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The Oxford Blue

32 Marston Street, Oxford, England
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Ranked #153 of 482 restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: English, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Healthy
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Full restaurant and garden.
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73% Recommend
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The bartender was quite and unhelpful. The waitress was moody and had a face on her. However the beer is ok and I guess at the end of the day thats what you want a pub for which is nice to sit outside in the sun and enjoy - tad expensive for what it is. It is in the middle... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Terrible evening! The place smells of drains- not something anyone would like to smell whilst waiting for food or eating it:(( Had steak- arrived few smallish slices of beef.... Tasted bitter.... Would never want to have something like this again!! That was suppose to be accompanied by ginger sauce but instead got some oil.... Really didn't fit in with chips... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Ordered a steak. Four tiny strips of beef came to the table. It was hideously small. Never seen anything like this. McDonald's makes better chips. The meat was actually bitter. My guess is the grill wasn't clean, so the meat had lots of burnt stuff stuck to it. Horrible food and very expensive. Stear clear of it

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Recently made my third trip to the Oxford Blue and second for food. On both occasions eating I have been fortunate to have half price food. On both occasions I left feeling that I would have been disappointed had I paid the large price tags attached to what is essentially decent pub food. The second trip was with a very... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Whilst short on time before going to see Patrick Wolf at St. John the Evangelist church we found ourselves at The Oxford Blue. I really liked the pub in it's previous guise; planned as a 'sports pub' but actually providing great food; great service and great value. Now as more of a 'gastro-pub' it is managed by the people behind... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

This was my favourite place a year ago see my last review... Won't go into details but the food is now dreadful, only saving grace is the great staff. ... If the chef/menu stays the same then avoid!

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Excellent lunch but surprisingly few customers. Both starters - calamari, and fried asparagus were good and the mains we're excellent. Catalan fish stew and belly of pork were both tasty and satisfying. This place deserves to attract a bigger clientele. Certainly, if you can't get into the Magdalen Arms just down the road, then give this place a try. The... More

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The decor is the first thing that strikes you as being more miss than hit - as though someone had half an idea of how it should look then executed it pretty badly and ran out of money. Such as the empty wine bottles in glass cabinets. But service was very friendly and, as we were nearly the only people... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The nicest thing about the meatball starter was the chips that lay underneath. The meatballs were bland and the sauce too oily. The following Sunday roast consisted of overcooked meat and undercooked potatoes neither of which were hot. The place itself had a makeshift appearance with poor lighting and uninspiring decor. The great surprise on walking out, and I'll never... More

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

At a weekend this gets busy ...so book. The chef Dani from Malaga is creating excellent authentic and hugely satisfying modern 'casero' grandma dishes - a Catalan fish stew, a very, very, very good sea bream & the albondigas - meatballs in their creamy almond sauce are great for the 'pringa' - mopping up with sourdough bread.

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