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“Rooftop RESTAURANT at the Ashmolean” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH, England
44-1865-278000
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Ranked #3 of 95 Attractions in Oxford
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, established in 1683, is Britain’s oldest public museum and one of the oldest museums in the world.
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“Rooftop RESTAURANT at the Ashmolean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Restaurant at the Ashmolean is the only "rooftop restaurant" in Oxford, with an outdoor rooftop terrace (on which, although it is outdoors, for some nasty PC reason smoking is also not allowed) and super views across to the Randolph Hotel and unique views of "the gleaming spires of Oxford" (or what is left of these views considering the plethora of modern ugly University and other buildings that have so disfigured the city in the last 50 years...).

This restaurant COULD BE really wonderful; unfortunately it isn't. Although the food I have eaten here on my various visits IS quite good (I once had a brilliant fritatta and on another occasion a superb French slow-cooked lamb dish...and some VERY nice wines), it is a fairly expensive place to eat. I have always found their serving staff to give excellant (and charming!) service (once you manage to get a table, that is).

The restaurant's main problem, from my point of view, is its "snooty" attitude towards seating and reservations. You come into a half-full restaurant and are asked if you have a reservation. You are then told that you need one and that you can't be accommodated. You remonstrate with the person trying to make you feel like an idiot (for not having previously reserved your highly-sought-after table) and are then, (miraculously?) shown to one of the several (and occasionally more than "several") empty tables dotted about.... After that, all is plain sailing and you might spend the rest of the afternoon at said hard-fought-for table enjoying a GOOD AMBIENCE, some VERY GOOD FOOD and nice wine (although at a largish price).

Why do they DO this???????

Visited December 2012
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“Really interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

So much to look at, didn't know where to start. Particularly like the art and the collection of fine china was fascinating. A museum I would return to.

Visited February 2013
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“A real gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great museum and still free.
I liked It s central location .
Make sure you see the Alfred jewell
I disliked nothing

Visited February 2013
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“Fantastic Free Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a must visit museum if you're in Oxford; you will need to spend a whole day to do it justice! The cafe is also worth a visit, the carrot cake is delicious. The shop is also worth going into as it has lots of interesting things to buy rather than the usual tat one finds at some attractions.

Visited February 2013
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“A wonderful museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

What's not like?! It has everything you could wish for in a museum and a great rooftop restaurant as well.

Visited February 2013
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