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Magdalen Arms

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243 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
01865 243 159
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 162
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 28
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful food and service

I came in off of the street not knowing anything about this restaurant and I left with a great impression. I stayed outside on the terrace which was delightfully designed to feel like a casual Italian garden. The inside of the actual pub looked dark but the outside was gorgeous! and the food! Oh... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Eliza H
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I came in off of the street not knowing anything about this restaurant and I left with a great impression. I stayed outside on the terrace which was delightfully designed to feel like a casual Italian garden. The inside of the actual pub looked dark but the outside was gorgeous! and the food! Oh the food.... Absolutely wonderful! I had... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Well, for a pub that brands itself as a "gastro" pub, it really is anything but. It is important to note that we were a medium-sized group (8-10) and sat in their restaurant area. Firstly, at anything resembling full capacity, the kitchen and wait staff are completely overwhelmed. We waited nearly an hour before our starters arrived. The wait staff... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I ate here with my parents recently and realised that we had discovered a gem! So many of the restaurants in oxford are ridiculously over priced for the quality of the meal. This was a lovely suprise, my fish main and crumble dessert were absolutely delicious. I have recommended this pub to friends and will definitely be back again!

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oxford uk
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

i have been to the Magdalen arms several times over the last two or three years. The food has always been good . On my last visit I would give the food 5/5. I had pork and sticky toffee pudding - both were delicious. The service seemed amateurish for a decent restaurant. Or example, I ordered wine at the bar... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Horrible service, very uneducated staff. If you want to give your money to arrogant people who doesn't care about customer.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Like other reviewers I have found the service to be slow nearly every time I have eaten there. Getting a waiter's or waitress's attention, waiting for menu/ bill etc. I have also been too forgiving of the general shabbiness of the place. The only thing that impressed me was the food but that's now becoming less attractive. The quality is... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We were looking forward to our visit to The Magdalen Arms having been very fond of Anchor & Hope and Great Queen Street when we lived in London. The Oxford outpost has got a similar vibe: characterful verging on scruffy mismatched wooden furniture with dark painted walls - aubergine or oxblood, perhaps, and low lighting - a combination that on... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This a wonderful place, either to ear or just have a few drinks in. We went on Saturday afternoon as a big-ish party; 9 adults, 1 baby, 1 hyper 3 year old. Most of us just had drinks, but some people had tapas, and others had pudding. We had a brilliant time. It’s so informal and welcoming, and the beauty... More 

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Oxford
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7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Admittedly, the food on our table received mixed responses. The Tagliatelle was rather bland and overpriced and the lemon sole was burnt. However, the roast potatoes were good and the roast beef acceptable. Nevertheless, having to wait an hour for food and pay for bringing in a birthday cake combined with the already high prices made the experience disappointing given... More 

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Third time we’ve eaten here in as many years and once again we were not disappointed. We hadn’t booked, but being midweek managed to find a table. Food was excellent and we always like the fact that the menu is a bit more quirky and different to your run-of-the-mill pub. We had the pollock and lamb shank, both lovely, while... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 243 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 01865 243 159

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?