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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, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 170
    Excellent
  • 102
    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
Delicious food let down by average service

The food here is great, each dish is freshly made, but expect to wait about 1 hour for it to arrive. Also, they ran out of 2 main course dishes which was highly frustrating for my partner in crime, and then they had run out of the dessert he was after! The staff are quite hands off, lack service... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Loodyk
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The food here is great, each dish is freshly made, but expect to wait about 1 hour for it to arrive. Also, they ran out of 2 main course dishes which was highly frustrating for my partner in crime, and then they had run out of the dessert he was after! The staff are quite hands off, lack service skills... More 

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England
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff very friendly, the food is good and in very abundant quantities - we struggled to finish our delicious lamb and they suggested we take it home in a takeaway box, which we did - enjoying it the next day.

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Berkeley, California, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I haven't been to that many pubs, granted, but I've been to a lot of restaurants, and if I lived in Oxford, I'd be here regularly. It's a "gastropub." New menu every day. Terrific atmosphere, extremely friendly, and family friendly -- we went with our newborn granddaughter, who thankfully didn't wake up, and others had some kids there. We ordered... More 

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London, UK
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Good place - nice relaxed vibe combined with high quality cooking. The roasts for sharing are particularly good. Generous portions. Good wine list and interesting cocktails. Spent a leisurely four hours here eating Sunday lunch (Book in advance!) and no-one tried to rush us out of the building. Waiting staff attentive and pleasant. Whilst not cheap, I think it's a... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I recently held my 21st birthday here, with approx 32 people invited. From the beginning, the manager was incredibly friendly and all my requests were accommodated. At the meal, every said how delicious the food was (we had Spanish tapas and the lamb) and how tender the lamb was. The food was hugely complimented by everyone, including myself, who as... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This really is a great find. I will be returning to Oxford just to come here. The atmosphere is unique. Hard to describe. Posh meets chaos. The food was very good. We often for the lamb to share among the party. Very tasty. Great experience. Thank you.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

If you like a rustic laid back vibe with excellent food then this is the place for you. We waited an hour(and 2 bread baskets) for our food but the waiting staff were quick to apologise and make amends. I didn't have the sharing option but next time I will as looked generous.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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81 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had booked a table and lucky for us we had, as the place was heaving ! The starters were superb. I had the sizuan (sp?) pepper squid which was amazing. How they got the batter to be that perfect is beyond me. The mains were a bit limited if you aren't sharing and beware, the portion sizes are HUGE.... More 

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queensland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My partner was not feeling well, so we had a drink and an early dinner. Top service with care from the staff. Good cheer and good service, a great combo.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I do not think you can find such food in Oxford. The concept is very clear since the first bite: local and bio food, high quality ingredients and a deep knowledge of what is the "proper" English pub food. The menu changes every day and it is great to find a nice range of prices and also vegetarian dishes (even... 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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?