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Magdalen Arms

243 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
01865 243 159
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Ranked #110 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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Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Oxford
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Went here with my wife and parents in law who were visiting from abroad. 3 of us went for the bavette steak and one for the fish (sorry cant remember). I can say the steak was DELICIOUS. As meat lovers it was such a delight to have a tender juicy cooked pink tasty steak. 5* for that. For starters we... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Arrived without booking a table at about 7.30 on a Monday. The restaurant area was full but we were told we could sit in the bar as the menu is the same. Other reviews seem to complain about service but I guess you get rid of some of the issues by ordering at the bar; although it probably helps that... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Excellent food at family meal recently. We had pre-booked table and from the staff in the bar through to the waiters and lady taking payment, service was very friendly and efficient. The food was very good, certainly upmarket pub grub and as we visit Oxford regularly we will certainly return. Well done

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Surrey UK
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If what you want are lace napkins and formal coordinated lifting of cloches ( and from time to time that can be nice ) then The Magdalen Arms may not be quite your cup of lapsang. However if you want interesting and vibrant food served by charming staff led by the warm and friendly Florence, then this is the very... More

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Stoke-on-Trent
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Had an excellent lunch here. Food fabulous and the service very good. We were happy to relax and chat in pleasant surroundings whilst waiting for our food to be freshly prepared. Would highly recommend it.

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Marseille, France
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I can't recommend the Magdalen Arms enough, we reserved a terrace table for a balmy summer evening at the end of July. The terrace is charming and perfect for the summer. Large shared tables and benches manage to provide enough space for an intimate meal, while giving a pleasantly informal and un-gastropub air to the place. I'd recommend starting with... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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