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The Old Bookbinders Ale House

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
$9 - $23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
French, Bar, Pub
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a lovely evening at The sold Bookbinders . Fab good, great atmosphere and staff that are both friendly and helpful. Menu has many excellent choices and the prices are very competitive. I highly recommend this hostelry.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The general excellence of this place as been maintained since I last visited about five years ago - a friendly welcome, absolutely superb food, and very charming and attentive service. Dog-friendly too!

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed March 19, 2022 via mobile

Splendid. Fast and friendly service; great food and beers; charming and quirky interior. Good choices for vegans/vegetarians. Great value for money eating from the set menus.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 6, 2022 via mobile

I was so glad I booked, we went away in half term, absolutely fabulous place, full of ambience, quite an extensive menu,we both had the beef. It was very busy but absolutely fantastic service, it was great and we had a fantastic evening.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 6, 2022 via mobile

Feel nervous about writing a review! Great find, don't want it to get more popular. Service excellent by young lady(French?) food superb, had 2 course set menu. Will come again

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed February 20, 2022

I went here with my boyfriend for a Valentine's meal (they offered a set menu) and we had a fantastic time. The bistro part where we were sitting is tucked away behind the actual pub - it's an intimate setting but doesn't feel crowded. The...decoration has a vintage, maximalist vibe that really works. Everyone we met - from the lady I spoke to over the phone when booking, to the bar staff, to the waiters who served our meal - was really friendly and helpful. And the food! Every course was absolutely delicious and we also had some really nice lemonade to accompany it. I must make special mention of our dessert, which was a platter of mini desserts to share between us. The presentation was beautiful (picture does not do it justice) and the taste was even better! Could not have asked for a lovelier evening.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 17, 2022 via mobile

Was really impressed with this place! Had read about it online and chanced a table with a friend to try the food here. It really did not disappoint. The food is served in a quirky, maximalist back dining room (love!), I could barely peel away...from exploring the walls to even keep a conversation. This is reflected in the quirky clientele which adds another layer of depth to the pub’s atmosphere. The food really is lovely. My friend had the king prawn starter dish, which was thoroughly enjoyed. I had the rosee du matin for main and it was absolutely delicious! Will come back just for that dish to be honest. Our waitress seemed a bit distracted and thus kind of inattentive throughout the stay but I think it was just an off day as the diners around us were well attended to by other members of the team. Nevertheless, I’d definitely be keen to come back and try more of the very reasonably priced menu.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 14, 2022

Stopped in here for a pint on the way back to the nearby train station. Good old fashioned pub, with lots of memorabilia on the walls and ceilings. Good beer too.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed January 25, 2022

In the lovely setting of Jericho, just behind the very interesting St. Barnabas church, the Old Bookbinder Ale House is in the same time a beautiful, atmospheric pub (see photo) and a great French restaurant. The food is delicious, the choice ample, prices very reasonable,...service excellent - the waiters even wear striped tops a la Francaise. We has king prawns, beef Bourgignon, Seabass, a mousse and a salted caramel ice cream: all delicious. No sign of old book-binding activity, but many drinkers sitting at the bar - which is always a good sign. We'll definitely be back.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed December 12, 2021

a part of 6 on Fri 10th Dec, great decor, toilets are fabulous and clean, attentive staff, absolutely amazing food quality and price, thanks very much, would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed November 29, 2021

Meal with my daughter and father. Thoroughly recommend all the dishes we had: Steak, mussels, prawns, bourguignon , pork cutlet. Very good beer. However, menu seems more limited than before - snails for one have slid off! Having said that I'll return.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 19, 2021 via mobile

Had an excellent lunch with friends, gluten free was my key reason tk choose this out and I was not disappointed. Attention to detail shone through in service, food, and issue resolution was absolutely no problem. As simple as a bread portion being checked and...spotted as wrong had my meal returned to the kitchen to have a clean plate provided with the meal and fresh GF bread freshly put of the ovenMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 12, 2021

this pub was a hidden gem with amazing old memorabilia decor and a cosy feel to it. The food was good but not out of this world and lacked a bit of flavour but comforting food and amazing friendly staff. We were then on quiz...night and this was great fun and thankfully we didn't come last!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 27, 2021 via mobile

The food was excellent. The beer was good and so was the wine. The night we were there was ‘Open Mic’ night and the quality of the musicians was superb. Overall a great ambience, excellent decoration, a pub with a magical warm glow. I’d go...back every week if I lived in Oxford.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 17, 2021

I expected this to be good from the reviews but it was disappointing . Food very average. Table in dark room with virtually no windowsMore

Date of visit: October 2021
josh_oxford, Owner at The Old Bookbinders Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2021

Hi there! It looks like you were sat in our dining room in the back of the building. We generally prefer the term "atmospheric" when describing it, in fact, many people will actually request a table in that room! If you'd have spoken to one...More

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September 3, 2018|
Response from Prodipto B | Reviewed this property |
Don’t know what you mean by city centre, but it’s about 1 km from the railway station and half a km from the Oxford University Press Offiçe, near the Jericho area
John B
August 28, 2018|
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Response from JandrewStamford | Reviewed this property |
It would take you 40 minutes to walk to the pub so probably a taxi would be easier. If you contact the pub they should be able to take your booking. It was a friendly place with good service.
January 28, 2018|
Response from josh_oxford | Property representative |
Hi, Could you please contact us directly on 01865 553549. Thanks!
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The Old Bookbinders Ale House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5