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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 - 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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 188
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    Very good
  • 66
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  • 28
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  • 29
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fancy food, redone pub on Iffley Road.

Food was quite good, set-up ok. A bit pricy, but that's normal in Oxford, especially these days. This is definitely a gastro-pub at the very least, or a restaurant with a pub bar. It's not the spot to go if you are looking for a quick reasonable bite and a pint. But that's ok. They also have a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Momof2Paris_Boston
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Paris/Boston
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Food was quite good, set-up ok. A bit pricy, but that's normal in Oxford, especially these days. This is definitely a gastro-pub at the very least, or a restaurant with a pub bar. It's not the spot to go if you are looking for a quick reasonable bite and a pint. But that's ok. They also have a bit of... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We love it here. The food is top-class, wholesome, locally sourced and locally prepared. It's a little on the pricey side but worth every penny. The sharing plates are particularly special and unique. My top tip is to sit in the bar area and order courses as you want them. It's much more relaxing than having table service and works... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

While the food was lovely, I felt this was place was too snobby and trying to be something its not. The lamb neck was delicious but very pricey.

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Very much enjoyed tapas plate to begin, followed by shared dish of neck of lamb for two and well cooked roast pork. Lamb would have served three.. Vibrant atmosphere with good service. Glasses a little water marked but otherwise more than happy to recommend. Will visit again. Like the relatively short menu.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Went for a weekday supper with mixed expectations but it was great. The drinks menu was interesting, the food was delicious and portion sizes were huge and the staff were helpful and friendly. Even the music was great! It is nice to have a local place which seems to welcome people of all ages and all types.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Based on recommendations I've tried this place a few times. I get the feeling it can do a good job, but when busy the staff seem overstretched. This leads to long wait times and the staff being rude. The food, once it arrives, isn't worth the wait or the cost.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Visited this restaurant several times and it keeps surprising. The menue-card is Always a surprise and very innovative with local and regional products. Food is prepared fresh and to order. Staff is very welcoming and prepared to advise you. It is an informal atmosphere.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We ordered neck of lamb (slow cooked) for two, and it was HUGE! It came with a large dish of potato dauphinois and another big serving of red cabbage. A wide range of wines and beers on offer, and we spent less than £50 inclusive of drinks. Service was efficient and friendly. Original art works and craft items on display,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This was my 2nd visit to this pub and I was not disappointed. The food is spot on and the portions are very generous. It's not particularly cheap but good value for what you get. The service was very good also. Would definitely recommend.

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Oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Three of us ate here on a busy Saturday, the food was excellent, the waiting staff were in control, we were able to relax and enjoy.

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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: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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?