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Magdalen Arms

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243 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
01865 243 159
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 175
    Excellent
  • 108
    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
A popular pub with great drinks and food

A very cool pub on Iffley road. A wide variety of wine and beer. Its quite popular among the local residents. I loved their potatoes and green salad.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Namit1984
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New Delhi, India
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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401 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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New Delhi, India
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A very cool pub on Iffley road. A wide variety of wine and beer. Its quite popular among the local residents. I loved their potatoes and green salad.

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Chalfont Saint Peter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely evening sitting outside. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. Recommend the harissa chicken to share. Choice of wines was good, but what a shame we had to drink out of horrid, chunky, stubby stemmed glasses. Only those with bubbles got the proper glasses. Brandy was even served in these naff glasses. It may be on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Well, let´s put it this way: their food is just how it should be - now, in most pubs (at least in Oxford) the food is rather nasty, and if you´re lucky, just decent. it´s a pity, as it should not be that difficult to get you e.g. good-quality fried potatos, salad or pie... The menu is limited, which is... More 

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Limited menu - a good sign, as they focus on what they do well. The Hook Norton beer was refreshing and well-kept, the lamb with Mediterranean vegetables was pink and tender, and the beef and ale pie was the best I've ever tasted - the beef tender and the gravy rich and full of flavour (IPA and Guinness the 'ale'... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I have been twice in the last 3 weeks with family and friends. The food is very good. Yesterday the five of us shared the slow cooked lamb with potato gratin and cabbage. We all agreed that it was superb. The service was attentive and prompt whilst the ambience was warm and welcoming. I will certainly go again.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We went for a dinner. The restaurant was full so we sat in the pub area, but the menu was the same in both areas. We had a delicious and very abundant pie, a lamb shank and a schnitzel. We didn't appreciate too much the latter. The place has a nice and comfy atmosphere, there is also the possibility to... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We had an evening meal here with two friends in June 2015. The place was heaving with people when we arrived but the service was remarkably quick and the meal quality very good. I would be pleased to eat there again.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I always have such a great dining experience here-friendly staff,great seasonal food, nice wines and a chilled atmosphere.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

There must be something about Magdalen Road. Home to the excellent Oli's Thai which is pushed hard just up the road by the Magdalen Arms. It's difficult to get a table here and you really need to book, but now I can see why. We turned up half an hour early - no problem, seated within minutes. Our waitress Paula... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Visit this pub for a change of pace. We had the Tappas Platter for a starter -- very good. We ordered the Harissa Chicken for an entree. This takes a bit longer to make and is well worth the wait.

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Additional Information about Magdalen Arms

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

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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, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?