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Magdalen Arms

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243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
+44 1865 243159
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We ordered Venison en Croute for two, which arrived after a perfectly reasonable 25 minute wait (its cooked to order🙏) with glistening pastry, perfectly cooked and nicely presented, al dente veges, hot and steaming! All looking very promising until we tried to cut and serve the meat. We sawed away at it with a sharp knife, but really struggled to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A small adult birthday celebration at lunchtime. The atmosphere was good, the menu well priced although a little limited in some areas. Service was very friendly and everything arrived on time and was well prepared. There were some very good menu items and I think it changes regularly. There are a lot of very local ingredients which adds to the... More 

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Thank john n
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here many time from meeting friends over drinks or have a date. It is an excellent cosy pub, giving you and your party enough space to chat. The food is very nice and moreover staff are very helpful. It is located on Iffley Road and it takes around 25mins to walk from city centre.

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Thank Cognesence
Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here several times, mainly for a drink and it's a lovely pub for that. We went for lunch today though and it was poor: Menu is very generously-priced, pasta at £15.80? Cod at £18? That's expensive for London! The only main dish under £15 was the burger, which was chewy and greasy, with greasy chips. Really disappointing. To... More 

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Catonsville, Maryland
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We actually ate at the Magdalen Arms twice while in Oxford. Both meals were excellent with not your typical pub food. I had a warm winter salad which was excellent and a delicious pork stew. Our entire family enjoyed it and the drinks-- especially the special prosecco drinks-- were delicious. Lots of cozy seating arrangements too.

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Thank Mutanu
Basel, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

I firstt ate there 2 weeks ago. And it was so good I wondered could they reach that standard consistently. I've been back twice since then, and each time it was absolutely superb. This is good food in simple surroundings. Tonight I had the cheese souffle salad starter, pheasant pie for main course, and a melange dessert, washed down with... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Pros: Nice Staff Nice Decoration Nice Atmnospere Cons: OVERoverpriced food.(not value for mney) poor menu selection. (many mains need to be shared by 2,3 or even 4 ppl,If I wanted to eat the same food as the others, I would ask my mum to cook like in a family meal) Poor to terrible beer selection Poor to terrible whiskey selection

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1 Thank stavhel
oxford
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

I adore everything about this pub. The food is delicious and we love the daily change of menu. Gorgeous soups, soufflés, homemade bread, sharing suet crust pies, fish....The atmosphere is fantastic, quirky, with vintage stuff to buy. Love it, love it, love it!!!!

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Thank maylarch
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

Food is excellent, although they often they sell-out of most tempting dishes surprisingly early. It's losing it's 'charming pub' feeling and is becoming a restaurant. Beer is warm and soapy, poor. Go to the Maggie for red meat and red wine and you'll be happy.

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Thank Gnarloo
Wales
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

Menu so restricted by sharing dishes we all ordered the rolled pork as we were only three and wanted a Sunday lunch or something near. Staff excellent and cheerful. Food dreadful and way over priced. We were served 3 plates of extremely fatty pork placed on a bed of what looked like food bin leftovers wet and horrid plus poorly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, European, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
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: +44 1865 243159

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