We had heard of this café before and at last decided to try it. The main room is spacious with a reasonably high ceiling which meant that although the tables were spaced closely together, one didn't feel cramped. When we arrived we were greeted pleasantly and shown to a table. At that time 12 noon, it was reasonably empty but by 1 p.m. when we left, it had filled up. The service was prompt and the waitresses were efficient and friendly, there were also enough of them to serve everyone quickly.
We ordered the all day breakfast at £4.95, we could also have had filled bagels for that price or
paninis for £6.95. There were also other dishes on the menu. We also ordered Oxford tea. It came in a pot with enough to fill the glass cups twice each. However, the first cup was nice but the second cup was very stewed and unpleasant. We couldn't help wondering if they had put twice the amount of tea leaves in it as there were a lot in the pot. You are provided with a strainer as it is loose tea. They also had other teas e.g. green tea. The food itself was well cooked. We noticed that on the next table the two people had ordered just a cream tea for one and the other a cheese cake and this wasn't a problem. Toilets are downstairs and are clean.
The one thing it didn't have was 'news'! Yes there were some papers and magazines on a rack like many other places but the only small television we saw on the wall wasn't switched on. Therefore to call it a 'News Cafe' was a misnomer. At least the 'Clock Cafe' in the Cowley Road does have lots of different clocks on the walls so it lives up to its name!
Since the prices in the News Café were reasonable and service good, we would return.
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