On a chilly Sunday at Oxford what better way to defrost the body than to enjoy a warming lunch at Jo's? We had really enjoyed a lesson at the cooking school some years earlier. About the same time we took advantage of the Thursday evening option which we enjoyed. This time on arrival there was some confusion at the counter about seating and how we would place an order. We left the confusion behind deciding to opt for the annex room that is adjacent to the cooking school. It offered the most toddler friendly environment, which we are grateful for - being conscious of not wanting to disturb couples or groups of travellers. We received the menu and were eager to order. My daughter asked for a toasted sandwich for her two years old - we don't offer that was the reply. The children's meal consisted of saveloys, fries, a pie and some small triangle sanwiches, fruit and some lollies... all very 1950s and in our view inappropriate for a child. The regular menu was similarly designed - fatty options with lashings of bacon, pies and other country fare. We watched as the nearby diners recieved their meals, the food looking rather like a pile of cholesterol on a plate as opposed to the well presented images of food photographed for Jo's cookbooks.
We enjoyed our coffee and biscuits: it was excellent quality and fresh, the yoyos were short and crumbly, the creamy filling was ample. The fluffy was well recieved by our toddler as was the chocolate fish and the white chocoalte buttons that accompanied it!! All in all we made the most of our visit - but were disappointed to return to an icon of Oxford's establishment that is looking tired and resting on it's laurels. Staff could do with some customer focused training as well. We will visit again for coffee because its the most palatable option - the menu and the food presentation needs a reality check - at the pass the chef cannot airbrush out the faults it seems.
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