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Magdalen Arms

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243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
01865 243 159
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place in Oxford for Sunday lunch. Sharing joints of meat, with Yorkshire roasties and veg all served on a serving dish. Everyone said that it was one of the best roast dinners they had ever had! Not eating meat I went for the monkfish with olive oil mash which was really nice. Unfortunately they had just sold out of... More 

1 Thank Alisonjwood
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came to the Magdalen Arms after reading a very good review about their Sunday lunch. The place is spacious but booking is advised. We were asked for drinks but after getting two trays of bread (really nice but £4.8 for a small tray) and a wait of 15 minutes, I had to go and get them by myself. We... More 

Thank Luigidangel
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the food here! The artichoke will never be forgotten. The bartender is so sweet and there are some vintage clothes for sale as well. Great walk from the center of town and you pass the place where Roger bannister broke the 5 minute mile.

1 Thank Linda M
Berlin, Germany
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Typical pub food and feel. Immense portions of the highly recommended slow cooked lamb or roast beef. Good wine list. Loud but fun.

1 Thank Pugsitter
Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Large dining space in a vintage pub, very busy, popular, noisy and dark, as attracts the majority. Lively efficient service as often in a university city Very difficult parking as the original courtyards must have been sold and filled in by surrounding small firms..Double yellow lines everywhere. We chose to park illicitly in a small business yard, in the side... More 

Thank kalfayanmredward
Seattle, Washington
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I stumbled into this place hungry, tired, and a bit disoriented during a long walk through Oxford on our first day in England. Not knowing the routine, we asked and were cheerfully briefed, despite the fact that the place was packed. Due to inattention, we ordered food enough for four (the harrisa chicken plus another entree, plus... More 

1 Thank Jon A
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

I've visited the Magdalen Arms many times and is one of my favourite places to eat in Oxford. I always go with very high expectations because the food standards are normally very high, there is always a great variety and I like the informal restaurant setting. However I've noticed of late that my expectations aren't being met as they used... More 

Thank Anthony N
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Great service Gorgeous outside seating for eating and/ or drinking Very interesting and creative menu

1 Thank Evelynmay1918
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

This is truly a wonderful pub. The food is excellent. We had the goats cheese soufflé and the stuffed artichoke to start, then we both had the fish stew. All the food was wonderful. Really wonderful. And it's such a surprise, because it's 10 minutes out of Oxford, in the suburbs. But seriously worth the short trip. And the young... More 

1 Thank MdeT
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Called in to Magdalen Arms for morning coffee, friendly welcoming staff, but two coffees and croissants costing £13 (the croissants were £2 each ) so two cups of very expensive coffee!! Sadly, we will not be returning Dee H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, European, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 01865 243 159

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?