009. I have had the odd disappointment and, more often, a sleepless night after a dinner too rich for my innards (I can recall, in particular, a wonderful steak pie, the pastry to-die-for and worth the wakefulness... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

The Magdalen Arms is definitely more of a restaurant than a pub with a daily menu of incredible food, including dishes (amazing pies and slow-cooked meats) to share between 2 to 6 people. Interesting local ingredients cooked perfectly.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Two really good Sunday lunches in the last few months. A meaty starter plus a meaty main was a bit too rich even though dishes individually delicious. Staff helpful on GF food and came back from the kitchen with a menu annotated by the chef to show what was safe. Lots of the dishes were already GF; some others could... More

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Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We attempted to have lunch on a quiet Saturday afternoon at this restaurant, which I classify more as a pub than a restaurant. Our party included adults and a toddler. From the outset, the service was slow and indifferent. Somehow the staff were confused that some of our party ordered salads as their main dish, while the rest ordered larger... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great Rib Eyes with blue cheese butter - not the cheapest but beautiful food. Beer quite dear at £4.20 per pint ....

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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Graduation day celebration. Great service, excellent food. I think they have a new menu on every service (ie more than once a day). Standouts today were the deep fried artichokes, open steak sandwiches, and the supporting cast of salads, bread etc, all excellent. Also recommend the Grand Malbec wine.

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