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“No news at the News Cafe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of News Cafe

News Cafe
1 Ship Street, Oxford, England
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Ranked #319 of 471 Restaurants in Oxford
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Oxford, United Kingdom
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189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
“No news at the News Cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

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.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Oxfordshire, UK
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Tucked away in the corner of Oxford, snug as bug!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

News cafe is great for breakfast or lunch or an afternoon coffee and cake. It can be a bit of squeeze when busy, but all adds to the charm in my opinion! Service is fast and attentive. The lunch menu has a good selection and is all great tasting. Must also serve the large latte in the biggest mug I have ever seen! Really nice independent cafe if you fancy a change from the big brands.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Character and Quality In One.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Found thus quaint cafe by chance. Just off the main street, No 1 Ship Street. Please don't pass it by. Small inside, but welcoming and friendly Staff. Very good and reasonably priced food, Good range of Wines by the Bottle or glass. Enjoy as we did.

Visited March 2014
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Bangalore
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“Beware if you have any food allergies”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

We went in to this Cafe because the board outside advertised Gluten free cakes- but discovered they had none. All that there was in the name of GF were 3 packaged brownies. Since the response for which cake was GF was far from reassuring, we had to ask 3 waitresses and got 3 different answers from all-so beware if you have any allergy and walk in here.

Visited March 2014
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“Good food - friendly staff - very cozy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Just a few short steps from one of the hotels I stayed at in Oxford, this cafe is well located just off the main area of Oxford City Centre meaning it wasn't constantly packed so you could get a seat easily, the food was very good and the atmosphere pleasant. It was an excellent place to stop in and have a leisurely pot of tea of something for breakfast in the mornings before heading out to walk the city.

Visited March 2014
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