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Magdalen Arms
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243 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
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243 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
01865 243 159
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11:00 am - 10:30 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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • 152
    Excellent
  • 89
    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 27
    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
Most recent review
Quality at a Price

This is a pub where almost everything is good to outstanding. The food is exceptional. Everything we ate, at a dinner for 6, was of top quality. The rib of beef was every bit as good as a Bistecca Fiorentina in a high class Tuscan restaurant. The wines were almost equally good. Staff are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
Geoffrey B
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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353 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

This is a pub where almost everything is good to outstanding. The food is exceptional. Everything we ate, at a dinner for 6, was of top quality. The rib of beef was every bit as good as a Bistecca Fiorentina in a high class Tuscan restaurant. The wines were almost equally good. Staff are friendly and the atmosphere is good.... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Innovative and delicious food near The Terrace jolly luckily for me. British French flavour with friendly not formal atmosphere!

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UK
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I love this place. Great food, friendly staff, family atmosphere and Bitter Winter beer also very good. My idea of heaven.

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Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We first started going to this restaurant when my daughter was a student in Oxford about 10 years ago. It quickly became one of our favourite places to go for special occasions - pricey but worth every penny.When my daughter announced her engagement earlier this year, it seemed like the ideal choice of venue to celebrate with the new members... More 

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

This pub just outside Oxford centre is very loud, busy and noisy but we visited on a Saturday evening and there were a lot of groups eating. The food was very good but most of the mains are for sharing and I think only 2 of the dishes are for individuals so you need to have the same tastes as... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I would compare the food they serve with a French Brasserie. Apart from the typical fish & chips, there was plenty of well cooked main courses. I personally had the duck and Puy lentils, and it was simple, yet delicious, with endives in the lentils. Just great! The service was great. Maybe slow to come and give the additional water... More 

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

ate on a Saturday night in this just discovered gem down the Iffley road, had a fantastic meal but I would say the following: *essential to book, it was heaving *the outside appearance is deceptive *it is very noisy mainly due to a very large space filled with large youngish parties eating, this added to the upbeat atmosphere but may... More 

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Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

There must be other places to eat in Oxford we've just never found them until now! We opted to sit in out back in the restaurant as opposed to sitting in the bar. As we where a little pressed for time we skipped starters., My wife opted for Hereford rib of beef, chips, salad and bearnaise which was served for... More 

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Oxford
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

This is my favourite place to eat in oxford and I've been many times but to perfect it they need to have a think about dampening the noise. I took my (pretty young) parents there for Sunday lunch and we could barely hear each other across the table. When I rang to book the table the waitress on the other... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

In Oxford during the week for work and chose this because it was close to hotel. Have eaten there three times and shouldnt have gone back after the second but gave them the benefit of the doubt. First meal, pheasant was lovely. Second the pumpkin risotto was awful, greasy and tasteless but thought may be veggie wasnt their strength. Tonight... 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?